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What is editorial photography?

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2009-08-11 15:49:47

Editorial photography refers to the pictures in a magazine that

aren't ads. The photographs that go along with the articles - even

the cover of the magazine. Some photographers shoot only editorial

type work, others shoot both editorial and commercial. Commercial

photography is essentially advertising photography - or photography

for brochures, annual reports, things like that. Editorial

photography does not pay nearly as well as commercial, but with

editorial, you usually get much more creative freedom, and you get

a credit line. You do it to add to your portfolio - then show the

portfolio to get commercial work. Let's say you want to be a

fashion photographer. Would you like to shoot a layout of

photographs for Vogue? Even if you only got paid a few hundred

bucks? Of course you would. Then you show those pictures to

potential commercial clients - they are impressed - and you make

real money shootiing for them. It's far easier to get your foot in

the door of lucrative commercial accounts if you have editorial

tearsheets. Shooting editorial work might not pay the bills, but it

will be a very good investment in your future.3 ----

Editorial Photography is simply said to be a

photography that supports the printed word. That may be either news

or advertising.

As many readers may mistake this to be is type of a commercial

for a product specially for fashion articles that needs visual to

give the reader a perspective of what the article is all about. You

might say it's a way also to attract readers to buy the magazine or

news paper.


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