What do you think it takes to get your photos published in magazines? When we ask this question of photographers they almost always say: “It takes a killer photo to get into a magazine!”
Well… a killer photo certainly won’t hurt your chances, but magazine editors look for so much more than a pretty photo! As a photographer friend used to say, “‘your job as a photographer is to get the magazine editor to coffee faster!” The easier you make it for the editor, the more likely they will use your photo. Is the photo a match for their editorial content either stylistically or based on a seasonal need? Does it portray a story that will stand on its own or supplement an article? Is the image prepared to the exact specifications the magazine needs for publishing? Is your pricing in line with the budget of the magazine? We will cover these questions and more on Saturday November 17th from 2 – 4 PM when we bring in professional photographer and former magazine editor Patrick Kane to Cochrane, Alberta to give an oopoomoo Talk: Get Published! Insider Secrets to Shooting for and Working with Magazines. Get the scoop from a pro working both sides of the industry!
And speaking of magazines and being published, a little bragging is in order…to date Samantha and I have over 100 published magazine articles between us – yippee! The next issue of Outdoor Photography Canada which will hit the newstands in a month or so will have Samantha featured as the profiled photographer. Samantha and I will also have a feature article entitled: The Successful Photographer’s Two-Step: Getting Over Five Fatal Mis-Steps in Your Images and, finally, I will have my regular Advanced Shooter column this time with the topic Chasing the Icon: a Checklist for Failure?
If you head to newsstands or subscribe to Outdoor Photographer, you will see my image below from Goat Pond in Kananaskis gracing the December 2012 cover! If memory serves, I think this is my fifth cover for this magazine. Sam took a photo of Goat Pond with the same rock in the foreground but in a different direction and had the cover on the December 2008 issue of Pop Photo along with a 4-page spread in the same issue (see below)!
So…I didn’t mention these articles just to brag (honest). Another point that I wanted to bring up is that marketing your images and work these days is all about networking. If an editor has met you or spoken with you, that little bit of ‘real’ contact goes a long way. I bet — all other things being equal — when it comes to picking the next piece to publish, the editor will pick you over some ‘stranger’ (unless you really mess up your little meeting!). But don’t believe us! Your first chance to meet someone in the biz in person, is Pat Kane’s talk this Saturday in Cochrane. So if you’re AT ALL interested in getting your work published, remember that these kinds of chances don’t come by very often. And for those of you not in the area, watch for ways that you can meet key people in your region such as at writer’s lunches, trade shows, or speaking engagements.
To show you examples of a few of our articles that made it to publication, just click on the titles below.