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What to look for in a photo editor

Choosing the right photo editor can make or break the final outcome of your images. It is vital to select an editor who is proficient, efficient and understands your style. Here are some factors you should consider while making your choice.

A Keen Eye

Always look for an editor that can mimic your style or brand. This is crucial in maintaining consistency across all your images. Ideally, no one should be able to tell the difference between images you edit and images your editor did. An exceptional photo editor will understand your vision and be able to replicate your style seamlessly.

Proficient in Lightroom

Your editor should have an extensive understanding of Lightroom. Their edits should include basic corrections for exposure, tone, white balance (WB), shadows, and contrast, at a minimum. A proficient editor will know how to enhance your photos without compromising their originality and essence.

Cropping + Straightening

Look for an editor that is willing to crop and straighten your images as part of their editing workflow. These are basic tasks, but they can significantly improve the overall appearance and composition of your photos.

Applying a Preset or Profile to Your Images

If you apply a preset or a profile to your photos, your editor should be willing to do that as well. This will ensure a uniform look and feel across all your images, which is especially important if you’re building a portfolio or a brand.

A Quick Turn-Around Time

Timeliness is a key quality in a good photo editor. Look for an editor that can deliver your galleries back to you in a timely manner. The industry standard is a 3-10 day turn-around-time, but this could vary depending on the amount of work involved.

A Seamless File Exchange System

Find an editor that has a working understanding of exchanging files or galleries back-and-forth. They should also have a system in place to accomplish that quickly and easily. This will ensure a smooth workflow and prevent unnecessary delays.


Absolutely look for an editor that values your input. A great editor should be open to constructive criticism and willing to make necessary adjustments. An editor that cannot take constructive critique is in the wrong profession. Remember, it’s your vision they are bringing to life.


After doing your research, and finding an editor you think you would like to work with, insist on a free trial run. It should be part of the vetting process for you both. You need to make sure you’re a good fit for one another before you start working together. Doing a trial run, will help ensure it is going to be a successful working relationship!

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Until next time, Happy Editing! 

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