12 Photography Tips for Writers

Sometimes it helps to be able to take a good picture of what you are writing about. However, editors expect digital images of high quality. Here are some tips for writers who would like to know what editors are looking for.

  1. If it is not sharp do not even think about submitting it. Sending in a blurry image is a sure way to be ignored.
  2. The photograph should be at least 300 dpi. If you don’t know what that means find out.
  3. Do not alter the image except for cropping. Although an editor may have her art department use Photoshop, that’s not usually your call.
  4. Take as many angles as possible. You never know which is the ‘best’ side.
  5. Move in or zoom in to show details.
  6. Use a digital camera that is at least 8 megapixels.
  7. Do not change the file from a .jpg to a .gif to make it smaller.
  8. If you take pictures of people, get written permission in order to use their images.
  9. Don’t be intimidated into thinking you need a fancy Nikon or Canon camera. Chase Jarvis, a noted photographer, has a book called The Best Camera is the One That’s With You. All you need is your iPhone! No kidding, many of today’s smart phones have built in cameras that are good enough for publication.
  10. Look over your camera’s manual.
  11. Keep your digital camera’s battery charged!
  12. Finally, check with the publication before you submit pictures. Know exactly what their requirements may be.

Get out those cameras!