Weekly, I have someone ask me if they need to be a photographer to do what I do. Or they will say, “Well, if I only knew how to use Lightroom, I would give it a try.” And I often hear, “I am too old to do what you do!”
And to all of those I respond with, “pshhhhhh!” Even though, most people think that in order to be a successful photo editor you have to be one of the following three things below, it simply isn’t true!
Dispelling the Myths
- To become a photo editor you must be a photographer. NOT true! In fact, if you have a thriving editing business, it is unlikely that you will have time to be a professional photographer.
- To become a photo editor you must be well trained in using Lightroom. Again, NOT true! You will need to learn how to use Lightroom, to become a photo editor. But it is quite simple to learn and just takes some basic classes (which you can find for free on the internet) and some practice. Anyone can learn to use Lightroom.
- Being a photo editor is for the young and hip artist-types. NOT true! I am living proof! Haha! I will be 60 on my next birthday, and I am the least “hip” person I know. There really is no ideal age for photo editors. It’s a wonderful profession for young and old alike!
Anyone can be a professional photo editor!
So there you have it. If you have thought any of these things yourself, hear me when I say, anyone can be a photo editor with practice and determination. It might take the person who is unfamiliar with the photo industry or Lightroom a little longer to really get their business going. But it is certainly not a deal-breaker! And it is well worth the effort! If you have any doubt, read this post!
If you have any questions about editing or becoming a professional photo editor DM me on Instagram @alisamccormick And check out these resources to learn more as well.
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