Profession picture editor

Picture editors select and approve photographs and illustrations for newspapers, journals and magazines. Picture editors make sure that the photographs are delivered on time for publication.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Graphic design

    The techniques to create a visual representation of ideas and messages.

  • Photography

    Art and practice of creating aesthetically appealing images by recording light or electromagnetic radiation.

  • ICT software specifications

    The characteristics, use and operations of various software products such as computer programmes and application software.

  • Multimedia systems

    The methods, procedures and techniques pertaining to the operation of multimedia systems, usually a combination of software and hardware, presenting various types of media such as video and audio.

  • Editorial standards

    The guidelines on how to deal with and report on privacy, children, and death according to impartiality, and other standards.

  • Post-processing of photographs

    The characteristics of software and techniques used in post-processing photographs.

  • Press law

    The laws concerning the licensing of books and the freedom of expression in all products of the media.

  • Copyright legislation

    Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.

Skills

  • Perform image editing

    Edit various types of images such as analogue and digital photographs or illustrations.

  • Negotiate exploitation rights

    Negotiate with the creator the rights to communicate a work to the public and to reproduce it.

  • Meet deadlines

    Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.

  • Edit photographs

    Resize, enhance and retouche photographs, using airbrushing, editing software and other techniques.

  • Follow ethical code of conduct of journalists

    Follow the ethical code of conduct of journalists, such as freedom of speech, right of reply, being objective, and other rules.

  • Supervise staff

    Oversee the selection, training, performance and motivation of staff.

  • Consult with editor

    Consult with the editor of a book, magazine, journal or other publications about expectations, requirements, and progress.

  • Build contacts to maintain news flow

    Build contacts to maintain a flow of news, for example, police and emergency services, local council, community groups, health trusts, press officers from a variety of organisations, the general public, etc.

  • Select photos

    Review sets of images, make a selection of the best work.

  • Adapt to type of media

    Adapt to different types of media such as television, movies, commercials, and others. Adapt work to type of media, scale of production, budget, genres within type of media, and others.

  • Supervise work

    Direct and supervise the day-to-day activities of subordinate personnel.

  • Consult information sources

    Consult relevant information sources to find inspiration, to educate yourself on certain topics and to acquire background information.

  • Edit negatives

    Resize, enhance and retouch negatives, using airbrushing and other techniques.

  • Develop professional network

    Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.

Optional knowledge and skills

hire new personnel follow the news apply desktop publishing techniques participate in editorial meetings create online news content motion graphics determine image composition edit digital moving images check stories perform video editing set up photographic equipment perform backups desktop publishing select photographic equipment select camera apertures manage budgets use photographic equipment search for a suitable location create editorial board maintain photographic equipment