Capturing & submitting Travel Editorials – My Friday Evening Shoot in Milan

Hey all,

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:

Bosco Verticale
Officially opened in October 2014, Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) is a pair of award-winning residential towers in the Porta Nuova district of Milan, Italy. The towers have heights of 110 metres (360 ft) and 76 metres (249 ft) respectively and host 900 trees (each measuring 3, 6 or 9 meters or 10-30 ft) and over 2,000 plants from a wide range of shrubs and floral plants distributed in relation to the façade’s position towards the sun.
Golden hour at Piazza Gae Aulenti, a stylish and beautiful space with sculptural features including a continuous flowing circle of seating surrounding a vast reflecting pool, 60 metres in diameter that reflects the colours of the changing seasons and surrounding buildings
Milan, Italy - July 7th, 2017: Milan, Porta Nuova, Lombardy, Italy
Leading up to Piazza Gae Aulenti. ISO 50, F11, 1/8 secs
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Set up my tripod on the middle of the walkway – people stare and make comments which used to make me self-conscious, but nowadays I really don’t care – here’s some tips on getting over your fear of photographing strangers
Corso Como
Corso Como, a popular destination to hang out and enjoy the Milanese past-time of the aperitivo. Here, I chose to include a strong foreground element to add depth to the image. ISO 50, F11, 1/6 secs

Some Fine Art Shots

I topped the night off by shooting some fine art images which I’ll be submitting to Arcangel Images and Fine Art America:

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.

modern skyscraper
Another one for a book cover!

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!

Alexandre Rotenberg

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