17 IDEAS TO GET YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS PUBLISHED IN A MAGAZINE

Photography Magazines

Photography is the art of telling beautiful stories through images. It is said that photography affords immortality, as photographs not only capture time but also emotions and priceless memories.

You surely are a passionate photographer who is planning to convert your hobby into a profession. Then getting your photographs published in a reputed magazine is the first step for starting a professional career in photography and getting recognition. For a photographer seeing his images in print on the pages of the magazine with his name written in the credits is the best feeling ever. 

It gives a sense of pride and satisfaction. Plus successfully publishing your photographs opens new doors of opportunities. As a result, it brings lots of new and exciting job offers from different publishing houses. But the most exciting part of getting photographs published is getting recognized. That too among different editors of magazines and in the photography community.

Photography is a difficult skill to learn. So, making a successful career in the field of photography and becoming a professional photographer is not an easy job. It requires dedication, focus, and years of practice to master the techniques and science behind photography. 

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So, if you are planning to submit your photographs to get published in a magazine, then this article is for you. It contains all the necessary tips and ideas that are required to get the job done. Follow these 17 ideas below to see your stunning picture in a magazine:

Professional Tips

  • Select your Genre
  • Quality over Quantity
  • Be a Variety Provider
  • Prepare A Strong Theme
  • Go for an Impressive Portfolio
  • Research before Applying for Publishing
  • Promote yourself freely on Social Media.
  • Communicate to Connect.
  • Ask for Critiques.

Personal Tips

  • Buy the Right Equipment.
  • Transform yourself from Amateur to Professional.
  • Practice your Skills and Get Experienced.
  • Keep it real and authentic.
  • Create a strong template.
  • Never send the same Photographs to different magazines.
  • Carefully go through the Submission criteria.
  • Be Aware of the Usage and Agreement Rights

P R O F E S S I O N A L   T I P S

1. Select Your Genre

The field of photography is dynamic and vast. Therefore, selecting a genre to master is one of the most challenging questions for a photographer. Making a successful career in the field of photography and become a professional photographer is tricky. It is very important to choose one particular genre to become an expert. It is said that there is something for everyone in photography. So ask yourself what interests you and what kind of photography you are comfortable to work with.  

If you love attending events or weddings then, you could become a wedding photographer. If you are a fan of particular sports you could be a sports photographer. And if you love traveling then you could be a travel photographer. There are hundreds of genres to choose from in photography but the most important part is to make a choice. And when you have made one then search for a magazine related to the particular genre and publish your work.

2. Quality Over Quantity

High-quality images refer to those photographs that have a high pixel resolution with no dust specs or watermarks. They have a resolution above 300dpi. Every day the Editors of a magazine receive thousands of photographs as submissions. But only those photographs make it to pages that are stunning and are of high-quality. The sole reason is the editing and resizing low-resolution photographs becomes very difficult for the editors. Plus publishing such images lowers the rating of the magazine and so they avoid publishing such images. 

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While submitting photographs to a magazine make sure that the higher the quality of the images, the more likely they are going to get published. The editors are always in search of images that are going to impress their readers in just one gaze and attract more viewers towards their magazine. So instead of submitting say twenty photographs, submit ten that are touching, impressive, and of high -resolution.

3. Be A Variety Provider

Even though the publication houses demand a selective number of photos for submission, giving a variety in your work is always a good option. So, if you are submitting say 5 to 8 photographs with an almost similar look, style and theme, then the chances of your work getting published reduce.

The simple reason for this being that most of the magazines want a little bit of variety before publishing images in their magazines and it also helps during the editorial part. Also submitting similar photos makes your work look boring and soon loses the interest of the editor. It creates an impression among the editors that the photographer is lazy and lacks creativity.

4. Prepare A Strong Theme

Creative, passionate, and enthusiastic photographers are considered as the eyes of the world. They have the powers of portraying strong emotions and telling heart touching stories through their pictures. Creative photographers are always in search of capturing stories that have a strong theme related to it, as submitting such photographs have a good chance of getting published in a magazine.

The magazine editors are interested in publishing photographs that tell some stories with a strong message. The goal of editors is to publish images that amaze their readers and spread some kind of social message in society.

