Last week we looked at a few examples of editorial photos that sell as stock.
If you’re not sure which of your travel photos you can use as editorial stock, this interview with stock photographer Shelly Perry will help you decide…
Interview with Stock Photographer Shelly Perry
Bonnie: Shelly, if I were to go back through my hard drive looking for editorial images to submit to stock, what should I look for?
Shelly: It will be very important to present your “knock out” shots. Especially as this editorial thing takes off, you want to set yourself apart from the crowd by presenting your very best work.
For editorial, that means get your technicals right. You want to get everything as close to perfect as you can in-camera, since very little post processing is required or even allowed for editorial.
Editorial shooting is a totally different thing. It’s important to understand that it’s not about thinking like a designer, as with regular stock. Instead, it’s about thinking in stories and presenting the facts as they are.
So when going through your hard-drive, you should look for stand-out shots that really tell a story and are timeless in a way. Hot news of the moment is not what iStock is looking for — though other sites may be, so always check the guidelines.
Bonnie: Is this like shooting editorial photos for a magazine or newspaper? What makes it different?
Shelly: It’s very similar, yes. The editorial expectations would likely be the same for most newspapers and many magazines.
However, what makes it different in my mind is the idea of timelessness.
With editorial stock we’re not looking for that urgent news event that will be plastered on the front page of every paper tomorrow morning (though if you see it, certainly take it!). We’re not going to run out and shoot the local sports team, or turn into paparazzi… all of which can fall under the editorial umbrella.
Instead, we are looking for interesting stories, be they about people, cultures, places, etc…
Bonnie: Thanks, Shelly!
Some of the most downloaded travel images for editorial stock include:
- Times Square
- The Vegas Strip
- The Sydney Opera House
Life in other cultures:
- Kids in school in other countries
- Kids and families in Africa
- Street performers
- Festival dancers
- People working the fields
The act of travel:
- Planes in flight
- Trains in the station
- People with their luggage
- Taxis and buses driving
- Double-decker buses
Take a look through your travel images — you may find a few “timeless” shots that you can sell as editorial use stock. Of course, before you upload, make sure to read the guidelines for each agency.
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** Deborah Kolb just spotted one of her photos in a magazine. Likely purchased from either Shutterstock or Istock, it appeared in Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa magazine.
** Shelly Perry’s photos were spotted on Snapfish.com last week. One includes our very own Travel Division Director, Lori Allen and her family.
** George Manlangit asks: When you submit stock photos, do you submit the same photos to all of the sites (ie iStock, Fotolia, Dreamstime) at the same time? Stock photographer Danny Warren answered: Start out submitting the same shots to all the sites you are accepted to so you become familiar with how they work and how much $ they make for you. After a while, you will better be able to see if exclusivity is a good option for you.