Spring Magazine Cover
Our spring cover features a first for Prairies North—a wedding image. Cover images need to say what the magazine brings to its readers.
My first cover shot for Prairies North (then Saskatchewan Naturally Magazine) was the Fall 1999 edition. It was an image of the Big Muddy Badlands.
Since then, I have learned a few things about what kind of image makes a great Prairies North cover. Here are a few ideas to help you mine your image files to enter our “Have a Shot at Our Cover” contest.
Remember that a cover shot shares space with a lot of other stuff: the magazine title, cover lines (the text that describes the stories inside), and the UPC symbol in the bottom left corner.
The title and the UPC symbol always stay in the same place. Cover lines move around a bit depending on the image. So remember:
1. The image has to have its focus in the area center and right of the VERTICAL space left over and,
2. There needs to be uncluttered space somewhere on the image where cover lines can be plainly read.
The best cover photos have a clearly distinguishable subject (an animal, person, or object) against a relatively plain background. When you stand in front of a newsstand at your favourite bookstore, see which covers grab your attention. I always find that it is those that have a solitary, clear subject against a mono-colour background. Imagine a skydiver against a blue sky, a coyote against a winter-white landscape, or a grain elevator against an out-of-focus summer sky.
The picture needs to have enough space around the central object so that a designer can place the magazine title, UPC, and other text on the page.
Most often it is best to use a vertical shot because the original image matches the cover dimensions. We do crop horizontal images, however, to make them suitable for a cover.
Our first “Have a Shot at Our Cover” subject is summer activities. What image do you have that captures summer with bright colours, a clear subject and lots of life? Get our cover readers right into the action
All submissions for this contest must be from original camera files that are no smaller than 2600 X 1950 pixels. On average this size of file will come from 5 or 6 Megapixel or larger cameras.
A last tip: Eye contact is very powerful for a cover shot.
Enter our "Shoot Our Summer Cover" Contest
The contest is on now until March 26, 2013 for the Summer Cover. We will also be running cover contest for Fall and Winter this year so get your photos ready now for those covers as well.
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