Photo editing like any other job in photography requires a set of skills.
These skills are many, varied, and can be acquired and enhanced over time.
In this article, we will discuss some of the top photo editing skills and how you can improve on them.
Top Photo Editing Skills You Must Have
- Photography Skills
It is important that you have a clear understanding of its principles. And what it takes to produce great photos. You must also complement this knowledge with passion.
The best way to improve on your photography skills is to;
- Develop a passion for taking photos of people, animals, light, shadows, and anything at all
- Read tutorials and research on modern photography
- Experiment with different devices
- Interact closely with other photographers and photo editors
- Share your work and seek advice.
- Good Workflow Management
Having a powerful photo editing software is a big boost but certainly not the only thing you need to produce great edits.
Understanding your software properly and knowing the best way to get outstanding results with it is one of the most important photo editing skills.
A critical aspect here is workflow, which must be handled with care because it largely affects your output.
Workflow simply means a systematic way of approaching the editing work right from the time you take the shot to the actual editing. And finally to the post processing stage.
Most photo editing applications come with tutorials in their workflows. You can also work closely with other photo editors to see how they get it right.
- Excellent Researcher and Communicator
Research can also help you keep abreast of any developments in your imaging software. And new trends in the industry that can affect your work.
Photos for prints are usually accompanied by a caption that must clearly and precisely explain the theme and context of the photo.
Apart from caption writing, photo editors also need to communicate effectively with other people. To improve their photo editing skills.
Here is more of what is recommended for you below;
- Read communication tutorials and attend communication classes
- Read captions written by other editors
- Develop a passion for learning and research to help you evolve with the industry
- Outstanding Ability to Distinguish Great from Good
Most of these photos will actually be good. Which means you must have a keen eye for what is truly “great”.
And because time is always a limiting factor, identifying great photos from the good ones is expected to take you not just a couple of seconds or just a few minutes. But a couple of time that might take longer than a few minutes.
The best way to master this skill is basically to work closely with other photo editors and understand what makes a picture unique or great.
- Exceptional Networking Skills
Therefore one of the best ways to thrive and succeed in this industry is to have a network of people within and outside the industry.
They may include and are not limited to the following below;
- Senior photographers
- Other photo editors that can serve as your mentors
- Photo news editors
- People who can provide important contacts and links
- Professionals who have valuable industry and non-industry information
Networking is improved by working on your communication and interpersonal skills. And most importantly striving to be the best at what you do. So that you can easily sell yourself to others.
- Good Interpersonal Skills
These people may include photographers, other photo editors, members of your work group, artists, and other celebrities, among others.
To get the best out of people, you need to be good at building relationships.
Improving this skill may be a bit tricky for some because the way we interact with others is defined to a significant extent by our personality.
However, just by trying to be a little friendly, accommodative, positive in attitude, and being ready to listen and share, can be of much help.
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