Carry a camera. In every dealing I’ve ever had with an editor, they’ve always asked me to supply photos to illustrate my articles. You could source images on the internet, but then you have to make sure to read and obey the licensing rules for each image that you use.
Good places to look for photos on the web are everystockphoto, flickr, Wikimedia Commons, and Google Images. It takes a bit of time to search for images but you can often find high quality, professional photos which look much more attractive than anything you could produce yourself. If you are writing about a very specific topic you may not find an image that corresponds to your article’s content.
A lot of the articles I write are reports about local events so it’s often more straightforward to take my own photos. Since I mostly write for the web, the quality of these images has not been much of an issue. Recently I’ve been submitting articles to print magazines where image quality is a lot more important. I don’t want my inadequate photo-taking skills to be a barrier to getting published so I’m going to have to get myself trained up. I’m not sure how yet. I guess I’ll start by reading some books about photography and then look into courses.
Can anyone recommend some books to get me started? Are there any skills you’ve had to learn to increase your chances of being published?