To meet the documentation requirements for the various programs of the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office, the following recommendations shall be considered the standard for photographs included in such submittals. SUBMITTALS NOT MEETING THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.


PHOTOGRAPH FORMAT: Must be no less than three by five inches (3" x 5") and no larger than eight by ten inches (8" x 10")

PHOTOGRAPH TYPE: The preferred photograph type is black and white, glossy finish prints. Color prints are acceptable. High quality digital images are acceptable. POLAROIDS, SLIDES, PHOTOCOPIES, AND POOR QUALITY DIGITAL IMAGES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.

FILM: Photographs should be taken with 35mm film.

PHOTOGRAPHIC QUALITY: Photographic images must be clear and in focus, taken in good light, and taken under good climatic conditions.

LABELING OF PHOTOGRAPHS: All photographs must have the following information clearly typewritten on a self-adhesive label (such as a blank address label) adhered to the back of each photograph. Do not write on the back of the photograph in ink. Do not mount the photograph onto sheets of paper or cardboard. Do not apply a label with rubber cement or tape. ANY PHOTOGRAPHS NOT HAVING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTABLE:,

PHOTOGRAPH CONTENT: Please provide at least one good, clear quality view of every structure surveyed. Two are recommended. The photographs must be current, documenting the current appearance. At least one of the photographs must show the entire front elevation of the resource, and photographs of the side and rear elevations are suggested.

Additional photographs of various portions of historic resources may be required to document historic materials and construction. The following guide to the composition of historic resources should serve as a general guide for photo documentation.

Elements, features, or details described as important or significant to the resource should be properly photo-documented.

ELEVATIONS: Elevations of the building must show the entire length and/or width of the building. Elevations are used to identify the style of building and type of construction. Front, side, and corner view are typical of elevations.

BUILDING ELEMENTS: Elements are large portions of the building, such as walls and roofs, that contain repeated features, such as doors, windows and large decorative details. These patterns are important and should be evident in the photographs.

FEATURES OF BUILDING ELEMENTS: Features including porches, entryways and large significant decorative aspects of the building should be shown.

DETAILS OF THE FEATURES: Close-up photographs of windows, doors, and repeated designs and motifs may be provided. Also views of typical work methods and materials such as mortar joints, cornice details and finishes. Photographs of these details may be especially important when requesting an opinion of effect for an eligible or listed resource.

SPECIAL DECORATIVE DETAILS: Any special limited use details or materials that add to the significance of the resource should be properly illustrated, particularly when requesting an opinion of effect for an eligible listed resource.

DETAILS OF CONDITION: If you believe that severe deterioration makes a property ineligible for the National Register, be sure to include clear photographic documentation of the condition of the property.

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