Composing Photos That Sell

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Where do I want to sell my pictures?

Always a sensible question to ask yourself when taking a photograph. Composing photos that sell is not always easy. Photographic Composition covers the basics but this article looks at composing for specific uses and markets.

Wing Walker

Writing Illustrated Articles

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Grab your reader’s attention

How many times have you sat in the dentist’s waiting room, opened a magazine, read the first paragraph of an article and flicked over to the next page? Now think about the times that first paragraph or maybe the heading photograph caught your attention and you carried on reading. When writing illustrated articles you have seconds to grab your readers attention. Here’s how.

Writing Photo Captions

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Writing photo captions is simple. All you need are the six Ws who, what, where, when, why and how (OK so the w in how is at the end).

Qolşärif mosque Kazan Writing photo captions article
The Qolşärif mosque was opened in 2005 It is built on the site of a previous mosque that was established in the 16th century and destroyed whenIvan the Terrible conquered Kazan in 1552

The caption under the photograph of the Qosarif mosque in Kazan uses most of these but if you click on the picture you will see a different version.

Why Different Versions?

If you are producing a general caption for a picture, e.g. an image that is being sold by a stock agency then include as much information as possible. An editor can always remove surplus information but it is difficult to add.

Online and On Paper Writing Styles

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Writing for people to read online is vastly different from writing for readers of a paper or even ebook page.
You’ve probably scanned this first paragraph to see if there is anything interesting. Maybe you are already scrolling down and reading the sub headings to see if I am going to convey anything relevant. If you had bought a book; having flicked through it, read the cover blurb and spent your hard-earned cash on it you would probably start at page one and read on from there.

Leaving Space For Text (copy space)

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Many years ago, when the only things that were digital were your fingers or your watch, I won a photographic magazine’s cover girl competition. Not me personally you understand – one of my photographs.

A couple of weeks later an excited young photographer and his girlfriend, who just happened to be the scantily clad subject of the winning photograph, arrived at a posh Park Lane hotel for the prize giving. I don’t remember much about the event apart from one rather disparaging comment from the editor. ‘Your picture won because you were the only one who left space for the title.’ This was probably not the most tactful thing to say to an aspiring young photographer about his first competition win.

Nigel Wilson and his Yak 52 G-BXJB at Old Buckenham

How to Caption Aircraft Photos

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Captioning aircraft photos can be a bit daunting especially if you are not an aircraft nut and barely know the difference between a Boeing and a Bolkow.