Find the best Photo Editor jobs

It takes just one job to develop a successful relationship that can propel your career forward.
Find work Interested in hiring?

Professionals on Upwork rate clients
Rating is 4.9 out of 5.
4.9/5

on average from 2M+ reviews

Trusted by

Check out a sample of the 2,323 Photo Editor jobs posted on Upwork

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are a scientifically-backed company specializing in products designed to extend lifespan and promote longevity. We are currently see…

Photo Editor Photo Editing Jobs Product Photography
See more

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for a skilled and creative photographer and videographer to collaborate with our team on capturing elevated model imager…

Photo Editor Photo Retouching Product Photography Photo Editing Jobs Fashion & Beauty Photography
See more

$100
Fixed-price

Entry
Experience level

We are seeking a skilled professional to take or edit high-quality videos and photos of various physical therapy exercises. The ideal c…

Photo Editor Education Camera Photo Editing Jobs
See more

$50
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

Seeking an exceptional graphic designer to create a high-quality image for the product page of our E-commerce store. We firmly believe…

Photo Editor Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Photo Editing Jobs Shopify Fashion & Beauty Landing Page
See more
Photographer for Gardening Products Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

Are you a talented photographer with a knack for capturing gardening products? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you! Job Des…

Photo Editor Digital Photography Photography Photo Editing Jobs Product Photography
See more
Local Restaurant Photographer Long Island Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

$250
Fixed-price

Entry
Experience level

Looking for a local photogrpaher in the long island/queens area for a restaurants social media needs. Pays $250 per month for an hour…

Photo Editor Product Photography Food Photography Photo Editing Jobs Photography People Still Life
See more
YouTube thumbnail Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

Experts only are needed for thumbnail creation for YouTube

Photo Editor Photo Editing Jobs Adobe Photoshop YouTube
See more
AESTHETIC EXPERT EDITING Pictures Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

$15
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

Work only edit retouch not too much editing only. Can remove objects or change color background. Kindly Provide Pics proof of effective…

Photo Editor Product Photography Photo Editing Jobs Photo Manipulation Fashion & Beauty Photo Retouching Adobe Photoshop
See more

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

Need someone with graphic design and video creation skills to create Facebook images and video ads, Tiktok video ads, and Google displa…

Photo Editor Photo Editing Jobs Video Commercial Fashion & Beauty Banner Ad Design Website Asset Social Media Imagery
See more
Product Photos for GS1 Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking to take a few product photos for GS1. This includes product itself, inner and outer packaging, also processing photos fo…

Photo Editor Photo Editing Jobs Food Photography Product Photography
See more
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.
Photo Editor average prices bell curve

$10 $25

Median hourly rates (USD)

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:

Upwork is not affiliated with and does not sponsor or endorse any of the tools or services discussed in this section. These tools and services are provided only as potential options, and each reader and company should take the time needed to adequately analyse and determine the tools or services that would best fit their specific needs and situation.

Your next job starts right here

Set up a free profile to showcase your skills, experience and desired pay rate to clients. You choose the payment method that's best for you to easily get paid for your work.

Find work
Upwork Payment Protection
Gives you security and peace of mind
See how it works