Working for Magazines: If we can do it, so can you! (plus links to more free articles)

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 TalkGet Published! Insider Secrets to Shooting for and Working with MagazinesGet the scoop from a pro working both sides of the industry!

©Patrick Kane

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.

Advanced Shooter – Becoming a Better Photographer by Knowing When Not to Shoot

How to Choose the Perfect Backpacking and Travel Tripod

Paint with Time: Don’t  Freeze Action, Melt it With Very Long Exposures

Peak Shooting – Driving the Canadian Rockies

©Darwin Wiggett – Goat Pond (December 2012 cover of Outdoor Photographer)

©Samantha Chrysanthou – Sam’s version of Goat Pond

About the Author

I am a Canadian landscape and outdoor photographer who loves long hikes in the woods, yummy food, hairy dogs, good company and a good guitar jam.


  1. Tom Nevesely
    November 12, 2012

    Wow! Now I’m really looking forward to the next issue of Outdoor Photography Canada! And of course to your talk on Saturday!

    See you guys there. 🙂

  2. Jay Gould
    November 12, 2012

    For those of us not fortunate enough to be in Cochrane Nov 17th, might his thought find their way into print? Looking forward to next year. Cheers, Jay

  3. Aaron Bedee
    November 13, 2012

    I must agree with jay, I hope that the folks at oopoomoo will collaborate with Patrick and produce an ebook based on this talk. In fact, I think most of the talks that you host would be enhanced by an ebook or video to supplement the actual event. Whenever a new talk is announced, I am always envious of the folks that live near enough to you or have the means to travel to an event. You could really enhance you educational vision by using these talks to produce more accessible media.

  4. John & Sherrill
    November 14, 2012

    Great idea. Any chances that you will put some of these presentations into a format that can be accessed by those who can’t attend the talk?

  5. Samantha
    November 14, 2012

    Hi all,

    Stay tuned on taking the oopoomoo Talks to the digital era…we’re working on something for our friends who can’t make it out to Cochrane (although seeing us in person is of course why everyone makes the slog through the snow, RIGHT??!!)

  6. Darren Barclay
    November 15, 2012

    I’d like to add another vote for a video or transcript of the talk to be available for purchase. It was my desire to drive down for the day to attend the talk but prior commitments got in the way. (Darn family!! Hehe) Thanks

  7. Patrick Stuart
    November 16, 2012

    Congrats on the Outdoor Photography cover. I didn’t recognize your photo at first, but after I read the editor’s note, I said, “Hey, I read his blog!”


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