5. Go For An Impressive Portfolio

Creating a stunning and professional portfolio is very important to get your work published in a magazine. A great portfolio can bring lots of work opportunities while a bad one can spoil the photographer’s reputation among the clients and publishing houses.

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A portfolio is something that shows the personality, creativity, and hard work of a photographer. It is the first thing that an editor sees so make sure that it should impress the editor in just one look. Your portfolio should be a collection of your best work so include images that are of high resolution.          

Submitting low-quality photographs creates a very bad impression among the editors of the magazine and also avoid including similar kinds of photographs in your portfolio; it shows the laziness of the photographer.

6. Research Before Applying For Publishing 

Now that you have selected your theme and genre in which you have the relevant interest and are comfortable working, it’s time to look for the right magazine to publish your work. Before submitting your portfolio make sure to get all the necessary information regarding the magazine like it’s content and target audience and consider the following questions: –

  • What is the Genre of the Magazine?
  • What is the specific theme required for the submission?
  • Which photographs published have received more attention and praise?
  • What kind of photos has been published in the magazine earlier?
  • How could your work bring a significant change in the magazine?

“Too Sweet Zine: India’s sports magazine that publishes photographs of pro-wrestling tournaments.

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Submitting your photographs without getting any information about the magazine is a complete waste of time, so take your time and analyze it.

7. Promote Yourself Freely On Social Media

It is the year 2020 and almost everybody is on social media. It has become the best marketing tool of the 21st century where one can promote his/her work and connect with millions. Here the whole world is your audience with whom you can share your work and get instant feedback.

If you want to get recognized in the photography community and end up getting your photographs published in a magazine then learn to harness the potential of social media platforms. Create a robust and professional page on any social media platform and start uploading stunning and beautiful photographs with a strong theme and a title. It will also provide you with an opportunity to connect with other talented photographers with whom you can share your ideas and work together on different projects.

If your photographs are touching and your work is excellent, then you will start getting job offers from different websites and blogs and imagine if an editor of a reputed magazine pays a visit on your page and like your work then? You will get an offer to submit your portfolio so that they could publish your work in their magazine.

8. Communicate To Connect

If you are a passionate photographer and serious about making a career in photography, then attending different magazine’s promotional events is very important. Magazine’s promotional events bring a lot of job opportunities along with itself, especially if your genre is event photography. 

Attending such events provides you with an opportunity to mingle with many talented and passionate photographers who are experts in their field and photography clients with whom you can share your work and exchange contacts. It also provides you with an opportunity to get in touch with different magazine editors and ask them questions on exactly what are the things they look in a photograph before publishing it in a magazine.

9. Ask For Critiques

If your photographs didn’t make it to the pages of the magazine and got rejected, then don’t get upset and depressed about it. My advice: Relax and Analyze why your work got rejected.

Politely ask the editors of the magazines to give their feedback on your submission via email. Some magazine editors are open-minded and are kind enough and will tell you the exact reason why they didn’t consider your photographs to publish in their magazine or what were your mistakes. If you don’t get any reply then consult some expert colleagues and request them to review your submission.

 Now that you know all your mistakes and weak points, note it down on a piece of paper and start working on them. Remember one important thing, success comes to those who learn from their mistakes and move forward in life.

Well, these were the Professional tips but some personal tips won’t do anything bad. Personal tips are as important as Professional ones. Only the difference is that Professional tips will help those who are struggling in the exact field, while Personal ones are useful for Beginners.

P E R S O N A L   T I P S

1. Buy The Right Equipment

Buying the right camera before starting a professional career in photography is very important. While purchasing a new camera, a photographer should keep three important things in mind i.e., it’s quality, features, and reviews. Professional photographers and experts suggest that a person who is in its initial phase of a career doesn’t need to buy an expensive camera with advanced features instead purchase a camera that is pocket friendly and easy to learn. 

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A standard DSLR from Canon, Sony, or Nikon with the basic kit lens would be enough to begin a career and to learn basic skills and technicalities. Always remember one thing- To capture good images you don’t need to have an expensive camera, but creativity, patience, concentration, and the right skills.

2. Transform Yourself From Amateur To Professional

If you want to make a successful career in the field of photography and want your photographs to get published in a reputed magazine then, you need to learn this skill professionally. There are lots of online courses and materials available on the internet, but from where to start learning is a very difficult question. 

