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A picture is worth a thousand words

April 8th, 2011

I RECENTLY had an article accepted by a magazine and the Editor asked for some photographs to accompany it. At first I thought it wouldn’t be a problem, but I was wrong….

She asked me to send them as TIFFS, at least 300dpi. I had no idea what this meant.

Natalie Roberts

Internet to the rescue

I went straight to the internet to try and find the answer. I managed to work out what it all meant, but realised my photos had saved as JPEGS. I didn’t know how to change them to TIFFS.

I asked my followers on Twitter and I was very was grateful to receive a reply from Writers Bureau tutor Simon Whaley.   He told me how to change them using Adobe Photoshop.  Without his help I doubt I would have found the answer.  I thought I would have to tell the Editor I couldn’t provide her with any pictures and I worried she would reject my article because of this.

Luckily I managed to change the photos and emailed them to her as soon as I could.

Brilliant asset

It made me realise that photos can be a great asset to an article. It can make a difference to whether they get accepted or not.

It’s not enough to be able to point the camera and take a picture. You need to know how to save them properly and so much more.

I’ve been trying to take pictures for all the articles I have been sending out. The more I have been practicing the better my photographs have become.

Another course

I’ve decided to enrol on a photography night course. I will do whatever I can to make my articles more appealing to Editors.

Natalie Roberts

Natalie says: I enrolled on the Comprehensive Writing course four years ago and recently enrolled on the Proofreading and Copy Editing course.

I applied to university in January 2011 to study Journalism.

I blog regularly about my writing at http://natalieroberts1.blogspot.com

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