Editorial images make up about half of my portfolio. I quite enjoy the freedom that comes to capturing such images. Unlike commercial images, these images don’t require property and/or model releases, which are next to impossible to obtain in a busy street scene.
I was out and about in Milan on a warm Friday evening with the aim of capturing some time-lapse footage – check them out here and here. In between shooting these videos, I took advantage to also capture illustrative editorials, which I’ve submitted to various Microstock and Midstock Agencies.
Editorials fall under two categories: Illustrative and News. In this piece, I’ll focus on illustrative editorials.
Travel Illustrative Editorial
Illustrative editorial images are often used to depict a subject of human interest, such as popular touristic places. There isn’t anything newsworthy going on, since the aim isn’t to necessarily document an event, but rather to document an iconic place.
Since Milan and Italy in general are such a popular travel destination, the following make for popular images which should feature heavily in blogs and news pieces:
Some Fine Art Shots
Above, I was going for that 80s faded film look. The kinds of images you’ll see in your grandmother’s drawer after 30 years and have faded due to exposure to sunlight and dust. I couldn’t quite decide on which filter to use so I submitted both of them – do you like them?
If you’re curious which filters I used, they’re PX680-Cold++ Alt (left) and Time-Zero-Polaroid Expired (right). For more information on VSCO filters for Lightroom, click here.
Footage, Microstock and Fine Art
I would say this would a quite successful evening of shooting, as I managed to diversify my photography into three different types of genres. This is important since relying solely on Microstock for earnings may lead to frustration as earnings continue to fall off a cliff due to an oversupply.
Until next time!
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