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Basics of Freelance Editorial Photography

Chris Jordan Kings County first African American sheriff

Chris Jordan, Kings County Sheriff Candidate raises his arms in triumph, while supporters cheer after hearing polling results, at his headquarters, Tuesday night.

Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created.  It is a major force in explaining man to man.  ~Edward Steichen

By Ralph Berrett (Full Metal Photographer)

Ken Malloy, anchor for CBS 47 in Fresno

Ken Malloy, anchor for CBS 47 in Fresno

Editorial work can be extremely rewarding and is one of the great methods of gaining photographic access to sporting, concerts and news events.

With the depressed economy, it is a great opportunity for freelance editorial photography.  Unfortunately this is because newspapers, magazines and other publications have cut their photo staffs, but publications still need images. So what we are seeing is a rise in freelance editorial photography to fill the void.

Editorial photography refers to the images in magazines, newspapers and other publications, that aren’t ads. These are the photographs that go along with the articles – even the cover of a magazine. Photos in publications validate and illustrate the stories. So you need to think content, words and pictures.

There are some things you need to keep in mind when dealing with a publication. Look at the publication, and see what types of photos it runs. Does your work match the type of work seen in the publication? This sounds simple, but you will be surprised how many photographers send in portfolios that do not relate to the publication.

E-mailing alone is not an effective way to communicate with a publication. You need to create a relationship with different publications and editors. Pick up the phone, call them, and if you need to, meet them in person. Introduce yourself to the managing editor and ask who would be a good contact for submitting work and what their requirements are.

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