Some beautiful examples on how you can maximise the sales potential of your images by including copy space (space for editorial copy overlaid on the image) into your compositions

Beginner

If you're looking to market your images to editorial customers, like book publishers and magazines, it's worth paying attention to the concept of 'copy space' (or copyspace) for your image compositions.

Simply put, copy space refers to an area of your photo, usually a solid block of colour or texture, that is ideally suited to overlay text. For example, an image chosen for a book cover may have copy space at the top of the image, where the book's title could clearly be placed. In editorial feature like a newspaper column, an image may be used to illustrate the copy, but some of that copy would likely be placed over the image. This is especially popular for DPS (double page spread) features.

Providing space for copy in your image compositions is a really simple way to maximise the sales potential of your shots. And adding copy space doesn't need to compromise the quality of your framing and compositions, far from it.

Here are some beautiful examples to show you how it can be done:

Poppy flower by Victoria Gardner - f/2.4 | 1/100s | ISO 80
Long exposure simplicity by Brynley Perrett - f/13 | 30s | ISO 100
Streets of İstanbul by Levent Arslan - f/5.6 | 1/2000s | ISO 400
Marsh Frog with reflection by Alan Grant - f/5.6 | 1/80s | ISO 400

Enjoying this article? Sign up to Picfair to start your own free store & put what you’ve learned into practice.

A green parot snake by Alain Poirot - f/8 | 1/200s | ISO 400
At shot of a streetlight in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Photo by Brian Conner - f/5 | 1/125s | ISO 800
An unusual view of birds flocking overhead. Photo by Leigh Hickin - f/7.1 | 1/400s | ISO 500
Aerial shot of abandoned roads in Dubai covered in sand. Photo by Ashton Joel Misquith - f/2.8 | 1/400s | ISO 100
Rainy Day Blues by dscphoto - f/5.6 | 1/100s. | ISO 200
Modern sport hall by Tomáš Hudolin - f/7.1 | 1/400s | ISO 100
Editor's tip:

If you're uploading your images to a marketplace setting where you're tagging (or keywording) your images. Make sure you include 'copy space' and 'copyspace'. Editorial customers often use these keywords when searching for images.