I have done another disc of photos for the magazine that turned down my archery feature because the photos weren't up to their standard. It's for another feature (I sold the archery feature, photos and all, a few weeks back to another magazine) one about the local Amateur dramatic group I did a feature and review in the local daily paper for.
I sent the editor three sample photos of the group via email last week and they liked the old black and white images but not the colour ones! I did say to the editor that I had been told the group had access to a professional photographer and the editor wanted to see these photos. So I put this to the group and one of the members has sent me through some great shots of their recent performance. But it turns out the only professional photographs they've had taken are by a local newspaper. I did approach them to see if I could use some of them but I've heard nothing back - so I'm taking that as a no. I will email them again today just to make sure.
This photo business is really bugging me. I never envisaged, when I started my writing career, that I would ever have to be worrying about photographs! I'm glad my archery feature found another home but I can't get over the feeling that whatever photos I send to the other mag, they will never be good enough. And that means because they look at the photos first before I can even send my feature in, I'm falling at the first hurdle and that's so frustrating. I'm normally enthusiastic about sending stuff out there but at the moment I find myself holding back with this particular mag.
I know I'm capable of getting features published as I've had two accepted before, but I just cringe when I think about putting that disc in the post (I don't just have to worry about the quality of my photos anymore, but also whether they're going to get there what with the postal stikes and all!)It didn't help when the writer we had at a recent workshop seemed quite flippant about supplying photos to illustrate features and said something along the lines of, 'as long as the photos are in focus and 300dpi or above they'll do.' Well this, is clearly not strictly true!
I think I'm going to have to take the plunge, eventually, and go on a photography course and get better camera equipment. But if I find that the majority of my features are finding homes with the photos I've got then I'm happy not to make the extra financial expenditure and carry on as I am.
I have three articles on the go with lots of ideas for others so as long as I can keep rolling I'll never be short of features! I'm taking another piece of advice from the writer from the workshops more seriously, though, and that's to recycle the features I write to get more mileage out of them. I'll be trying that this week. Will keep you posted on how I get on. I know other people who've done it and that's encouraging.
Keep writing and finding new ideas. The nights are drawing in now and that gives us the perfect excuse to hanker down and get writing!