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Photo Editor Job Description

We are recruiting for a creative Photo Editor to ensure that our articles feature aesthetically pleasing photographs. As a Photo Editor, we require you to discuss concepts with our editors, arrange photoshoots, and ensure that selected photographs are artfully positioned in relation to the text.

To succeed as a Photo Editor, you should demonstrate experience in photo editing and the ability to aline your creative ideas with those of the editorial team. High Performing Photo Editors are team players who enhance the reader experience with beautiful photographic arrangements.

Photo Editor Duties and Responsibilities

  • 2-3 years of experience in photo editing, or similar.
  • A complete portfolio of work-related examples.
  • Advanced proficiency in photograph editing software, such as Lightroom, Photoshop, and InDesign.
  • Exceptional creative abilities as reflected in appealing photographic content.
  • Ability to collaborate on projects and integrate editorial feedback.
  • Extensive experience in coordinating photography projects and meeting deadlines.
  • In-depth knowledge of copyright and other relevant permissions.
  • Proficiency in keeping up with photography trends and related technologies.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s or Associate Degree in Photography, Visual Arts, or similar.

Photo Editor Skills and Requirements

  • Consult with the editorial team and brainstorming creative concepts.
  • Coordinate photography assignments and allocating projects to in-house photographers.
  • Hire specialist photographers and negotiating fees, if relevant.
  • Obtaining rights to photographs, as well as permission to shoot at designated locations, when required.
  • Select photographs that complement the text in the way envisaged by the editorial team.
  • Edit and artfully positioning photographs to accompany texts.
  • Submit photographic designs for approval in a timely manner.
  • Obtain feedback from editorial teams and making relevant changes, when required.
  • Keep track of industry trends and advancements in the field of photographic editing.
  • 2-3 years of experience in photo editing, or similar.
  • A complete portfolio of work-related examples.
  • Advanced proficiency in photograph editing software, such as Lightroom, Photoshop, and InDesign.
  • Exceptional creative abilities as reflected in appealing photographic content.
  • Ability to collaborate on projects and integrate editorial feedback.
  • Extensive experience in coordinating photography projects and meeting deadlines.
  • In-depth knowledge of copyright and other relevant permissions.
  • Proficiency in keeping up with photography trends and related technologies.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s or Associate Degree in Photography, Visual Arts, or similar.

Personalising Your Photo Editor Job Description Advise

The hiring process and recruiting new employees to fill your key roles requires a degree of personalisation if you are to attract the best employees in a competitive employment market. The right person for a crucial role or more senior roles will likely have other employers targeting them. As your job description will be the first point of contact, you need to nail your pitch and provide the best possible service.

When creating your bespoke description and advert, you should cover and promote these points:

Job title: This should accurately reflect the role and include keywords that top talent might be using to search for jobs.

Job duties: The day to day duties, such as administrative tasks, which vary depending on the company and inform the candidate if they can complete the role.

Technical skills: These are the hard skills required through training, such as proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Soft skills: These include the interpersonal skills and general abilities the right candidates will possess. For example, the competency to prioritise multiple tasks, handle customer queries and customer complaints, work alone, or build a good relationship with coworkers.

The company’s culture: Highlighting your company culture and values ensures employees thrive and find outstanding job satisfaction. Candidates that are not the right fit won’t waste their time completing the application process, meaning you can focus on qualified individuals and hire in a more timely manner.

Career progression: Including the career path will entice candidates looking for career growth. 

Training and development programs: Smaller companies may need employees with previous experience or provide educational assistance over internal training offered by larger organisations with more significant resources. 

Employee benefits: Compensation and benefits often fail to appear in job ads and while you may want to hold your cards close to your chest, failing to include them is a mistake. Consider answering common questions, such as working hours and paid leave. Researching the average salary for the role in these early stages will ensure you don’t waste your interviewer’s and the candidate’s time.

Skill gaps: Your company may need to bring in new skills beyond those required to complete the key role and duties. Thinking on an organisational level can be beneficial when contemplating skills diversity.

Legal requirements: Ensure your job advert and description does not ask for inappropriate or discriminatory personal details, such as age, marital status, or religion.


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