Design & Style

What’s the Difference Between Editorial and Commercial Photography? Learn How to Become a Better Professional Photographer

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 5 min read

If a photograph of a rock climber ascending a mountain was used to accompany a magazine article about rock climbing, it would be considered an editorial photograph. However, if a similar image was used in an advertisement for rock climbing gear, it would be considered a commercial photograph. The main difference between editorial and commercial photography are process and result.