Posted by: 6x6pix | September 13, 2010

The Role of the Picture Editor

There was an interesting guest post on Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider blog recently: John Loengard, a former staff photographer for LIFE magazine and former Picture Editor for LIFE, LIFE Special Reports, and People, talks about the role of the Picture Editor.

Before I became a picture editor, I assumed that “good photographers” took “good pictures” because they had a special eye. What I found was that good photographers take good pictures because they take great pains to have good subjects in front of their cameras. (Reflect a moment on what cameras do, and this makes sense.) Good photographers anticipate their pictures. What good picture editors do is help them.


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