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Photo Editing & Visual Assets Research



What is a Photo Editor?

Posted on February 17, 2017 at 1:15 PM

Even the (almost) reliable online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, describes a Photo Editor as In computer graphics, graphics software or image editing software is a program or collection of programs that enable a person to manipulate visual images on a computer... A search on Google, Yahoo, Bing etc and brings up similar results.


I couldn't find a proper definition so, what is a photo editor? Too often, people confuse a photo retoucher with an editor. A retoucher uses graphic image manipulation software to enhance, retouch, clean-up, and adjust photographs. A photo editor researches and looks at zillions of images, chooses the most relevant ones, licenses, and catalogues them.


A photo editor knows who Eikoh Hosoe, Max Yavno, Herb Ritts, Gilbert and George, Ed Ruscha, Edmund Teske, Merkley??? are. A photo editor prefers to hang photographs on his/her walls rather then paintings but s/he also appreciates painting and sculpture, as well as literature, current events, cinema, the underground music scene, world news etc. A photo editor has read (although not a prerequisite) Roland Barthes' Camera Lucida and Ansel Adams' Zone system, the origin of HDR.


Besides having a knowledge of the history, current trends and cutting edge of photography, a photo editor is also aware of the current marketplace and Zeitgeist. He/she can tell in a millisecond what's great and what isn't. And s/he knows exactly where to get it at a reasonable price, or better. The business of photography has changed. What used to take a major investment in education, equipment, not to mention talent has been replaced with low-cost high performance digital cameras, photo retouching applications, and the multitude of online photo web sites. It takes a quick, sharp and learned eye to find a needle in a haystack rapidly.

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