Picturing the outlook of an art director.
March 24, 2010 1:36 AM Subscribe
The art director of a magazine I submit photos to seems to be rejecting my iPhoto adjustments in favor of the originals. Should I discontinue sending in the adjusted photos?
posted by Gordion Knott to computers & internet (16 answers total)
The photos are part of a photoessay on travel-related subjects. We're not talking National Geography here--the bulk of the pix are taken with my Nikon D40 camera and a zoom lens.
High-level tricks with Photoshop would go against the grain of the essay series (and magazine), so I shoot the pictures in raw and modify them with iPhoto. Usually, my adjustments are fairly basic. Typically, I click "Boost Color" on the Effects screen and then reduce the saturation a bit. Sometimes I increase the exposure on low-light photos. Then I export the raw photo into jpg and deliver the photo to the publisher.
It's hard to tell on the final, printed page, but it seems that the art director, in most cases, rejects my changes and returns the the photos to the original appearance for printing.
In the case of this magazine, have I committed a faux pas by sending in these iPhoto-altered pix? What's the proper protocol for submitting photos to magazines that rarely, if ever, publish heavily photoshopped pictures? Should I discontinue making changes, or is it okay to "brush up" the photos to make them more to my liking before I send them in? Finally, would it be better to submit the photos in raw format--and if so, how might I do this using iPhoto?