Old Schoolhouse in Winter (ends April 7)

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  • #27931

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is looking for photos to use on the front cover of their winter-issue magazines:

    Assignment Details:
    • Requester: The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (TOS) is a 300 page annual print magazine, also available quarterly in digital format. View the current issue at http://www.tosmagazine.com.
    • Request: Beautiful, cover-quality photos of historic, one-room schoolhouses in winter surroundings. Leave plenty of space surrounding the subject to leave room for cover content. TOS is not picky, and would far prefer to use photos submitted by students than to buy photos from stock websites.
    • Image Specs: Submissions must be at least 3300 pixels tall! Vertical orientation is best (though it is recommended that you shoot and submit both horizontal and vertical shots from each schoolhouse that you photograph to provide options and Photoshop leverage).
    • Submission process: Submit DNG or full-size JPG files at THIS LINK, then 2) reply to this forum topic attaching low-resolution JPG files so I can know who submitted which images.
    • Remuneration: PRO members will receive $50 per chosen submission; non-PRO photographers will receive $20 per chosen submission.
    • Terms of use: Chosen submissions will be used under a Royalty Free license.
    • Deadline: Midnight, Saturday, April 7, 2018.
    • Questions? Ask by replying directly to this forum topic!

    Related Training:
    On Assignment: Shooting for the Cover of a Magazine!

    Winning Photos:
    Submissions will be critiqued in the April Photo Critique Webinar. Winners will be announced and payments issued after The Old Schoolhouse Magazine has chosen which submissions they will use. Receive email notifications for upcoming webinars by subscribing to “Live Webinars” at http://www.lenspiration.com/subscribe.

    • This topic was modified 3 months, 2 weeks ago by  James Staddon.
    #27934

    Ryan Madaris
    Participant

    Well, hopefully we get snow this winter, because I live in Georgia. Can it be a church that had a school?

    #27935

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Here’s a photo I took a few years ago. I don’t know if it will work because it was taken horizontally, but it’s the only shot I have of an old schoolhouse in winter at this point. I will keep my eye open for more schoolhouses as I travel for the Christmas holidays!

    • This reply was modified 6 months, 4 weeks ago by  James Staddon.
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    #27938

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Yeah, that would be a challenge, @rmadaris! I guess what I would do would be to locate the old schoolhouses that are around you (using places like this http://oneroomschoolhousecenter.weebly.com/americas-one-rooms.html), go photograph them as you have time, and then you’ll know exactly what to do when it does snow. Even when it doesn’t snow, you’ll have some shots to submit for when this opportunity opens up for spring or summer pictures later on.

    As for your other question, I would say as long as the building looks like an authentic old schoolhouse, then you’d have a chance at it being chosen by TOS.

    • This reply was modified 6 months, 4 weeks ago by  James Staddon.
    #27941

    Ryan Madaris
    Participant

    Ok, thanks!

    #28789

    Hannah Moore
    Participant

    Here are some shots of a schoolhouse near me. The only reason I didn’t get the other side of it was because, being Saturday, the parking lot was full of cars. When I saw that it was full, I said to myself, “Well then, now I have to think like a photographer” and try to get special angles without getting any cars in the picture! I’m hoping there are enough possibilities for you to pick some good ones. It was rather cold, about 25 degees!

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    Ezra Morley
    Moderator

    Wow, that’s a beautiful schoolhouse! Nice job with the composition too! The blue sky contrasts very nicely with the faded red paint. 🙂

    If I could make one suggestion, I would try shooting with a little more room at the edges of the photo. They can always crop it a little if they want it tighter, but trust me, it’s pretty hard to “widen” a photo and still have it looking natural. 🙂

    You might get some ideas for what they’re looking for by looking at past magazine covers here:
    https://www.theoldschoolhouse.com/tos-mag-issues/

    Happy shooting!

    #28803

    Logan Lamar
    Participant

    I think the “head-on” one is the best, Hannah!
    I’ve got an old schoolhouse near where I live… but it’s been unusually mild this winter. The low tonight is just 45˚F. Oh well?

    #28804

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    I would try shooting with a little more room at the edges of the photo

    Dito that.

    @loganlamar, well, shoot it when the surroundings are picturesque, regardless of the time of year, and you can submit it as the TOS requests change from season to season.

    #28823

    Hannah Moore
    Participant

    I agree with you Ezra. Next time I will try to keep that in mind. I think at the time, I was just trying to keep the cars out of the picture, or any messy snow banks!! 🙂

    Yes, @loganlamar the head-on one is also my favorite too!! Feel free to send some warm weather this way!! It’s been really cold this winter, I think the lowest here was -24 degrees!!

    #28825

    Jinny Schober
    Participant

    Great pics! I love the one of the schoolhouse between the fence posts! Maybe next time you could get the whole schoolhouse in between the posts (if that is possible! 🙂 ) That is cold! I live in Louisiana and the lowest its gotten this year is 12. And that is super cold here!

    #28915

    Hannah Moore
    Participant

    Here is a “sample” of the first picture I got showing the whole schoolhouse, though unedited! After I saw the two pictures, I also realized that I should have taken more time to get it just right!! I would like to get one more photo shoot sometime soon if I can!! 🙂

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    #28929

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    FYI, I’ll be taking a more detailed look at the pictures that have been submitted so far during the photo critique webinar tonight: https://www.lenspiration.com/photo-critique-with-lenspiration-feb-13/

    #29952

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Here’s a schoolhouse I found while working in Connecticut last week! Old and fairly ugly, but at least it was a schoolhouse!

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    #30086

    David Frazer
    Participant

    We happened past this old school the morning of March 8th on our way south, after driving through quite a bit more snow in CT, NY and NJ the day before.

    Taylor’s Bridge School in Townsend, DE built c. 1923/1924

    By the way, +jamesstaddon, I’m pretty sure I helped fix the roof on that first picture – that’s the school house at the Northwoods, right?

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