That first published picture

October 6, 2009

It started about 2 months ago. I had just been playing around with my Raynox 250 macro lens on my Panasonic fz28 and I had taken my first picture where I actually though… “hay, thats pretty good”. Im a bit of a harsh critic on myself so thats a rare moment for me.

Macro Wasp

Macro Wasp

A few weeks after, I was looking at the digital photographer forum and there was a post from one of their sister magazines, ‘Digital Camera Essentials’. They were asking for people to send in their photos if they fancy being featured in their readers images section. I wasn’t going to bother but I suddenly thought “what the hell, I may as well give it a shot”. I sent an email with 3 of my macro shots, one being the wasp above. I hit send expecting that to be the end of that and never hear from them again.

A couple of weeks passed and I had almost forgotten I had even sent the email. I logged into my email account as I do most mornings and there was an email from them. They apologized for the wait as a lot of images had been sent into them but they really like the wasp image and would love to use it. I actually got a little excited, they said they would be featuring it in the magazine 2 issues away. I went straight on-line and ordered it.

2 months later I get home on my lunch break and the mag was sitting there waiting to be opened. I open it up and there it was, my name next to my picture in a big glossy magazine.

I was very happy because my picture was also printed larger than all the other ones on the page.

Now its only a readers gallery but it sure is a nice feeling that a magazine thinks one of your pictures is good enough to print. Not only that but a picture taken on a point and shoot superzoom like the Panasonic fz28.

So why write this article? To show off? maybe a little, but mainly so that anyone out there new to photography who doubts their own work gives it a shot, you never know. You can hate your own work as much as you want but the people out there might love it. We all have to start somewhere. Now send off your images and get that confidence boost that will spur you forward.

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5 Responses to “That first published picture”

  1. Patricia said

    Hey, that’s fantastic. Well done, Adam! It is a great shot of the wasp, so clear and sharp. Must have been a terrific confidence boost, well deserved.

  2. sineface said

    Hello… I’m tryng to find out how to make either a logo or a watermark on all photos I put online. I came across your website via the Flickr photoshop elements group. Do you have any tips on it? Thanks in advance,

    Sine Leibner

    http://oatcakephotography.wordpress.com/

    • adwig said

      This is a fairly simple process. Simply create a new layer. Then create your water mark, for example your company name in white. Then reduce the opacity of the layer till the water mark is at the correct transparency.

      hope this helps.

  3. Gerry said

    Congrats to you Adam, a well earned recognition of your skill and dedication to perfectionism.

    I agree wholeheartedly about “having a go”… I was persuaded by Pickweb, to enter a competition on Panasonic site, a short precis of the results is here on my blog…

    http://nemosphotography.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2009-04-15T20%3A23%3A00%2B01%3A00&max-results=7

    I can also add that I won a further £75 voucher making £250 towards a new camera for my wife, I bought her the Panasonic TZ6 priced at £264.99 so I only actually paid £14.99 for it !

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