NEARLY, BUT NOT QUITE
I have got a multitude of photographs in my library that make for great full-page shots within the magazine, or used as a quarter-page, but just don’t make the grade for a cover. Here are a select few and the reasons they wouldn’t make a great cover.
Fig 1 - Awesome wall shot from the Cayman Islands, with excellent colouration (bright corals on the left, deep blue water fading upwards to the surface on the right), but it fails as a cover because of the vibrant colours. The masthead and cover lines just would not stand out on the corals in the upper left.
Fig 2 - We have a similar issue with this shot, also taken in the Cayman Islands. This time there is plenty of room for the masthead, and the colours are all very pleasing to the eye, but the large sponge in the foreground removes too much cover line space.
Fig 3 – This was shot on the wreck of the Kittiwake in the Cayman Islands. The problem here is that while the masthead would stand out at the top of the image, the cover lines would struggle to ‘pop’ against the light-grey metal on the right and the brown/rust metal on the left. The photograph is just too busy for a cover.