Photo Editor Job Description

The Photo Editor Job Description is a comprehensive list of typical job duties and expectations. It covers the most basic and essential functions that an [Job Title] will be responsible for once hired, as well as the experience or skills they’ll need to excel in this position.

About the Photo Editor Position

Do you know what makes a great photograph? Do you think photos can help tell a story? If so, consider joining our team as a Photo Editor.

We’re seeking an enthusiastic, experienced Photo Editor to work alongside our photographers, editors, and writers. To be successful in this role, you’ll need to understand how photos assist in storytelling and have a strong knowledge of best photography practices.

Photo Editor Responsibilities

  • Consult with editors, writers, and photographers to determine the visual needs for each story
  • Assign projects to photographers
  • Hire specialty photographers as needed
  • Provide feedback to photographers as needed
  • Choose photographs that work alongside the text, coordinating with the editorial team
  • Edit photographs so that they are visually appealing, clean, and clear
  • Obtain rights to use photographs as needed
  • Obtain clearance to shoot at designated locations as needed
  • Keep up-to-date on industry trends and editing software advancements

Photo Editor Requirements

  • AA or BA in photography, visual arts, digital media, or similar field
  • [1+] years experience as a Photo Editor
  • Robust portfolio showcasing editing experience
  • Knowledge of best photography practices
  • Proficiency with photo editing software including Lightroom, Photoshop, InDesign, and similar programs
  • Superb presentation and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a good Photo Editor?

A good Photo Editor knows what makes a good photo and what type of photo complements a story. Between managing a team of photographers and working alongside editorial staff, a Photo Editor will need strong communication and multitasking skills.

Who does a Photo Editor report to?

A Photo Editor typically reports to an art or photo director.

A Photo Editor typically reports to an art or photo director.

The salary range for a Photo Editor is $45,000 to $75,000.

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