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Editorial = Newsworthy

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Cutcaster is always seeking good editorial work, but we know that sometimes there is a little confusion about what “Editorial” means.

Editorial photography should support the printed word. Editorial images need to have a tale to tell, like the image above, from the 2011 Cairo protests. The man central to the image seems to have a bandage around his head, we wonder how he was hurt, what he is reading, and it draws us into the story of the protest.

Editorial doesn’t have to be purely documentary. The image should tell a story, but that story doesn’t have to completely rely on the central subject. The mood of the lighting, the colors, the composition and the set or background can and should also help to tell the story.

Editorial can be news, advertising, commercial or fashion.

  • The most interesting fashion images are usually editorial and Digital Photography School has more information on how to set up that kind of shoot.
  • Commercial editorial style captures the client in the context of their work, and tells the story of what they do.
  • Advertising tells a story that will help sell a product.


Wednesday Tech Tip: Editorial Images

Cutcaster loves editorial images.  However, we prefer images of celebrities, politicians, newsworthy events ( like natural disasters), and professional athletes.
When submitting editorial images, please keep the following tips in mind:
  • Parades, joggers, your son’s karate lessons are great, but not what we’re looking for.
  •  Never never submit pictures of people’s backsides (like at the beach) without their permission.
  • Don’t submit pictures of kids without parental approval (even kids in other countries).
  • Portraits of indigenous or ethnic people are wonderful, but please get a model release.
  • Be sure to use names when photographing sports figures.
  • We will be culling a lot of editorial images from our collection that do not have proper names, places, etc.
  • Be sure to mark recognizable and significant landscapes such as historic building exteriors (where people are not the focus of the shot) as editorial.
 Still have questions? Check out the images below for examples of the kind of pictures we are looking for.
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CEV Championship, November 2011
Riot police
Diogo Pinto

Don’t forget to refer your friends.  We have an excellent referral program!

Wednesday Tech Tip: What to shoot for the holidays

woman in wool sweater and cap

The holidays are quickly approaching, and Cutcaster needs your shots! Christmas is always a popular search, but we’d love to offer Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa and other winter celebration submissions (solstice?). We’re also looking to add more images of winter beyond the typical landscapes and snow covered trees. Take a look at what we already have and then think outside the box- what else says “winter”? Focus on shooting people; think about what kind of outdoor activities you can shoot. Winter is full of possibilities; explore fresh perspectives on old themes.

For inspiration, check out this blog featuring 31 Christmas light photos. Each one uses the warmth or color of the holiday lights, but with very different compositions and themes.

Speaking of holiday lights, candle light can really set a beautiful mood. Check out these Hanukkah candle light shooting tips.

Camera shoot ideas for the spring and summer months

A note from our Creative Director, Cora Reed:

Spring has arrived, and everyone is eager to get outside and take pictures of all the fresh blooming flowers.  Some stock sites aren’t even taking flowers any more, but I must admit I love them.

Here are some hints for flowers:

Compose! I know it’s tempting to take shots from top down, or even just at random.  A fat bumble bee on a perfect flower is nice, but a random bug on a flower, not so much.  Keep those for your personal collections.  Think outside the box!  Look for different angles, make sure your flowers look perfect.  Macros are wonderful, bokeh works great for background compositions.  Send only your very best flower pictures.  Really look at them carefully, and submit the pictures that make you say “WOW!”

Download these images here:

Photo of Tulipa World Legend Darwin Hybrid Tulip

Serenity Sakura

Gerbera flowers

That said, a word of warning for you spring and summer time shots.  Here is a short list of easy shots that we really don’t want to see:

1)  Common ducks, geese, and sea gulls.  (Give me a nickel for every duck photo I see and I could pay down most of the US’s national deficit. Well almost.)  If you must submit ducks, find the interesting pictures of ducks like this:
Male Mandarin Duck swimming in golden water

And as with any animals, be sure to keyword with common and scientific names of animals.

2) For those close to a beach and taking pictures of the beach, keep those WOW concepts in mind. Remember that Cutcaster does NOT accept pictures of children you don’t know and can’t get a model release for, so please do not upload them, even as editorial photos. In addition, we will not accept the backends of beachgoers without their consent or knowledge.

We are extremely excited to see your latest pictures of spring’s bounty!  Get out, shoot as much as you can and keep your most exciting and best work coming!

Woman in white dress and raised hands standing in blue sea water

Cute teenage girl at the beach with her mother on a stroll at the background

Red vintage bicycle with basket and flowers leaning against wooden fence at beach.

Download the above images below at Cutcaster using these links.

Woman in white dress in sea

Pretty young girl smiling while at the beach mother at the back

Bicycle with flowers

Warm Regards,

Cora Reed

Image Volume. Getting noticed with 40 images or less?

Cutcaster contributors are our lifeblood and their artwork is what has helped us grow our base of loyal picture buyers and kept the lights on. We have over 4000 contributors at Cutcaster, who have uploaded at least one file to the site. Some like Yuri Arcurs, Elena Elisseeva, iofoto or MonkeyBusiness Images have thousands of images while many other equally as talented contributors have less than 40 images a piece on our site. What is so important about the number 40?

If you uploaded 40 or less files to Cutcaster and then just stopped, you may be scratching your head why your images don’t come up more in searches or produce more sales. If you are less than 40 it might be time to upload more photos. Here’s why:

You might ask yourself, “What´s wrong with 40?” or “I will wait until I see sales before I upload more.”

Cutcaster now has over 800,000 unique, high quality stock photos and stock vectors from amazing contributors all over the globe. We are getting pickier and pickier with our selection as we grow. If we take a contributor’s portfolio on Cutcaster, which has 40 accepted images and compare it to Cutcaster’s entire collection of over 800,000 files, you start to see why constantly uploading or having a larger portfolio at Cutcaster is a good strategy to get more eyeballs on your content.

1. For every 1 of the pictures in the 40-something contributor’s portfolio there are roughly 20,000 royalty free stock photos or vectors from other contributors at Cutcaster competing with your 1 image.

So the chance that your image will be seen, first in our collection, and secondly, on our website, is comparable to the odds that you will become a professional athlete: 1 in 22,000, which for most of us is pretty slim.

How can you correct this and get the odds back in your favor?

New and old contributors need to have an image presence of at least 500-1000 images to expect regular sales that they can rely on for earnings, since they are competing for buyers’ eyeballs and attention on our website. If you only have 40 photos now, you might make an occasional sale, but in order to make more money, you need to upload more of your images to Cutcaster or expand the diversity of your portfolio. It’s time to turn that 40 into 400 or even better 4000. Good luck.

Note: The above images can be purchase at Cutcaster by following the below links.