Photo Editor

Collect, edit, and position photos for publication in a newspaper, magazine, website, or a book.

What does a Photo Editor do?

A photo editor works for newspaper agencies, magazines, websites, or publishing houses. You’re in charge of collecting photographs, coordinating photo assignments by selecting, preparing, editing, and positioning photos, and publishing these pictures and images.

As a photo editor, you identify the requirements of your client. You assign projects to photographer colleagues based on those needs and then review, edit, and manipulate the collected photos. The final approval and submission of images for publication and dissemination are in your hands. A photo editor manages staff members and makes sure that they complete all tasks according to deadlines.

Most aspiring photo editors begin their career as amateurs or trained photographers and have sufficient exposure and experience in capturing images. If you have a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism, photography, visual media, or fine arts, photo editing could be the perfect career for you.

The job often involves interacting with people and extensive travel. If you have good interpersonal skills and expertise in visual communication and organizational skills, photo editing may be an enjoyable experience for you. You need to be skilled in handling different editing software and technical equipment. Time management is also a key skill.