As some of you might already know I am the Photo Editor at The Uniter, the weekly newspaper produced at the University of Winnipeg. Throughout the year I’ll be writing blog posts for The Uniter website and posting them here as well under a new section called “From the Photo Editor’s desk” Take a moment and check out The Uniter. They’ve got great writers and the photo contributors are amazing.
Here’s the first post of the year!
The cover is the first thing that everyone sees when they glance at the paper. It’s what helps them make the decision to pick up the paper and read it. So, when we look at what to put on the cover, we usually try to have a backup just in case the the original idea doesn’t pan out.
That can happen for numerous reasons. For example, we’re waiting on a supplied photo that might come in at the very last minute… or not. We can’t really publish the paper without a cover image (I wouldn’t mind trying but I think I’ll get in a lot of trouble with my managing editor…) so we need to have “Plan B.”
The public rarely sees these Plan B photos. Sometimes they get shifted to another issue if the image is appropriate, but more often than not, they sit on my hard drive collecting digital dust.
Below is the alternative cover for the next issue, which hits stands this Thursday (Sept. 13).
The actual cover image we’re using was shot this morning, the last possible day for photos to make it into the issue. In this case, it was a matter of scheduling with the people involved that pushed the shoot back so close to the deadline.
It all worked out, but this is what would have been on the cover if it hadn’t.