Most of the cover photos for famous magazines and different publications are taken with very simple photographic tools. If you carefully look at the photos, you can probably tell what the light source is from the shadows that fall on the model and roughly understand what really went into making that specific production. While anyone can take a photo using the same tools, it, does not necessarily mean that you will end up with the same cover page.
What really makes a big difference in a photo are small elements, grouped together to make a big impact. Let’s count the most prominent elements which make a photo a cover photo or editor’s choice. Even if you are simply looking into creating more content for your portfolio and need to have an impact on your future clientele, you might want to read through this article to understand what goes into the production of any planned photo shoot, small or big.