Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Emailing Submissions 101

by Photos8.org

I have sent countless e-mail submissions to publications over the last 10 years and we at Sinical now receive daily image submissions from models, photographers, and writers. Here are some humble suggestions on the best way to send an e-mail to any publication.


1. Briefly introduce yourself: your name, location, and what you do.

2. Briefly list your credits.

3. Keep to one subject. Don't discuss multiple subjects. Send a seperate email if you need to discuss more than one matter.

4. Don't write in ALL CAPS. ALL CAPS ARE HARDER TO READ. Especially when your whole letter has been written in ALL CAPS.

5. If you are a photographer: send low resolution images, first. Send high resolution images when requested. I personally don't open any files that are 1MB and larger.

6. Don't ask someone to look up your portfolio or Facebook page online somewhere to see your work.

7. Don't let rejection get to you.

8. Use a signature with your contact information.

9. Use spell-check.

10. Don't mass e-mail several publications with your submission. The more people you CC the less likely anyone will respond to it.

11. Don't ask for a cover!

12. Only send your best work and not 2 dozens images.

13. Use a specific title for the subject line. 

The bottom line is: keep it short and simple. If your email is long, it will probably be read later. If there are no images and only links, those links will probably never be clicked.


Send e-mail submissions to: laura @ sinicalmagazine.com.




WTF Were You Thinking?

Photo by Ricky Miramontes. MUA: Angelica Dominguez.

Article by Divya.

WTF Were You Thinking?

…when you bought those faux cut-off shorts.

Since childhood, my mom always called me “The Cutter.” I cut everything. As a kid, I cut my hats in feeble attempts to fit rhinestones in the holes (screw off, I was a kid and did not have a BeDazzler). In the tween years, I cut holes in my Calvin Klein jeans to make them look more like Kurt Cobain’s jeans. The obsession with cutting clothing progressed over the years and here I am, pushing 30, with a closet full of cut-off sweats, sweaters, blouses, tees, and jeans. After all, I am “The Cutter,” hear me and my scissors roar in fury at these clearly lesser, fraudulent, and over-priced “cut-offs” you can buy anywhere that sells jean shorts.

When I spend good money on shorts, they should be hemmed. They better be hemmed and my ass better look spectacular. Those are my only two criteria.

So… what is this blasphemy I am seeing now with faux cut-offs? What purpose does that serve? When I cut jeans into shorts, it is because they are useless to me as full length jeans. Or, I am out of shorts and it is cheaper to go to the thrift store, buy some 3 dollar man-jeans, and cut those suckers until my ass looks brilliant. Then I am home-wrecking your life by going on a date with your dad to Chuck-E-Cheese after he spotted these rosy cheeks at the Wal-Mart you were likely conceived in.

They are cut-offs out of necessity and they are custom made for my rump! That is the appeal! It adds to my skank factor too because it tells a dude, “I am purposely showing off my butt to you. I made this. If I wanted it longer, I would have cut them to be longer.” So you see, they are both skanky and functional; you’re not sacrificing anything and that is what makes it so beautiful.

There is a certain amount of pride and accomplishment you feel in turning your jeans into cut-offs. Now, everyone from designer and generic labels are trying to take that satisfaction from us. Am I not allowed to be a cheap skank on my own accord?

I like having to trim the threads after about a dozen washes when the cut-offs start to fray more, it is a rite of passage for any piece of denim you cut. These pretend cut-offs do not have any fray that looks even remotely genuine. I saw urban outfitters is selling authentic cut-offs, but why would you ever pay for cut-offs? My cut-offs better make me money by getting me “sponsored” by some old dude that appreciates my rigorous workout routine, and not cost me money. If it costs more than $3, it is cutting into your Ramen funds and “us girls” have priorities, thank you very much.   



David Fincher Launches Kickstarter For 'The Goon'



David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) has turned to crowdfunding site Kickstarter for financing to develop an animated feature based on Eric Powell's comic 'The Goon".

The project has been in development hell for several years. David Fincher would executive produce the film with Tim Miller and Jeff Fowler would co-direct. Fincher and Miller have posted a video asking for $400,000 to help fund a story reel for the project. Watch the video at the official Kickstarter page for 'the Goon'.


'Hitchcock' Movie Trailer


HITCHCOCK is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock, and his wife and partner Alma Reville. The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock's seminal movie PSYCHO. The film stars Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, and others.



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'Hitchcock' is set to be released on November 23rd, 2012.






Alt. Photography Tip #1: Utilizing Window Light

window light 1

Bride: Ellen Long.


I first came across the idea of utlizing window light when I was commissioned to shoot a wedding. Before I started shooting the event, the client brought me a photograph of a bride standing by a window and looking out. No flash. No extra lighting. Just natural window light. It was simple and elegant. This shot has now become one of my "key" shots on my shot list at wedding events.

I started incorporating natural window light into my fetish photography. The single light source is often soft and diffused and flattering to the camera subject.



window light 2

Model: Eve Marie.


7 Key Tips -


1. Turn off all interior lights.


2. Face the subject directly into the window or at a 45 degree angle. The light will softly illuminate the side facing the window. 


3. Use a reflector to fill in the shadow side, if needed. Left alone, the shadows will add a moody quality to the image.


4. Use a large aperture (Recommended: 2.8f aperture).


5. Customize your white balance setting.


6. If the sunlight is too bright harsh, use a curtain or blinds to diffuse the light.


7. For a more moody effect: face your subject away from the light and shoot from a low angle.


window light 3

Model: Hollis Ireland.



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