Supplying to photographic magazines

Supplying your work to publishers producing photographic magazines is a special challenge, but the rewards can make this well worthwhile.

Posted 29/Jan/2002 - 12:00AM

Supplying your work to publishers producing photographic magazines is a special challenge, but the rewards can make this well worthwhile.
Words and Pictures Angelika Stehle

Images of professional quality, pin-sharp, beautiful in colour or b/w, perfectly exposed, and highly effective with great impact, that will always remain the big thing. But unless your photos will be published in a portfolio setting or in sections portraying individual outstanding shots, you also need to formulate what you do to achieve excellent images. You really have to know what you're talking about, the information has to be accurate and correct, and it should be motivating and inviting to the reader.

Study the magazine first of all, pictures and articles, to get an idea of style and presentation. Get to know the tone and then adjust your style of writing accordingly. Articles need to be well-researched and realistic. You can concentrate on subjects such as wildlife, plants, landscapes, persons, etc. and explain how to best capture the impressions. Alternatively the focus can be on techniques themselves and how to apply them to different subject material.  It is also interesting to describe the precise use of specific equipment, possibly step by step', and illustrate that accordingly together with the resulting picture.

Due to the wide scope of picture material published in photographic magazines, it is great fun to also venture into an artistic creative direction. Basically you can to what you like (within legal and copyright boundaries of course), all that counts is the resulting image.

And here is some market research to get you started:

1 Photography Monthly has a constant need for good pictures, and they always ask to continue to submit work to them for consideration, which they will keep on their files for 4 months. They do accept 35 mm images, and their payment rates are £100 for a double page spread, £70 for a full page, £40 for half page, £20 for quarter page. Also £20 for a picture that appears in the Judgement section.
Address:
Photography Monthly, Archent Speclialist, The Mill, Bearwalden Business Park, Wendens Ambo, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4GB.
Editorial Co-ordinator: James Mountford
Tel: 01799-544317
Fax: 01799-544202
Email:  photoforum@photographymonthly.co.uk
 
2 Amateur Photographer require only photos, as they employ in-house writers. B/w and colour are accepted, conventional as well as digital media, up to 20 prints and/or slides at a time. General photo features for the Features department, and photos specific to the techniques section required, also excellent instructional material.
Address:
IPC Media, Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 0SU.
Editor: Damien Demoulder
Tel: 0203 148 4138
Fax: 0203 148 8122
Email: amateurphotographer@ipcmedia.com

3 Practical Photography is always looking for really good pictures with lots of impact. Practical and technical information as well as portfolio material always welcome, emphasis on images (b/w or colour), medium format preferred, 35 mm accepted.
Address:
Photo Answers, Media House, Peterborough PE2 5EA
Editor: Andrew James
Tel: 01733 468705
Email: andrew.james@bauerconsumer.co.uk
 
4 Nature photographers have much scope with Outdoor Photography. They prefer packages of photos and articles, including scenery worldwide, wildlife and plantlife, also portfolios. 35 mm acceptable, mainly colour, well-researched text, fees negotiable.
Address:
GMC Publications, 86 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1XN
Editor: Keith Wilson
Tel: 01273-477374
Fax: 01273-402849
Email: tracyh@thegmcgroup.com

Fees
Magazines generally pay on publication. Rates are always negotiable. Above all, be professional and businesslike. After an article has been accepted, you can expect that it will be printed, and if the publisher then changes his mind, you can demand a fee of about 50%, after which you are free to offer the material elsewhere. Selling your images and article does not include a sale of copyright, but you have to be careful to submit the same material only to non-competitors and only after a certain time.

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