Photography for Writers – Take Two

I can’t believe it’s been six years since Photography for Writers was first published.

At the time, I wasn’t able to pursue my goal of including photographs within the book. Sadly, the publisher explained that would make the book uneconomical.

But so many things have changed, and since acquiring back the rights, I’ve been busy updating the text and adding photographs. (Please note that both the print format and the e-ink ereaders display the images in black and white, but other ereaders (eg Apple iPad, iPhone, Amazon Fire, etc will display the images in full colour.)

I’m delighted to say that the book is now available in print and ebook format from most booksellers/bookstores.

Print ISBN: 9781838078607 – £7.99

eBook ISBN: 9781838078614 – £2.99

Which would you rather be: the writer who got paid £100 for providing the words to a travel article, or the writer/photographer who got paid £250 for providing pictures with those same words for a travel article? Editors are looking for complete words and picture packages these days, so writers who can provide both stand a better chance of success, and also higher rates of pay. And you don’t need to have a professional camera to do this – a simple, pocket, compact camera is capable of taking publishable photos these days, so why shouldn’t you be one of those better paid writers?

Photography for Writers

Photography for Writers will show you how to make the most of your compact camera, and how to save, store, and retrieve your photos, as well as how to offer these photos to an editor. There’s advice on how to get to know your compact camera, things to think about when taking photos abroad, some of the legal implications of taking photos and advice on how to use your camera as a research tool. 

Available from all retail outlets in print and eBook format.


Chapter 1: Why Writers Should Consider Photography
Letters & Fillers Market
Illustrated Articles
Step-by-Step Features
Non-Fiction Books
Research Material
The Digital Benefits

Chapter 2: The Digital World
Digital Camera Types
The Process of Capturing a Digital Image
Understanding (Mega)Pixels
Print Resolution
Digital File Types

Chapter 3: Taking Photographs
Understanding Programme Modes
Planning The Images You Need
Fill The Frame
Seek Out Unusual Angles
Photo Orientation – Landscape and Portrait
Understanding the Rule of Thirds

Chapter 4: Photography Legalities
Do You Need Permission?
Release Forms
Photographic Rights Offered

Chapter 5: Your Personal Digital Photographic Library
Creating a Manageable Filing System
Cataloguing Software
Understanding Metadata and Keywording
Basic Image Processing
Image Manipulation
Backing Up Your Photos

Chapter 6: Magazines
Letters & Fillers
Identifying the Opportunities for Writer-Photographers
Analysing Images used by a Magazine
Front Cover Images
Using Images to Secure a Commission
Using Someone Else’s Photographs
Linking your Photos to your Article
Submitting Your Images

Chapter 7: Non-Fiction Books
Are Photos Really Necessary?
Planning the Images You Need
Think Front Cover
Captioning Images for Books
List of Illustrations and Indexing Photos

Chapter 8: Other Photographic Opportunities
Photographic Agencies
Tourist Brochures
Greetings Cards
Magazine Front Covers

Chapter 9: Photography as a Research Tool
Photography for Creative Writers
Copying Research Material
Using Your Photographic Library for Idea Generation

Chapter 10: The Final Exposure