posted on January 31, 2011 09:26
An outfitter friend e-mailed a well written story last month about a client’s hunt for a world-class black bear. Along with it, he attached several gorgeous images of the man and his trophy.
Six e-mails, a visit to a photo-sharing website and a CD-rom later, I reluctantly was forced to discard the story. The bear was a keeper and the story better than average, but the photographs – or jpegs – were simply too small.
Unfortunately, the lack of a publishable photograph is frustratingly common.
The poor or distasteful quality of the image is usually why it’s rejected. But its size is equally important. Without decent photo support, a busy editor isn’t going to waste time reading what could be the best written story or the most interesting tale ever committed to paper.
For magazine purposes, we need jpegs close to or larger than 1 Mb in size (that’s 1,000 Kb). The little ones look great on a computer monitor and even on photographic paper. But they will not work when resized for a magazine.
To ensure you’ll get usable images, set your camera so that it will take big photos. In many cases, you’ll have three options: small, medium and large, or small, better and best. Choose the “large” or “best” options. You might also be asked to choose when downloading and saving an image from your camera to your computer. Always choose the largest/best possible. You can always save smaller copies to be e-mailed, while retaining the larger ones for persnickety magazine editors.
The following tips will help you with quality.
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