Editorial - my market for the future?

Workmen preparing Cherry Picker

The more I get into this game the more I become convinced that editorial images are where my future is. Not for the money of course. Commercial is certainly going to provide a much greater RPI that most Editorial portfolios. I have to emphasise "most", as there are a few editorial photographers who I am sure earn a considerable income from their ports.

Pedestrians Watch Your Step

Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII Front

But for me, the reason is more of satisfaction and interest. I am simply not that interested in setting up with models, studio shots or the "factory look".

Barquentine tall ship Esmeralda

This is only me though, I respect others that find their niche and enjoyment in whatever photographic path they tread.

So, what makes good editorial images?

Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII

I'd like the views of others but IMO, interesting subjects, interesting angles, interesting locations, focus on the part rather than the whole, in fact anything that takes you away from the snapshot-type viewpoint.

Louvre pyramid and museum

I'm not suggesting that I have this down pat at the moment, I still have much to learn, practice and experiment with.

Mosta Dome, Malta, interior detail

But at least I've recognised my direction.

Mountain Vista

Sphere Within Sphere

Happy for any constructive comments on my thoughts and portfolio.

Photo credits: Verdelho.
  • Verdelho
Photographer, simply providing images suitable for commercial and/or editorial use, but tending away from image factory type productions.

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May 31, 2011

Thank you nice images! I am thinking the same way to submit editorial images however still learning about them and got some of them rejected :)


May 24, 2011

Thanks again so much for your comments. Judging by the portfolios of those kind enough to comment, I have a way to go.

DT is a nice place to be, with even nicer contributors.




May 23, 2011

Great images, thanks for share!


May 23, 2011

I agree with you about Editorial. There is something special about capturing real life as it happens and preserving it for future generations. I love looking at old photographs and all the things which we remove for commercial images (shop signs, billboards etc) are what make them interesting. Regards, David.


May 23, 2011

Beautiful images!!!


May 22, 2011

Thanks for this article It's encouraging to publish my editorial images on DT.


May 22, 2011

Thanks all for your comments and encouragement.

Brett. I’m jealous. I was in NY about this time last year. I was only there for a day as part of a cruise, but what a fabulous city.    Celebrating the American Revolution    So much life.    Times Square   . You'll enyoy. Ken


May 22, 2011

Great photos!


May 22, 2011

Editorial pictures are always gonna sell well, even though for a smaller amount of money. I have some editorial pictures in my portfolio and they sell great. Hope you`ll do ok with your choice! Good luck!


May 22, 2011

The editorials I'm planning to shoot over the next several months will include lots of people in busy tourist hot spots like Times Square in NYC. I like the freedom of shooting without the worry of model releases and capturing life as it happens. Good luck with your venture :-)



May 22, 2011

I think that there is a market as well. In terms of sale, it is longer. I prefer the Editorial than the RF because it is about life/reality comparing to to virtual reality create from scratch. Good luck for sales to come!


May 22, 2011

There is a market for editorials, depending on content and where the action or event happens. In fact, most of my best sellers are editorial. There is a way to get blurry or ghostly movement so the faces are not recognisable. Use long exposure, for eg. 1/30 seconds. Good luck with your sale :)


May 22, 2011

Thanks guys. You have both got it. Just keep true to what you want to record. Hopefully sales will follow.

To Ebamo. Why not try a few high shots of high-risers, which will
get you in the mode, and simply lower your camera. I've not had anybody complain to their appearing in a street scene. They're just part of the scene?


May 22, 2011

nice pics and good luck


May 22, 2011

Good for you! I wish I can be courageous enough to take pictures of public places and events. I only have one editorial picture.