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Boost Your Writing Career By Taking Photos

I went to college to be a photojournalist. For a year, I worked on The Campus Press as a staff photographer, covering a handful of campus happenings each week for the publication — student-interest stories, sports events, food and entertainment reviews.  My expertise in school, however, evolved into the wordsmith realm, and I am a…

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3 Photos Editors Want For Their Travel Stories

In the world of magazines and newspapers, photographs are usually referred to as the “art” or the “creative” – the crucial images that bring visual life to the written word. Tracking down art is one of the more difficult tasks that falls to the editor – or sometimes the page designer or graphics editor in…

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The Importance Of Taking Photos On Your Travels

Preparing for my first trip overseas I knew I wanted to take photos… and lots of them. I didn’t own a real camera, so I purchased a few disposable film ones to capture the anticipated trip of a lifetime. While on the journey I snapped photos of every landscape, castle, tree, and person I could.…

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One Of The Best Times To Get Out Your Camera

Here come the holidays! I know that things get super busy during this time, but consider this — it’s also one of the most photogenic times of the year! Don’t let it pass you by. From Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, the next couple of months will be a parade of decorations and celebrations…

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Use This Copywriting Trick To Craft A Strong Travel Story

Editors are busy. If you want to sell your travel articles and photos, you’ve got to stand out right away. One quick way to capture their attention is to use an old copywriting trick called “The 4 U’s.” They are: Unique, Useful, Urgent, and Ultra-specific. Together these elements will help you craft a strong travel…

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Three Ways To Create Depth In Your Photos

We’re going to wrap up our “Back-to-Basics” series with three techniques you can use to improve your photos and get some unique shots. If you’re just tuning in, for the past few weeks we’ve been looking at simple ways you can create stronger and more salable images. So far we’ve covered: rule of thirds, intentional…

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5 Ways To Advance Your Travel Writing Career

One of the most fun things about FAM trips (aside from free travel) is meeting new people. Not only do you get a whole new perspective when you talk to folks on your travels, but you also build a network of peers and contacts. Even before you’re an established travel writer, think about networking. It…

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