Their are loads of terms that get banded about in photography, and I am sure you have all heard the terms "editorial" and "commercial photography" mentioned. But do you really know what they mean?
Photography has more turns of phrases and categories than most professions. We love a good bit of terminology and to be able to carefully put things in the right boxes. When I started out in photography, I thought that commercial photography was photographs in commercial settings (offices or workplaces) and that street photography was a photograph of a street. Of course, over the years, we slowly gain a better understanding of the secret language of our profession.
In this video, I go over both the differences in terms of the types of work that would be categorized as commercial or editorial, the reasons why they would meet that criteria, as well as the professional differences in terms of the way we carry out the work, the types of requests we may have, budget restrictions in both genres, and the reason why many professional photographers regularly do both.
I am probably in the minority in my niche of food photography, where I prefer to do commercial over editorial work, but that is probably because I come from a sports and science background, and I like the rules. What is your preference?