A message from the Editor If you are 17 years old or younger and are involved in beef production anywhere in the United States, you probably have a good idea for an article. Or maybe you want to submit some photos. Here are a few tips to help you out! Taking photos Rule #1 – don’t mess up the cattle works to get a photo. We get it. Lighting! Lighting! Lighting! Look at the subject of your photo from several angles if you can, and choose the ones that have the best lighting. The “Golden Hours” of photography are right when the sun comes up, and just before it goes down. Let the sun light your subject. On sunny days, using the fl ash can get rid of dark shadows, but this only works if you are fairly close to the subject. Look at your subject and see if it fi ts better in a vertical photo or in a horizontal photo. We need vertical photos too, especially for the magazine cover! To the left is a good example of a vertical photo that worked great for one of our past covers. Notice how the photographer, Josie Tracy, left enough space around the subject to fi t in our magazine title and headlines. To the right is a good example of when a horizontal photo works best to fi t the subject. Fit your subject into the frame. Sometimes moving the camera just a little bit up or down, right or left can make what would be an okay photo into a great photo! Focus. Focus. Focus. Trying different settings on your camera, or tapping different areas on your smartphone screen can bring a blurry subject into focus so you can capture the moment in clear vision! This is called “bracketing”. If you take a photo with a smartphone, tapping a dark area of the subject on the screen can lighten the subject, or tapping a light area of the screen can darken it. Experiment with this and use it to your advantage if you don’t have a camera available. Take lots of photos! We can never have too many photos to choose from. Don’t edit or crop any photos for submission. If we use them, then we can have our graphic artist crop them if needed. Submit the original fi le of the photo, which will be high enough resolution for good print quality. LEANNE HEMPEL JOSIE TRACY JAMIE GORWILL Writing an article If there is something going on that you think other ranch kids across the country would be interested in reading about, then get photos! Photos really help to bring an article to life. You can write it later. Email your story idea to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then I can see if it would be a good fi t for what we are looking for. Hopefully, if it’s about an event that already happened, you got some photos! Relax and write like you were telling the story to a good friend. Follow the photography tips to the right to get the best photos. If you write poetry, then we would love to see that, too. Don’t know what to write about? That’s okay, just keep a 5-7 day journal and take photos to illustrate it. We always need a Junior Rancher’s Journal, and sometimes an article idea just pops right out once I read the journal. WR JUNIOR Be a Part of IT! CHESNEY GJERMUNDSON Don’t let all of these tips shy you away; have fun, write, shoot pictures and let us see what you have!
Working Ranch - November/December 2017
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