The Picture Professional goes live every other month and is always on the lookout for timely and timeless articles of interest to our readers. As our web presence grows, we’ll be looking for more content, so stay tuned for updates. The best way to know what we publish is to look at our previous issues. The things we aren’t looking for right now are exhibition reviews, book reviews, reviews, or artist profiles. We already have sections devoted to exhibition reviews and book reviews, which are handled by our regular contributors. And as much as we want to have a feature article on all your favorite artists, we rarely print profiles—unless there are extenuating circumstances—because our Portfolios section has this covered.
To start, we’d like to see pitches, not entire articles. Pitches should be one or two short paragraphs that explain the who, what, why, and how you will write the article, along with a short bio that explains how you are qualified to write on this topic. Kindly submit your pitch in an email to email@example.com with the subject heading: PITCH: [your article title] – [your name]. If you have images to use for your article already, let us know, and make sure you look at our image specifications.
Below is a short description of our ongoing columns and what we’re looking for. If you have another column or section to suggest, just let us know.
Q/A: Know a mover and shaker at the top of her game with wisdom to impart? Let us know! You could conduct the Q/A for the next issue! What we’re not looking for is someone interviewing their best friend because it’ll be free advertising for her business. We’re all looking to learn something from this person!
Second Shift: Did you start out as a passionate product photographer and somehow end up as a passionate wedding videographer? Did you try your hand at photo researching only to find that you now somehow own a gallery? Tell us about it! This section is for anyone who ended up doing something other than what they thought they were going to do, either because of economic shifts or your shifts in interest. We want to know what happened, what you learned, and what advice you can give to others who might be in your position. (For an excellent example of what we’re looking for, check out John Spaulding’s article in issue 2013.1.)
Feature Articles: Sometimes it’s difficult to tell exactly what we might be looking for in terms of a feature article, but a general rule is that it should impart wisdom to our readers that they might not have known otherwise. This can be anything from a new keywording technique and how it’s changing the industry to an innovative stock image campaign and how it’s changing the industry. Notice anything there? If you think you have a great idea for a feature article, first try to add the “and how it’s changing the industry,” and then decide if you think the topic will be worthy of our readers’ time.
Life in Focus: Primarily a space for a single photo-documentary image, Life in Focus is looking for images that encapsulate a timely event, idea, or phenomenon. If you’ve snapped something that speaks to the time we’re living in, we’d love to see it, along with a caption, 65 words or less, that relays exactly how this relates to our world.
The Law: While our law column is penned by Nancy E. Wolff and Richard Liebowitz, we’re constantly on the lookout for legal questions our attorneys can answer for you. If you’re stuck and need some legal guidance, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Most of our Portfolios are solicited, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look at your work. For good examples of what we highlight, please take a look at our previous issues. The most important criteria we have for this section are:
- Do all the images work together as a cohesive series?
- Does this series work with our issue’s developing theme and the other portfolios?
- Have we published this style in a recent issue already?
- What new things are these photos doing?
- How would this series be of interest to our readers?
If you feel your work passes the test, send us a link to your website where we can find your images, along with a short bio to: email@example.com.
For all submitted images, please stick to the specs below:
- at least 75 dpi
- at least 8” x 10”
We’ll resize as necessary, but aim for these specs.
SUBMITTING YOUR BOOK FOR REVIEW
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of your book and the release date.
SUBMITTING YOUR EXHIBITION FOR LISTING
We generally have a What’s Hanging section in our magazine, so if you have a big show coming up that you’re excited about, let us know as soon as possible, because we will only be able to include shows that give us a 2-month lead time, space permitting.