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Design a Movie Poster
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 7 minutes ago

$50
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

Looking for an experienced graphic designer to create a movie poster for a project. I need someone who is creative, and who can work qu…

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Easy Photo Editing/retouch Job
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 18 minutes ago

$50
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

I am looking to edit a couple of vacation pictures (seven in total). I think they need some selective color correction, brightness adj…

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Remove background image
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 47 minutes ago

30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Expert
Experience Level

I will create photo editing and graphic design and editing You tube thambnail. Facebook thambnail b. Remove watermark and black-and-whi…

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Photoshop - change black background to transparent.
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 hour ago

$5
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

I couldn’t upload a picture here cause of the large file. Please check on Instagram @faizy_for_life I think you have to follow in ord…

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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Expert
Experience Level

Looking to do a video + photo shoot for a new appliance product in NYC (surrounding areas). Experience with shooting larger products is…

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Photo Editor
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 9 minutes ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Entry
Experience Level

Replace a face in one photo from a face in a different photo.

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YouTube Thumbnail Designer
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 47 minutes ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

3 to 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

Good Afternoon Freelancers, First, I'll look at everyone who applies, but read the full post first. I'll try to make your application…

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Photography and cinematography for pre wedding
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 hour ago

$350
Fixed Price

Entry
Experience Level

Photography on 3-4 locations in Bangkok Instagram teaser for a minute Cinematography for 3-4 min Discuss concept before shoot

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Create Lightroom Presets Hourly ‐ Posted 2 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Expert
Experience Level

Looking to recreate the lightroom presets on this page: https://www.inthefrow.com/presets Thanks, Carin

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Etsy Wall Art Graphic Designer Poster Design Hourly ‐ Posted 4 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

I'm looking for a full-time Etsy wall art and poster graphic designer for my Etsy store. This person would need to have experience in…

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Photo Editors on Upwork
can earn $10–$25/hr.
Learn more below about how you can earn a career on the world’s work marketplace.
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$10 $25

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How to Become a Freelance Photo Editor

Magazines, newspapers and many websites incorporate imagery to help tell their stories. The responsibility of overseeing the review and selection of photos used for these mediums falls to a photo editor. If you love photography, have a creative spirit, and have an eye for marrying the right imagery to any story, you might have what it takes to be a freelance photo editor on Upwork.

What does a freelance photo editor do?

Photo editors are a valuable asset to any organization that uses imagery to tell stories. Entities such as newspapers, magazines, and websites use a photo editor’s services to find just the right image to communicate their message. Photo editors are responsible for reviewing, editing, manipulating, formatting, and positioning photos for online and offline publishing opportunities.

As a freelance photo editor, you’ll oversee the use of photos that not only convey a particular message but also adhere to the brand standards of whatever medium you work for. It’s not uncommon for talented photo editors to review hundreds of photographs in order to select the right one or two for a particular article, story, or project.

Finally, photo editors may be tasked with overseeing photoshoots, using photographers, studios, products, and models to capture just the right image for an upcoming story or promotional opportunity. You might use digital technology to edit the photos resulting from the shoot, or you might edit and enhance photos provided by a third-party photography or stock photography site.

What skills do I need to become a freelance photo editor?

Freelance photo editors need certain essential skills to be successful and competitive. While an education in art or photography could be very helpful, the desirable skills of seasoned photo editors usually result from years of experience reviewing and selecting imagery as a freelance resource or an in-house employee.

Freelance photo editors benefit from many specific skills:

  • Ability to recognize certain elements in imagery. A freelance photo editor should be able to recognize elements within photographs and other imagery that help tell a compelling story or convey a certain message. Successful photo editors are adept at seeing nuances within images that others may not readily recognize. With this skill, they help magazines, book publishers, and website developers deliver more compelling and powerful creations.
  • Ability to review dozens of photographs a day. As a freelance photo editor, you’ll be tasked with reviewing dozens or hundreds of photographs each day from a variety of photographers. Ultimately, the job of a photo editor is to select from a large variety of images in order to find the right one to convey a particular story or message. Having great time management skills and being able to quickly work through large amounts of material can help with this responsibility
  • Photo editing software talents. Photo editors often use tools such as Adobe, Lightroom, InDesign, or Photoshop to edit and manipulate photographs and other imagery in order to touch up and correct them for publication.
  • Knowledge of the photographer commission process. Seasoned freelance photo editors are often tasked with hiring and deploying professional photographers for studio and on-site photo shoots. Because the photo editor knows exactly what’s needed for the project, they’re able to collaborate with photographers to get the best photos for the job.
  • Collaboration skills. Photo editors often work closely with magazine publishers, marketers, social media teams, advertising agencies, video editors, illustrators, copy editors, and communications specialists to deliver imagery for specific projects. The ability to collaborate with other key players and the possession of excellent communication skills are key capabilities of any photo editor.

What are the core freelance photo editor job responsibilities?

While freelance photo editors may be asked to handle many responsibilities as part of their job, there are key photo editor responsibilities common with most jobs:

  • Review, edit, and select photographs and other imagery designed to capture readers’ attention
  • Work with magazine editors to create compelling visual communications
  • Work closely with other team members in a cross-functional capacity, including marketing, communications, and web development teams
  • Write, edit and review captions for all photos being used for publication online and offline
  • Pitch creative ideas to editors and photographers
  • Edit, color correct, manipulate and refine all photos and imagery prior to publication
  • Oversee photo editing staff and provide editorial leadership within the department
  • Work closely with the rights and clearances team to ensure all third-party imagery is licensed

Should I get a photo editing degree or certification?

Education can be extremely helpful for photo editors looking to embark on a freelance career. While there are many freelance photo editors who don’t have four-year degrees, they often have some form of formal education and several years of experience.

Freelance photo editors can benefit from several types of education or certifications to help position themselves more prominently on Upwork:

  • Bachelor’s degree or master’s degree from an accredited university in photography, digital media, graphic design, journalism, or visual arts
  • Adobe Certified Expert
  • Online courses such as The Photo Editor’s Guide

Jumpstart your freelance photo editing career on Upwork and start looking for your first job. Eager to learn more about freelance photo editor jobs on Upwork? Check out these additional resources:

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