Do editorial photos sell? And at what ratio to commercial?

posted on 19th of december, 2012

I have about 1200 photos on line at DT and practically all are for advertisement. But when I click on contributors portfolios, I see many editorial images. I just got back from a trip to France. Do any images of say, a prespective shot of the Arc de Triomphe with the Champs Elysees on both sides sell? What is the ratio of editorial to commercial sales on DT? Maybe I've been ignoring photos because I can't get 250 model releases or a property release to the Empire State building!
Any thoughts or ideas?

Comments (12)

Posted by Leswrona on September 09, 2014
I have uploaded many images at editorial licence as I like taking pictures of events and interesting people. Now, over half of my portfolio is composed of editorial pictures. Surprisingly enough, I have some downloads of those images. Most of downloads, however, are without any keywords searched for, and this is puzzling me. To answer your question, editorial images are in demand and are worth uploading.
Posted by Sunguy on December 21, 2012
As with Peanutroaster, my best selling image is also an editorial one.
Posted by Peanutroaster on December 21, 2012
My best selling image is an editorial shot.
Posted by Angelaostafichuk on December 20, 2012
Almost all my photos are editiorial, and thety they sell well. It always depends on the subject and what perspective you shoot from. Look at wat other people have of the same place and decide if its worth it or not. Good luck!
Posted by Babar760 on December 20, 2012
Thanks all for the advise. I'm going to go through lots of CDs to pick out the shots I should submit to DT for editorial. And, Davidwatmough, I seem to be the only photographer on DT that is not on your "favorite" list! Inverness, I remember it still! ( great single malt and smoked salmon ).
Posted by Bradcalkins on December 20, 2012
2% of my shots are editorial, and they have earned about 2% of my total income. So for me they sell, but no better or worse than anything else I produce :)
Posted by Davidwatmough on December 20, 2012
Yes editorial shots of a pantomime for example which have just been approved can be viewed in my portfolio.
Classic car rallies, agricultural shows, castles cruise ships etc offer tremendous potential. David
Posted by Retina2020 on December 19, 2012
Take a look at his article I wrote. https://blog.dreamstime.com/2009/02/02/getting-increased-portfolio-exposure-for-newbies_art28618
Posted by Egomezta on December 19, 2012
Many of my sales are editorials... They workk very well for me.
Posted by Nikon4004 on December 19, 2012
I have quite a few editorial salesl

Depending on the material.

RF Wedding pics will outsell EDitorial wedding pics, ules of someone famos.. You may not editorial wedding images approved.
Posted by BCritchley on December 19, 2012
All good photo's sell with the right concept associated to them. A good editorial out sells a bad RF shot and vice versa.
Posted by Chanevy on December 19, 2012
Most of my sales have been of editorial photos.

Comments (12)

This article has been read 2397 times. 1 readers have found this article useful.
Photo credits: Crobard, Rostislav Glinsky.

About me

I\'m still waiting for my best shot

Carlisle, US

April (1)
March (1)

Stock Photography that BLOGS!

Interact, make friends, share tips and techniques, have fun. Dreamstime wants your ideas and thoughts whether you are a photographer, designer or regular user. Create a blog to tell your story, promote favorite images and photographers, post tutorials or simply exchange opinions with your with fellow dreamstimers.

Don't forget words and pictures go great together so make sure you choose some Dreamstime favorite pics to brighten your article. For inspiration, check out the hottest or the most useful blogs on the left.

Create a blog to tell your story, promote favorite stock images and photographers

Create your blog

My favorite articles


More favorite articles

Related image searches

editorial commercial property release model

Editorial related stock images