Photo Review: What to Do with Your 3 Photos

Last week, I gave you an assignment: Take three photos that show me what kind of photographer you are. Pictures of your friends or family… pictures of your cat… pictures of your neighborhood… pictures of something in your backyard…

It doesn’t matter what’s in your pictures, I said. Just so long as they show me what kind of photographer you are.  And maybe even what kinds of photos you’d be interested in selling.

This week, we’re going to talk about what to do with them.

Selling travel articles and photographs is really a two-step process.  First, you have to learn how to write the kinds of articles editors and guidebook publishers are looking for and how to take the kinds of photos they’ll pay you for.

Then second, you have to learn how to sell them to the people willing to buy – who to approach, what to say, and how to get paid. (It’s not exactly rocket science, mind you. But it is a whole lot easier and faster when you understand the simple secrets to getting it done – which, really, is what we’re all about.)

Now, it would be impossible for me, in this newsletter, to look through every one of the photos that comes in and tell the individual photographer exactly where to sell each of them. Not that I wouldn’t love to be able to do that. I’m just being practical here. You have more than 60,000 fellow readers.

But what I can do is offer you guidance on the most common problems new travel writers and photographers face. I’m going to start by addressing the problems I see reflected, on the whole, in the photos you and your fellow readers submit. That way I can point you toward the best fixes – so you can move on to the “sell your work” part of this process that much faster.

So let’s start this week by uploading your three photos to our website so I can get a sense for where you might need the most work.

Over the next three days, if you want your photos to be considered, take a minute to upload them.

Upload up to THREE photos.  Do not upload six. Do not upload nine. Please, only upload three. And be sure to include your name in the description box so we can give you a proper credit if we mention your photo in the e-letter.

Tomorrow we’ll talk first about the kinds of photos best suited for magazines and newspapers (the kinds that illustrate a travel article).  And we’ll spend the rest of the week talking to readers who have used what they learned in one of our courses or workshops to sell their photos to publications for “editorial” use, to illustrate a story.

We’ll also talk to our resident photo gurus, who can help you fix the most common problems they see in your photos – so you can make them instantly more saleable to magazines and newspapers.

Next week we’ll focus on stock photography, and the week after, on shooting photos for fine art.

Don’t forget – if you’re already registered for our upcoming photography workshop in Nashville, great. That’s where we can give you much more personalized advice about your shots than we can here at a distance, with this newsletter.

If you haven’t put your name on the list, now’s the time to do it. We call these Stateside workshops “crash courses” because you’ll learn in three days what takes others months, if not years, to figure out on their own. It’s because you’re there in person… you can ask questions, pull an instructor aside, and you get lots of hands-on practice.

Bottom line: If you like taking pictures of your family or snapping photos on your vacations, then you've already got the basics to make it in this business. All you need to do is turn your interests and habits into income-earning tools.

A glossy magazine photo can earn you anywhere from $200 to $1200 … if, that is, you know what photo editors are after. And that's just one of the important secrets you'll learn at this event.

So stay tuned this week to find out more about selling your vacation photos to illustrate articles in magazines and newspapers.

Hope to see you there,


Lori Allen
Director, Great Escape Publishing

[Editor’s Note: Learn more about how you can turn your pictures into cash in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel.  Sign up here today and we’ll send you a new report, Selling Photos for Cash: A Quick-Start Guide, completely FREE.]