To avoid this confusion it is best to get admission to a good art university from where you can learn this skill and earn a degree or make a professional photographer and expert as your mentor and start working under him or her. Your university and your mentor will teach you everything about photography from scratch to an expert level.

3. Practice Your Skills And Gt Experienced

There is a famous saying “practice makes a man perfect”, to become an expert in any skill, it is very important to practice it regularly. Regular practice not only enhances the skill set and creativity but also makes you more experienced and confident. Before you plan to submit your photographs in a magazine to get published make sure you have practiced and have worked a lot in your specific genre.

You could become a freelance photographer and work for different clients or you could take a part-time job in a local photo.  If you are a sports photographer, click the images of your local teams while playing a particular sport. If you are a wedding photographer then attend more weddings of your relatives and friends and make the bride and the bridegroom your subject and if you are a travel blogger than visit new places and click pictures of beautiful locations.     

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4. Keep It Real And Authentic

Editors of the magazine are always in search of real and authentic photographs to publish in their magazine to attract more viewers. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden in the world of publishing and photographers who submit plagiarized photographs are banned from magazines. 

Whenever you click a photo that you are planning to publish in a magazine make sure you don’t copy the style, the idea, or theme of any other photographer and its work. Be unique, original, and creative while creating your portfolio for submission. As a photographer, you can always get inspired by someone else’s work but don’t just blindly copy their ideas. Improvise it, work on the idea and create something unique that suits your style.

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5. Create A Strong Template

After creating an impressive and stunning portfolio the next important thing is to create a strong and precise template. Now send it to the magazine. A template is a sample document that contains the important details of a photographer like full name, contact number, active email address, and the link to the website or blog if the photographer has one.  Make it more as a Professional.

A template also contains a small introductory paragraph that gives the details of the photographer. It gives the details of the photographer’s previous works and experiences. So try to keep the introductory paragraph short, crisp, and to the point. As a result, it can grab the attention of the editor in just one gaze.

6. Never Send Same Photographs To Different Magazines

Well, many photographers believe that sending the same photographs to a handful of different magazines is useful. That increases the chance of the photograph to get published in any one of the magazines. It is a misconception and this practice should be strictly avoided by a photographer. Submitting the same photographs in different ways is proven to be harmful. It hampers the growth of a photographer’s career and it also affects the future work opportunity.

If several magazine editors notice this habit, then it creates a very negative impression of the photographer among them. The editors start believing that this photographer is very lazy and lacks sufficient skill and creativity. So instead of submitting the same photographs to a different magazine submit different, unique, and creative photographs in one magazine to get your work successfully published.

7. Carefully Go Through The Submission Criteria

Every magazine has a list of requirements and guidelines for submission. Those must be followed correctly by the photographer before submitting the portfolio. The criteria could be in which format the magazine accepts the photographs. Such as JPEG, PNG, PSD, TIFF, EPS, RAW, etc. Or what is the minimum resolution criteria and minimum size of the photograph required.           

Different magazines have different criteria for submission and going through these instructions is very important to get your work published. Many photographers think it a waste of time. So they submit their portfolio without knowing any information about the submission guidelines. And they end up getting rejected and the worst part of it is that they have no idea why their work got rejected. So doing extra research work before submitting a portfolio is always a good option.

8. Be Aware Of The Usage And Agreement Rights

The last and most important tip to get your photographs published in a magazine is to get a complete understanding of how, where, and when the magazine is going to use your submitted photographs and what rights you have over them. 

While reading the submission criteria you will find a specific section. It says the magazine will mention its content copyrights information and how your images will be used by the magazine. Knowing all these details is very important so that you don’t face any problem in the future.

CONCLUSION

Publishing photographs in a magazine is the first step. Start a professional career in photography and converting your hobby into a dream job. Now you know all the secrets and the strategy on how to get the job done. Hence, there’s no wait ahead! Chase your passion, roll the camera, and start clicking. Let your creativity and imagination soar high above the sky.

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About the Author



Maushi Journal is a writer and an amateur photojournalist. She writes poems, poetry & short stories. She loves to work for society, in society & with society. “Love is what’s important to me. I want to spread love in the universe”, she quoted her aim passionately.
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