Did you know that you can take your own photos for your articles? But, you do not want just any picture. You want to capture your reader's attention! And the photos are the first thing your reader will see, so they should make an impression.
You don't need to be a professional photographer with fancy equipment. Just follow a few simple rules.
- Make sure your photos are crystal clear. Even point and shoot cameras can take crisp photos if you make sure the settings are correct for the shot and lighting. Read the manual. Most point and shoot cameras have a dial with scene modes that make it easy to choose your shot. You can choose auto mode and let the camera make the decision or choose one of the preset scene modes to aid you. If you have a digital SLR camera, be sure you know all the functions of the camera as well as at least a basic knowledge of light, shutter and aperature settings.
- Be aware of your background. A busy background may cause your photo to get lost within the din. Try to find a background color that compliments your image. See the photo of the black cat with the blue background for an example. Often contrasting colors can make an image pop!
- Get creative. Think about a way to make your photo a bit different, rather than "just a photo" that looks like everyone else's, think like an artist. Offset your subject, as in the photo of my horse, Kobeejo. Or play with color and saturation.
When writing your article, think about the theme and subject. Try and find a way to have your pictures match. Writing about a 19th Century train? Use an old newspaper setting (many cameras have these special settings built in), or a Sepia tone. Next thing you know, publishers will be buying not just your words, but your creativity as well.