Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Welcome, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Editorial Assignment.
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Hi, my name is Douglas Kirkland.…Thanks for joining us today for On Photography.…Today, we're going to be talking about the editorial assignment, something I…care very much about. I have been doing it a long time.…And when you are doing an editorial assignment, your head must be in a…slightly different place.…I am going to show you some of the reasons, but in a few words, you have to be…evaluating and you are reporting through your pictures.…Frankly, that's how it works.…Whereas if you are doing advertising or promotional work, you're thinking…through your client's eyes.…
So, as a photo reporter or a journalistic type photographer, you are evaluating…and you make pictures in a different way.…Let me show you some of them.…This is Frank Garry, the prominent worldwide known architect who design…among others, well, so many buildings around the world, but in this case he was still…working on the Disney Center in Los Angeles and this was in assignment done for…an Italian magazine called Max.…And this picture here is basically a single image, which probably could be an…
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.