Monday, April 12, 2010

OFFER IMAGES TO MAGAZINE EDITORS

(c) Julie H. Ferguson 2009
  
Michael DeFreitas, a professional travel photographer/writer, reminded writers that images pay more than words.
Here’s some of what he told us:
  • Every writer with a point-and-shoot digital camera can take pix that are good enough for print
  • Editors prefer not to use stock photos to illustrate your article—they want your pix
  • Shoot mostly verticals
  • Find “nuggets”—unusual facts or people—that can focus or ground your story
  • Know the story before you start shooting and shoot that story
  • Shoot with a specific magazine in mind. If it is for seniors, be sure you have older people in your pix
  • Shoot outside in the best light, which is before 10am and after 4pm. If you have to shoot at a sunny midday, set your white balance to “cloudy”
  • Always set your camera to its highest output. E.g. 10 megapixels.
  • Send the editor a selection of images  to choose from, numbered in the sequence that they appear in your story 
  • Then start pitching your articles and images all over the world.
It's a skill worth developing if you're a freelance writer!
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