Photographs taken specifically for use in print or digital media like newspapers, magazines, news websites, or blogs are referred to as editorial photos. These pictures are meant to act as a narrative tool, enhancing the article material and providing the reader with a picture of the topic at hand.
This contrasts with commercial photography, which instead aims to sell items by appealingly showcasing them. As editorial photography requires greater creative interpretation, presentation, and subjectivity than reportage, it also differs from that genre.
While portraiture and fashion are frequent examples of this sort of photography, it may also call for an understanding of other subgenres like still life, cuisine, and architecture. Typically, the photographer would collaborate with a magazine editor who would provide them guidance on the kinds of photos needed for the stories or articles that are being written.
For this kind of photography, a full-frame DSLR or mirrorless system is often favored, however, equipment requirements vary greatly. Editorial picture captures can take place in a photography studio or another place, such as in a restaurant. Depending on what is being photographed, these circumstances will necessitate various lens configurations. The location also affects how much lighting is needed. While studio photography necessitates the use of extensive lighting equipment with strobes, continuous LED lights, and reflectors, on-location shooting requires small and light setups.