Sea Lion, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

Sea Lion, Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco

Find Your Writing Niche:

Take Pictures to go with the Story

Editors may ask writers to submit pictures with their stories, so there are a few pointers beginning writers should remember.

1)Get a “real” camera. Sure, cell phones can take clear pictures, but they don’t have the breadth of choices that a camera has.

2)The biggest mistake amateur photographers make is standing too far away from the subject. It’s not necessary to get a person from head to toe. Stand close enough to get a good picture of the person’s face and expression.

3)Check background. Don’t let a cord hanging from the ceiling look like it’s coming from the top of the person’s head.

4)Have to take a picture of an antique lamp, Christmas cactus or bowl of fruit? Place the item against a blank wall or on a white cloth.

5)Take several pictures. People blink, move, gape and do any number of things just as you snap the photo. You also may move inadvertently and get a blurry image. Get the best picture you can. I often take a dozen of the same subject, four dozen-plus when lots of people or scenes are involved.

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Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

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