Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Reviewing an editorial layout, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Editorial Assignment.
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Douglas Kirkland> I've been doing editorial work for a long time.…In fact it's more than 50 years, if you can believe that.…And I worked at Life and Look, and many other publications, Holiday, you name it.…A long string of publications.…It's not new to me, doing this work, but what is interesting is to see how…your material is used.…We're all are gratified as a rule when we see the layouts come.…I mean I'm delighted to see this opening spread.…They call it a spread; sometimes they called it double truck. It goes across two…pages and it's interesting to observe how your open space is used here at the…top to put a title in.…
And since it's two pages, if you're designing pages and I have done page design as well,…you have to make sure that what we call the gutter, a separation between the…two pages, does not go through the middle of the lady's face.…So here it's coming here in a area that won't bother you to see it and this…is all part of the artwork of putting spreads, as we call them, together for a publication.…
In this installment of the series, Douglas goes on location and shows how to shoot photographs for publications. He begins with a look at the planning and packing involved in an on-location editorial shoot. Next, he shows how to construct a photo that tells a story about its subject. He demonstrates how to light and position the subject and use props to best tell the story. After getting the shot that will be on the article’s opening pages, he shoots documentary photos that show the subject in action.
Finally, he reviews the best images from the shoot and shows how he uses Photoshop to complete his workflow and refine the images. Douglas also shows how the final images were used by the magazine’s art director and describes how editorial photographers must compose shots with page design in mind by leaving space for typography and other elements.