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Submitting Photos

Digital photos should be sized at a minimum of four inches at the shortest dimension (4x6, 4x5, 4x4, whatever the aspect ratio of the camera in use), at 300 dpi saved as a jpeg file at level six or higher quality. Due to space restrictions, we do not guarantee that your photo will be published.

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Drury Magazine
900 N. Benton Ave
Springfield, MO 65802

Because of space limitations, we're not able to publish every photo we receive. Here are some guidelines to enhance your chances of having your photo published in Drury Magazine:

  1. Candid shots are usually more visually interesting than posed ones. Try to get shots of people doing something--and the more active, the better. Photos of activities like service projects, baseball outings, and so on tend to be more interesting than, say, photos of banquets or receptions.
  2. Outdoor photos often turn out better than indoor shots. You'll get natural lighting, and you'll avoid harsh flash and red eyes.
  3. Photos taken in a scenic setting often work well. Look for a backgroud that is recognizable or otherwise helps convey a sense of "place."
  4. We're always looking for photos that show diversity--ethnic minorities, for example, or perhaps older people interacting with children
  5. It's great if one or more people in the photo are wearing a Drury item, such as a hat, t-shirt, or sweatshirt.
  6. Notice where the light is falling in relation to the people you're photographing. Are people's faces in shadow? Is the area behind yoru subjects brighter than the subjects themselves? This can happen indoors, for example, when the people you're photographing have a window behind them--or outdoors, when the people are standing in shadows on a sunny day. many point-and-shoot cameras have a "fill flash" feature that's useful to activate in such situations.
  7. We tend to avoid the following kinds of photos:
    • "Grip-and-grins" (two people shaking hands and smiling).
    • Check presentations.
    • A speaker at a podium, or in a panel discussion.
    • These kinds of photos rarely have enough visual interest to capture the reader's attention.
  8. We also shy away from:
    • Photos of people eaing (these tend not to be very flattering).
    • Photos in which people are holding a glass of wine or beer (unless it's integral to the event, such as wine tasting).
  9. If a photo is out of focus, too dark, or too grainy, we're unlikely to use it, no matter how good it might be otherwise.
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