Editorial can Work

posted on 16th of april, 2013

I've always been a bit skeptical about shooting non-hard-press editorial imagery, since I underestimated the amount of editorial publications that need images of a more commentary and information type of style.

Dreamstime, I'm glad to report, are one of the few agencies (ok, the only one in my experience) that has a holistic approach to editorial imagery and can see value in images that are not "hard" news.

I sit with a decent archive of images of personalities and issues, that I'm gladly now adding to my Dreamstime portfolio, since it has proven, that when I submit it exclusively to Dreamstime, it can bring sales.

These two images have earned some revenue for me, that otherwise would've been lost. I'm really grateful for this, as I'm a commercial shooter that does not have time to always shoot bona fide stock images, but have to scour my archives and images I take on the fly for submission.

Living in a country such as South Africa, I certainly don't have a shortage of editorial images to be had.

For instance, I'm sitting on hundreds of images I took in Libya just prior to the revolution, but that is generic enough in nature to still be relevant.

I'm looking forward to more editorial sales!

Comments (10)

Posted by Freedomsfolio on May 06, 2013
I have had lots of sales on my editorial bucket!My most popular pic is an editorial one :)
Posted by Cathconvey on April 18, 2013
Hello Danie!
I also value editorial photos a lot because they're works which no one can repeat (and one cannot say the same about many commercial photos presented in photo agencies). Beside that, editorial photos document the moments of our life which are precious memories for someone, and by sharing these photos a photographer can show the other people what life is about at his/her place. So I wish you good luck and many-many woderful photos! Catherine
Posted by Angelaostafichuk on April 18, 2013
If you have excellent editorial photos there is no reason why they shouldn't sell. My portfolio is probably about 90% editorial and I have enjoyed every second shooting it. It's not just about the money...if you love what you are doing it will show in your work! Nice shots.
Posted by Perstock on April 17, 2013
Absolutely! More than half of my sales are editorial.
In fact, editorial is also in most cases commercial...
However, the approval process is sometimes very confusing when it comes to editorial. Editorial is really not only about events and people. Travel images is really more alive with some people included and I believe most travel images are used for illustration :-)
Posted by Suenos6 on April 17, 2013
Good article. Thanks for highlighting this. When I first joined dreamstime I was sceptical as to the value of editorial images but have been pleasantly proven wrong. I also agree that they add a bit of diversity to your portfolio. I would recommend that contributors not overlook the potential for extra income.
Posted by Baldas1950 on April 17, 2013
Editorial images sell very well, and I think it is also a way to insert a bit of diversity in your portfolio.
Posted by Laurasinelle on April 16, 2013
Editorial sell fine 4 me!
Posted by Laurasinelle on April 16, 2013
Editorial sell fine 4 me!
Posted by Egomezta on April 16, 2013
For me Editorial images sell very well. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Maxx71 on April 16, 2013
Yes, don't underestimate the editorial pictures. I've sold a few myself, and I'm quite happy about it.

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