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Photo of the Week: Devon Denham


“I shot this photo about a year ago in Bellflower, CA while I was on a shoot for Redline. We were supposed to be at Woodward West shooting with the team while they were filming the annual “Week At Woodward” that happens every year. However, the team decided to venture back to civilization so we could shoot some street photos. I wanted to show Zack the oh-so-famous Bellflower Ditch so we ended up there mid-day.

The photo was pretty simple to setup with three flashes (2x Quantum Flashes 1x Einstein) bunched up to give one solid source of light to bring out Zack. All flashes were set at 1/4 power to prevent motion blur, but there probably wouldn’t be any cause it’s a stall type of trick. Also the flashes were all setting to the left of the frame, right on the edge. It can really help to bring all the flashes in any photo right to the edge to maximize your capability of getting a faster shutter, lower ISO, or smaller f-stop. I apply this to all of my photos. Basically bring all flashes to the edges of your frame but not in the photo. I shot the photo with some mid grade Nikon lens… 18-105mm at 70mm I think. Shot far enough away to get a compressed look from shooting 70mm but I wanted to get the rest of the ditch in the photo too. I really think a photo can make-it-or-break-it from using the rule of thirds so I placed Zack in the right third of the photo. Here’s a lasting thought though, I feel what makes a BMX photo most eye catching is a properly placed rider according to the background. In this photo I had a dark contrast between Zacks lit body and the overpass in the background. I also had a clean back drop for him on the gray wall. Ideally, I don’t like to have objects behind the rider like poles, trees, signs, etc. I always try and find a open spot in the trees for the sky as a back drop or a clean wall. It takes an eye but I can make your rider pop and become easier to see.

Shot on a Nikon D200
ISO 100
F 5,6

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Tips On Getting Photos Published

Rider:Anthony Caraway
Photo:Devon Denham

I’ve been dealing with magazine editors for a few years now, and in that time period I have noticed it has become increasingly easier for me to get photos published due to all the advice I’ve learned from them. However, in the beginning I would wait for weeks and sometimes months to get a response from someone. I usually got a response like, “We’ll pass on these photos”. I was lucky if I would get a response. With that being said, here are some of my tips for bettering your chances of landing your blood, sweat, and tears into the magazine world:

Get your name out there:
For a year straight I sent every photo I had to Fat Tony at RideBMX. He was kind enough to post my photos in an online gallery every month and this got my foot in the door. Soon after that, Ryan Fudger emailed me and told me that he liked what I was posting up in the galleries. He then asked me if I wanted to do a reader photo for the magazine (I know it’s nothing big but I had only been shooting for 6 months so I was pumped). Fat also noticed I was busting my ass, so he offered me an internship on the website as a blogger.

Try multiple sources:
Don’t try one magazine. Try all of the media outlets. If RideBMX turns you down don’t give up there. If you really think you have gold sell it for what it’s worth. Try every magazine out there. The thing is some magazines have different standards, and while one may think it sucks the other may think it’s awesome. You never know until you try, and when you try it puts your name out there at least.

Be professional:
I remember when I first started Fat would always tell me to be dialed. Think about it… if you write an email that is riddled with spelling errors, and filled with slang. Chances are you will not being hearing back from that magazine. It even comes down to the names of your files. If your file is named something like, “shitty_overDP.tiff” this makes it hard for the editors to find your randomly named file when it comes to deadline time. Just play it safe and use your last name like,”denham01.tiff”. This is easier to find and less confusing in the long run.

Ask Questions:
Just ask a lot of calculated questions. If you get rejected, ask what you could do better. 95% of the time I get a lengthy response if I ask politely. It never hurts to ask, especially if you are learning.