As a guideline, for small articles, we are looking for approximately 300-500 words, and for a bigger article, we would up to 1500 words. Ultimately the editorial team can edit the article to fit and the page layout would be made around what we are submitted. We understand some subjects require fewer words than some, and others require a lot more 🙂
Guide to taking photos for The Creative Planner Magazine
- Natural light – Find the lightest part of your house this could be a large window or if it is dry outside head outdoors. Using natural light will properly expose your photos and keep your photos clear from having that orange glow that you can get from ceiling lights or lamps.
Please make sure you take photos during the day, late morning or early afternoon is best for this.
- Stay Away from flash– Using natural light is the best, and using the flash will overexpose your photos so best to make sure that it is turned off.
- Keep the mess away– We all know too well when it comes to crafting things can get a bit messy. But when taking photos make sure there is no mess in your photo (foreground or background). A quick tidy will do wonders for your photos.
- Keep it clean – In your photos try and keep it minimal don’t add unnecessary items to your photos that don’t make sense like if you’re taking a photo of your decorated planner you don’t need to add pens, washi tape, sticker sheets etc in with it. Check out this article about flat lay photography.
- Use a decent surface – Using a white surface will allow your item to stand out, especially if it’s
colourful. Don’t have a white surface use an A4 sheet of paper and if required, use a piece of mount board for a larger item. You can also use thinglike dining tables and light wooden furnitur
- Take the photos aiming down – Stand over your item and take the photo facing down, this is called overhead or flat lay photography, check out the article above. Remember don’t stand in front of the window or shadows will occur.
- Use the best camera available – We know you’re not a professional photographer so don’t worry too much. But we do advise that you use the best camera available. Please make sure your camera is above 5 megapixels, you can google your make and model to find out.
- Send to us via email – Sending to us via email will make sure your photo quality is at its best! Social media compresses the photo quality which will make your photo very hard to print for the hard copy of the magazine.
There are a variety of apps out there that can help edit you photos if you need to adjust them at all. Snapseed is easy and free which is always a great combination.
If you have any questions about how to take your photos please contact us we are more than happy to help. Please note we may ask you to retake the photo to make sure all our guidelines are correct.
We want to show off your item in the best way possible.
The e-mail address to contact the editorial team and for submissions is: firstname.lastname@example.org If there are pictures to go along with your article please ensure if they go in a particular order that they are shown in that order within your file (we accept PDFs, Google Docs, Word Files and Pages files at present) but please also attach all photos separately as well within the e-mail submission.