As bloggers we all know how important beautiful photos are to our posts.
It’s what keeps our readers coming back or even staying long enough to get to know us.
But what if you want to submit those photos to a magazine…
Here are my 5 must know tips for magazine worthy photos.
This is the MOST important step towards being published. Your photos MUST have a resolution of 300 dpi. This is an area that confuses a lot of people, so let me explain the requirements when it comes to resolution. Your photo may appear large on your computer screen where the resolution is 72 dpi (dots per inch), however, when it is printed on paper it may only be a few centimetres wide. Print media requires a much higher resolution of 300 dpi to produce crisp, clear photos that are large enough.
There are several easy ways to determine what the resolution of your photos are…. if you have a photo editing program like Photoshop you can check the image size for resolution and dimensions. Alternatively, right click on your photo and click on Properties. It will give you all the specific dimensions.
It is always a good idea as a blogger to take your photos using high resolution settings on your camera, so you have appropriate sized photos that you can then resize and make separate files of low res photos for use on the web.
There is a way that low resolution (72 dpi) photos can be converted to a higher resolution in Photoshop, except it does reduce the size of photos considerably and may no longer meet the magazine size requirements.
Natural daylight offers the best lighting conditions for natural looking photos. Photos taken at night are too dark and if a flash is used the shadows are harsh and the colours distorted. Almost every house has that one area that is perfect for lighting. You may have to set up a mini studio spaces to harness those lighting conditions.
This one’s simple… eliminate the shake and have crisp non-blurry photos by using a tripod and timer setting on your camera. I most often use my small table tripod for those close up photos, but you can use what you have available, whether that’s a stack of books or some kind of box to rest your camera on.
The background of your photos is very important. There’s nothing more disappointing than a wonderful project that has all the right lighting conditions, but in the background of the photo there is an overflowing sink of dishes for all to see. Some basic styling can still appear natural, but eliminates clutter or bright colours from the background. Think about the theme of your photo… can you add some similar themed elements or props to enhance the photo. Sometimes simplicity and a muted background is the perfect backdrop. A few extra minutes spent composing your layout could be the difference between ordinary and extraordinary!
You may only want to submit a few photos, but be armed with dozens to choose from. For every photo shoot I do, I take heaps (and I really do mean heaps) of photos. Each shot I vary the angle slightly, move the lighting source, take the shot from many different positions and reposition the props to get slight variations on my photo setting. Try taking both full photos and close ups.
I’ve had many submissions for Simply Shabbilicious magazine, but sadly only a few that met the requirements. Photo resolution seems to be the biggest issue, so I hope you’ll pin my 5 tips for magazine worthy photos, so you’ll know what magazines require.
And please, take a chance and submit your photos and projects for consideration.
You’ll never know if you don’t have a go!!
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