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NZGUNS IS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR NEW AND TALENTED WRITERS TO JOIN THE TEAM!

If contributing to NZGUNS is something you like to do, then please check out the contributor guidelines below:

ARTICLE LENGTH:

As a general rule 1500/2000 words are sufficient to cover most topics, but providing the writer knows his subject and the article continues to be interesting or informative, then up to around 2500 words is okay.

The editor reserves the right to alter an article to improve its readability – this may involve adding information to make the story clearer, or deleting it where the article becomes too long or repetitive.

Type your article single-spaced and never type an article all in capital letters.

Please don’t send unfinished articles and ask the editor to comment on them – your article should be complete with numbered photos and captions info supplied.

SUPPLYING ARTICLES AND ARTICLE PROOFING:

NZGUNS prefers to use Dropbox for supply of all articles and material. You will be setup with your own Dropbox folder where you can upload your images and text document to. Prior to your article’s publication, we will provide a draft copy for you to review.

DEALING WITH THE TRADE:

If you have received good service from a shop or business, feel free to mention its name.

TECHNICAL DATA:

Our readers like technical information. Hunting stories should always include full details about the writer’s gun, scope, and ammunition.

PRODUCT REVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY

NZGUNS has an excellent reputation for providing high quality technical articles on all things hunting and shooting orientated. In particular are our product reviews.

To ensure we provide our readers and advertisers with the best possible review; below is a list of images to be considered when taking photos of a review product.

Firearms

  • Full image of firearm
  • Bolt/bolt face
  • Action/receiver
  • Barrel profile
  • Stock profile
  • Sights/mounts
  • Trigger
  • Safety
  • Magazine
  • Any ergonomic or special features

Optics

  • Full image of optic
  • Windage and elevation adjuster knobs
  • Turrets and turret caps
  • Objective and ocular lens
  • Eyepeice/cups (scope & binoculars)
  • Power ring (scope)
  • Central focusing dial (binoculars)
  • Any ergonomic or special features

The above list offers a guideline when taking photos. Please contact the editor to discuss other options or for any technical assistance.

DIGITAL PHOTOS

Viewing standards are much higher these days. For best results you need a camera of 8-10 mega-pixels or more. Photos should be taken and downloaded at the highest resolution.

Many digital cameras and computer apps have basic picture viewing programmes designed for quick on-screen viewing or uploading to social media etc. These programmes compress photos into lo-res images which are not suitable for publication. Avoid these – keep your photos hi-res.

A good digital photo should be sharp and focused when it is blown up to the full size of your computer screen.

Please do not crop, edit or otherwise manipulate your photos. All image post-processing will be done during production of the article. Supply as original images taken directly from your camera.

TAKING GOOD GUN PHOTOS:

Guns are best photographed outside in a natural environment, in sunlight, at a range or in rural or back-country surroundings. Industrial settings with wood, metal or concrete showcase firearms very well.

Do:

  • Do photograph the gun outside in natural light against an uncluttered background, a tree trunk, a boulder, an old farm gate or a fence etc.
  • Do include a couple of photos of someone holding or shooting the gun, but don’t ask them to pose.
  • Do make sure the gun is not in shadow. One of the best places to photograph a gun is on a bench at the range.

Don’t:

  • Don’t try to take studio type photos of guns inside against a white sheet background.
  • Don’t use artificial lighting.
  • Don’t lay the gun flat on your lawn and stand over it to photograph it. Prop it up.
  • Don’t include your dog kennel, rubbish tin, lawnmower and clothesline in the background of the picture. Be creative, get out into the countryside and find a more scenic place to take your photos!

If you’re taking photos of competitors at a shooting event, don’t stand behind them and take photographs of their backs. Get yourself up alongside the shooters and get their rifles into the picture!

PHOTOGRAPHING DEAD ANIMALS:

Animals should be portrayed with respect. Gory or very bloody photos are usually not acceptable, but if that’s all you’ve got send them to us and we’ll make the decision.

A photo of an animal lying dead on the ground on its own is not much use. Get yourself, or at least your rifle,
into the picture. A hunter with his trophy and his rifle in hand makes a good photo

  1. Be sure to get yourself in the photo of the animal with your rifle! If you can’t get yourself in the pic at least get your rifle in it.
  2. Take at least a couple of photos with the camera in portrait mode and landscape mode.
  3. Last but not least, smile – be proud of your achievement, whether it be taking a trophy animal, shooting on the range or simply enjoying the scenery.
  4. Make sure your firearm is pointed in a safe direction!

Sound good?! Then please get in touch!

Call me on 021 0226 0185 or email at: nik@nzguns.co.nz

Nik

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