Can Anyone Become a Photo Editor

I get asked this question, or a version of it, at least once a week. And the simple answer is YES!!! Anyone, and I mean ANYone can become a Professional Photo Editor.

What Skills Does a Professional Photo Editor Need?

Many times, when people hear that I am a photo editor they envision me doing extensive retouching in Photoshop. Or spending hours manipulating a single image to get it just perfect. 

But the type of editing I do as a Professional Photo Editor, doesn’t involve advanced Photoshop or Lightroom skills. As a Photo Editor, the editing I do is fairly basic such as color correcting, adjusting exposure, straightening and cropping, etc. And it is all done right within Lightroom’s interface.

Can Anyone Become a Photo Editor

I answered this very question recently, on Instagram.

If you can figure out how to put a filter on a phone photo, or edit a photo with a phone app,  you can learn the skills needed to become a professional photo editor. It takes tenacity and practice, but it’s not difficult to learn.

And I promise you, the freedom that being a Professional Photo Editor brings to your life, makes it well worth the effort to learn! 

Shameless Plug

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be a Professional Photo Editor, head on over to my website HERE. It will tell you everything you need to know!

And if you still have questions, never hesitate to reach out. I am here to answer them! Even DM me on Instagram @alisamccormick and let’s chat! I am an open book and love to help others grow on their editing journey.

Lastly, if you’re here for the Lightroom editing tips, I have many tutorials on my You Tube Channel where you will find weekly Lightroom editing tips and shortcuts. Be sure and SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss them. And please share this with a friend who also loves to edit!

Until next time, Happy editing!


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