February 2021 // The Post-Production Edition

Enhancing Story In Editorial Photography | Robert Hall


Immersion occurs when someone is deeply connected to… anything. You can get lost in a movie, book, meal or activity. In photography, you can instigate this feeling when you encourage the viewer to look more deeply at your image. No single aspect of an image creates immersion alone; instead, it’s a combination of lighting, satisfying color palettes, layering and unique compositions.

Try to find perspectives that force the viewer to consider where the subject is. Use framing to draw attention to what is important. Use leading lines that drive the viewer to a specific part of the photo. Highlight the subject as the greatest area of contrast. Paying attention to these fundamentals will help you guide the viewer to the critical points of the story that exist in your photos.


In publications, the text to a story is always told in a literal manner. When photography accompanies a story, you have the freedom to express a concept or theme in a more abstract manner. This type of creative liberty should definitely be discussed in advance when working with a team, which is often the case when working in the editorial photography field. I feel nothing is off the table when it comes to abstract photography, so rather than try to define it, see my visual example.

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