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!
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.
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
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.
Be a Part of IT !
Don’t let all of these tips shy you away; have fun,
write, shoot pictures and let us see what you have!
SUMMER 2018 I WORKING RANCH JUNIOR I 23