Picture it! Good Photographs Sell Magazine Articles


The truth is that many publications, leakforums especial the glossy print markets increasingly look for a complete “package” of words and pictures. Researching and purchasing photographs or other artwork to run alongside your exotic travel piece backpacking in outer Mongolia or first hand account of an initiation ceremony into the guild of wax effigy makers could prove both time consuming, expensive and sometimes down right impossible to source. führerschein-eu

If you are involved in writing these kinds of articles then the ability to take decent photographs is a must! I can’t promise to turn you into an over night David Bailey, but as someone who generally learns things the hard way and who is a big believer in short cuts, these tips will help get you off to a good start! niki-home

1. “It isn’t cameras that takes bad photographs but the operator behind the lens!” That was the first piece of advice I was given by the tutor of a photographic workshop I attended when I first began submitting photographs to my regional newspaper. inwa777

What he meant was, to take decent shots you must have a good understanding of your camera so, tip No. 1, if you still have your instruction booklet, spend some time browsing and experimenting so that you are completely familiar with its capabilities. mnl777

2. When you are in complete control of the wheel you need to know a little about picture composition. Remember the rule of thirds. Place the subject of the picture about one third of the way along the frame, either horizontally or vertically depending on how you are holding the camera.

3. Newspapers in particular like faces so try and crop in as close as you can and aim for a natural pose. This is not easy if your subject is shy or easily embarrassed so try and develop a cheerful banter to create a more relaxed atmosphere. If appropriate, get couples to look at each other, this can often produce an amazing photograph as people can’t help but reveal their feelings for each other, (whatever they are!).

I recently used this at a local school when I was asked to produce its prospectus which included taking an assortment of photographs of the children during their classroom activities. A tour of the school nature reserve gave me the chance to seat my two guides on a bench. I gave one of them a flower and told her to let the other smell it! The reaction was a delight and I’m quite proud of this photograph. For more info visit these site :, heng9999
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You can use this tip even if there is only one person involved, just get them to look at an object or even a pet, (especially recommended), but remember, if your article is about a person, they must be the focal point of the picture.

4. Landscapes depend a lot on mood to be really successful and mood is produced to a large extent by getting the lighting right. Low sunlight creates deep shadows and glowing colours so schedule your landscape shots for early morning or late afternoon. Sometimes though, the colour draining heat of mid-day can also produce an atmospheric shot if that is the effect you are after.

No matter how heart wringingly beautiful your scene you do need to structure the shot so as to lead the viewer into the picture. This is done by having an object a third or so of the way into the picture that will draw the eye like a stepping stone onto the next part of the picture.

For instance, a shot of a distant mountain might have a cyclist winding his way down a country road a third of the way into the picture. From here the eye naturally jumps to maybe a small lake two thirds of the way into the picture and this would finally lead to the mountain itself. One of my favourite set ups for this type of photograph is to have a companion in the foreground gazing into the distance. You can’t help but follow their gaze!

5. The really top glossies demand a high level of competence and photographs that show some artistic merit. Obtaining this level of ability needs a lot of practise and a good understanding of your camera’s capabilities, but… remember me talking about short cuts…? This is the one I employ all the time and although I’m a long way from being a Lord Litchfield, it certainly helps! So, copy the professionals!

 


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