August 8, 2002

FlyFishing in Salt Waters continues to emphasize the finest saltwater fly-fishingphotography to be found in any magazine. Most of that comes fromfreelance professionals. Fly Fishing in Salt Waters providesbona fide international exposure for photographers’ bestwork.


RETURNPOLICY: It remains our fundamental goal to review and return imagesnot selected within a few days of receipt. We do NOT ordinarilyhold photos at all unless we have a projected possible use. Atracking sheet will be included with images returned showing whichslides are being kept and for what purpose.


SHIPPING: Ifwe call and request photography quickly, we’ll reimburse forovernight shipping. Otherwise, the photographer pays to ship. We’lltake care of returns, usually via Federal Express unless otherwisespecified.

OVER-THE-TRANSOM SUBMISSIONS: When in doubt, ship it out. We’realways happy to review images, whether solicited or unsolicited(and since we won’t hold those for which we see no specific,possible use, there’s little to lose and much to gain).



FILM TYPE: Weprefer Velvia 50 or equivalent for nonaction shots in bright light;High shutter speeds for fast moving fish (1/1000+); Bracket wherepossible and try for both horizontals and verticals; Compose shotto keep the fish the main focus of most shots and to avoidextraneous objects in frame (also avoid clothing withnasty/racist/sexist inferences).

DUPES ORORIGINALS?: We run originals, not dupes. You may send in duplicateslides for review purposes, but only if the originals areavailable. Also, there is always a better chance of selection foran original slide simply because it offers better definition andcolor than subsequent generations.



**Instead, give usphotos that are, by any measure, ”tack sharp.” Every day we seeotherwise great shots precluded from use by being too ‘soft.’There’s just not much point in sending any images that are notcrystal clear.

**Send us images ofpeople animated as they hold fresh (preferably lively) but notbloody fish. Counteract the dreaded Zombie Stare Syndrome. Have thesubject interacting with someone else if available. (Have ’em holdfish together and look at/talk to each other — while forgettingthe camera even exists — anything to get subject loose, happy,natural.) If subject is alone, suggest interaction with thefish-hook removal, lifting from deck or water, even admiring it(looking at it, not you). Avoid dead fish in such photos — take’em quick when the fish is lively, before it languishes to a pale,glassy-eyed state of rigor mortis. Finally, do keep the angler’stackle in the shot!

**Send us exciting,in-focus shots of leaping, tailwalking and greyhounding fish; offish being wired or being released or admired at the boat. Skip thetraditional dead stuff – held up by the gills, hanging at thedock, draped over the gunnels, bleeding on deck — or anything witha gaff in it. ”Kill” shots of food fish are okay if — you shouldpardon the expression — tasteful. Sport, not carnage, is whatwe’re after.


**Give us shotsliberal with use of fill flash under high sun or backlitconditions.

**Have an eye to allthings related to fish/fishing, viz.: rigging, technique(gear/action), flies, fly tying, equipment, diving birds, weather,water (color/rips/ weedlines), feeding or tailing schools, schoolsof baitfish, other boats fishing/running, etc, etc. Also, don’thesitate to photograph any/all nearshore/offshore species, gamefishor others, including those that are unusual.


FlyFishing in Salt Waters covers emphasize fish and fish action — fish leaping,underwater, at the surface, on a line out of the water, beingreleased and so on. That may include anglers interacting with fish– fighting fish, releasing or tagging fish and the like. Offshorepelagic gamefish may occasionally qualify. Remember: 35 mm focusmust be laser-sharp to retain its quality when enlarged 1,200percent. The dominant image must fill most of the frame to minimizeblow-up necessary (e.g. a jumping fish that’s a dot on the horizonwon’t make it).


1. Make surethat every image has — at the very least — your name on it.Otherwise, return can’t be guaranteed. Words of description (area,species, etc.) written right on the slide can be of greathelp.

2. If sendingslides/other images in one package targeting two or more articles,please places slides in a separate sheet (or sheets) for eachdifferent article and mark the sheet accordingly.

3. If briefcaptions are written on each image, a page with extended captionsis helpful; if no information is written on images, a sheet ofcaptions is essential.

4. Make sureyour social security number is included somewhere, unless you arecertain we have it (or unless you have no interest inremuneration).

5. Paymentwill be issued to the first name on the slide (stock agency orphotographer) unless other payment arrangements arespecified.


Don’thesitate to call Editor Scott Leon or Managing Editor JessicaChapman (407) 628-4802 anytime you have any general or specificquestions about photo needs, submissions or payment.


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