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 published three ebooks in 2020: Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women; Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers; and Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. These books are meant to be study guides for all students from grade school through college to help in choosing topics for assignments and to learn more about these noteworthy women. Go to, and to learn more.

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