@Mark_Eveleigh PRO 9:41pm, 24 June 2006
It often surprises me what images a picture editors chooses to illustrate a feature.
One of my most popular shots on Flickr (hovering around 97 favourites and 1,600 views) has been ignored by most editors who have seen it in favour of what I considered to be much more mundane images.
Have you experienced the same?
Nicola Okin Frioli 12 years ago
Well, my expirience are sometimes very "sad"... I think that about images, the people needs to grow up some "image education"...
Can be the same situation in common people, or some photo editors.. Normaly all over the world the people can be educated by Tv, great photos in magazine, and advertising posters.... but some photoeditors are high mediocrity person and don't know the light of Caravaggio or of the other great paint master of the past...!! that is so sad... and humiliate..
Anindo Ghosh 12 years ago
If anyone's interested in a "taste test":

I was recently commissioned to shoot a set to illustrate an article about a tiny village, Ranwar, tucked away in the midst of Bandra, a buzzing suburb of Mumbai.

Of the images below, which ones would you pick if you had been the editor?

Ranwar Village - Heritage under threat Ranwar Village - Heritage under threat Ranwar Village - Heritage under threat Ranwar Village - Heritage under threat Ranwar Village - Heritage under threat Ranwar Village - Heritage under threat Ranwar Village - Heritage under threat Ranwar Village - Heritage under threat Ranwar Village - Heritage under threat Ranwar Village - Heritage under threat Ranwar Village - Heritage under threat Ranwar Village - Heritage under threat Ranwar Village - Heritage under threat


I'm keen to hear your views - from my view, the ed and I agreed on only one of the four photos finally selected.
@Mark_Eveleigh PRO 12 years ago
Best 4 I'd say:
second on the top row
third on 2nd row
middle and last on 3rd row.

How'd I do?
Anindo Ghosh 12 years ago
My pool submission of a moment ago would have given you the answer:
* Fourth on top row
* First on second row
* Second on second row

Now, my personal picks were almost exactly what you picked - I would have picked the old lady, first on third row.

:-)
humdrum level [deleted] 12 years ago
Yeah. I agree. Sometimes editors blow my mind with their choices.

Recently, I've been trying to 'steer' editors into publishing what I want by making my favorite photo the 'best' crop or supply the best caption with my favorite.

I work for many publications at many different stages of business with editors of very different experience levels. I tend to play with the less experienced editors' heads more than with the experienced/major publication ones.
@Mark_Eveleigh PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by @Mark_Eveleigh (member) 12 years ago
As a photographer who writes most of his own features (ie the majority of my shots are published alongside my own text, rather than separate sales) I can often manage to 'write a specific image into the story.' It's one of the benefits of doing text and image packages.

There's never any guarantee though, and (especially when editors source images from elsewhere) I'm often astounded by a choice of shots that has little to do with what I was writing about.
annagdickson 12 years ago
Sometimes the editor doesn't have as much choice as you may think. A lot of the time it can depend on the design of a page. Specifically for Editorial magazines, the editor in cheif may have last say. It may depend on the design of the page as well. They might really love a vertical shot that you did, but may have to go with their 2nd or 3rd choice of a horizontal shot instead.

I have picked shots that I absolutely think are amazing, and the designers and editors will chose something different simply because they think it fits better. Every job I've had, (except one that was highly fast paced) really only gave me 1st pick, final picks weren't up to me at all.

So although there may be better shots in your portfolio, unfortunately a lot goes into chosing the final one.

Plus I've noticed that they cater to what they think the audience wants more so than what the most interesting photo may actually be. I respect magazines that go out of the ordinary and chose the artistic rather than the obvious.
_Aimée_ 12 years ago
I'd pick 3rd on the 3rd row...
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