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    Hi all,
    I am responding to a job post - production company looking for a photo editor -and have a couple of sample photos to work on. The requirements are to use your own judgement and creativity. So not quite sure what level they're looking for. Are retouching and photo editing synonymous? Any help appreciated.
    Last edited by SandiG; 06-17-2009, 05:27 PM.

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    Re: Photo editing vs retouching

    hi

    i might be wrong but i had the impression that photo editing, sometimes image editing, tends to be more basic. for instance, clean up and color corrections. not a whole lot of retouching beyond the very basic..... but is it not worth maybe asking the client a bit more of what they want?

    but like i said, i might be wrong so dont let me mess it up for ya

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    • #3
      Re: Photo editing vs retouching

      Thanks for the info Camilla. The client is looking for someone that has a similar creative eye as he has, but doesn't want to give any information as to what that is. He wants personal judgement used. So I guess that's what I'll do and hope for the best.

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      • #4
        Re: Photo editing vs retouching

        I thought it was the same thing...

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        • #5
          Re: Photo editing vs retouching

          I also was thinking its the same thing.

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          • #6
            Re: Photo editing vs retouching

            I think the difference could be between photo-editing/retouching and photo-manipulation. Photo-manipulation instantly draws the idea of changing the essence of the picture because the word "manipulation".

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            • #7
              Re: Photo editing vs retouching

              Where I work (publisher) a photo editor is a person who picks the images used for projects. Not a retoucher, color or imaging specialist.

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              • #8
                Re: Photo editing vs retouching

                I believe photo editing also includes cropping the photo to best show the subject, create interest in the photo or eliminate distractions.

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                • #9
                  Re: Photo editing vs retouching

                  Originally posted by SandiG View Post
                  Hi all,
                  I am responding to a job post - production company looking for a photo editor -and have a couple of sample photos to work on. The requirements are to use your own judgement and creativity. So not quite sure what level they're looking for. Are retouching and photo editing synonymous? Any help appreciated.
                  What SilvaFox said. I think the person who posted the ad didn't know what he/she was talking about or he/she used the term editor so the company doesn't have to pay the salary of a retoucher. I've worked years closely with photo editors in the stock photography industry. A photo editor is a person that selects and rejects images submitted by the photographers. He/she interacts with photographers and tell them what to shoot that reflects the current trends, so their stuff sells. Photo editors often on-site during a shoot to provide artistic direction. They don't color correct and they don't retouch. Most of them aren't familiar with Photoshop.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Photo editing vs retouching

                    You guys have confirmed that my confusion is justified. If the client was not meaning retouching and just editing, he wouldn't have just sent a couple, with the expectations of something creative. So, I've finished them and am ready to submit. I retouched them, but didn't get too extreme. I'll let everyone know what the response is. Thanks for the input.

                    Sandi

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                    • #11
                      Re: Photo editing vs retouching

                      Originally posted by SandiG View Post
                      Hi all,
                      I am responding to a job post - production company looking for a photo editor -and have a couple of sample photos to work on. The requirements are to use your own judgement and creativity. So not quite sure what level they're looking for. Are retouching and photo editing synonymous? Any help appreciated.
                      Check their website if they have one and seefor your self what he usually does.

                      If there's no information like that for u, then do the BEST u can.

                      good luck!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Photo editing vs retouching

                        Originally posted by Steve13 View Post
                        I believe photo editing also includes cropping the photo to best show the subject, create interest in the photo or eliminate distractions.
                        From beginning to end, nobody crops images. That's the art director's job, and it's usually done in InDesign.

                        If anything, art directors are always looking to add or extend images to fill page sizes.

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