Tips for cover suc­cess

Amateur Photographer - - Competition -

Don’t crop in too tightly. Leave space for the mag­a­zine ‘fur­ni­ture’ – mast­head, cover lines and graphic de­vices. Busy im­ages with lots of de­tail are gen­er­ally un­suit­able as they make su­per­im­posed text tricky to read. Shoot por­trait-for­mat pic­tures. While it’s not un­heard of for us to use a sec­tion of a land­scape-for­mat shot, your chances are im­proved by shoot­ing in the up­right for­mat. Make eye con­tact. If you’re sub­mit­ting a por­trait, en­sure good eye con­tact, with the sub­ject look­ing di­rectly into the lens. Make sure the eyes are pin-sharp. Pro­vide plenty of op­tions. Try var­i­ous an­gles and sub­ject place­ments, with the main fo­cal point to the left, the right and cen­tre, to give the art edi­tor lots of op­tions of where to put the cover lines.

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