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Editorial Photography

By Michelle Ecker on September 14, 2016


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Editorial Photography

Editorial photography is an extremely broad field with many opportunities worth considering as you consider some options for your professional career. Intended for the sake of reporting, this field likely has the strictest ethical standards as far as retouching and editing- so if that’s something that interests you crea5tively, this may not be the professional venture for you. Artists are arguably only supposed to do so in an effort to produce greater clarity, not to alter their work. If you think this might be something you’d like to get into, here are some genres to look into:

  • Archival photography- cataloging, preserving and storing photography collections in the long term
  • Architectural photography- photos of residential or commercial structures meant to capture the structural details
  • Nature photography- this could include aerial, landscape, wildlife, underwater, macro or floral photography
  • Scientific photography- this could include microscopic, forensic, microscopic, medical, fiber optic, astro, or telescopic photography
  • Military photography- this could include satellite, documentary or surveillance photography
  • Corporate photography- in this field you may be taking structural or interior photography, or you could be taking corporate portraits
  • Stage and set photography- this is photography of live music or performances
  • Celebrity photography- this involves paparazzi or red carpet type work
  • Commercial photography- to be considered editorial, this would mostly consist of PR photography
  • Fashion photography- this includes runways photography, not planned creative fashion shoots

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