Photographer Guidelines


Contributing photographers should work with 100-speed color slide film, although medium-format photography is always preferred.

Contributing digital photographers should work with professional-quality cameras rather than consumer-level equipment. Digital photos must be saved at a resolution of no less than 300 dpi, and should be shot using the camera's RAW setting or its largest JPG setting. This results in large file sizes, so all digital photos should be submitted on CD. Please do not e-mail digital photos.

Color copies, home printouts, color lasers, digital proofs and printed matter are not acceptable substitutes for original, first-generation images, and can’t be considered for publication.

Photographers should script photo shoots in advance and plan to shoot as much film as necessary to ensure a good selection of quality images. It isn’t unusual to shoot 10 to 20 rolls of film to produce photos for one training feature.

Photos should be shot outdoors, ideally in morning or early evening light.

Insist that photo subjects wear cowboy hats, cowboy boots and appropriate western attire. Riders should always be pictured wearing cowboy boots. Baseball caps, t-shirts and tennis shoes are not acceptable attire for photo subjects.

Before shooting in an arena, make sure the arena will be groomed and background clutter removed before the shoot begins. Be aware that interior photographs - such as those shot in an indoor arena - cannot be used due to low light and poor backgrounds.

If a freelance writer obtains photographs (or artwork or illustrations) from a third party, written permission for image usage must be obtained from each photographer (or artist). The freelance contributor is responsible for obtaining such clearance.

A photographer should also obtain permission from the owner before photographing a horse, even if the owner is not present for the photo shoot.

Provide at least 15 images (more for ranching or training articles) for consideration. Typically, 5-8 images will be selected for publication.

Provide detailed captions for all submitted images. Include the subjects' full names, horses' registered names and barn names, horses' breeds, horse owners' names, location, description of the action depicted, etc.