The Art of Photo Editing with Brad Smith

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May 11, 13, 18, & 20, 2021 8pm-10pm EST (Four 2-hour sessions)

In this workshop, we will dive into what defines a photo editor and what they actually do. We will discuss what that entails and where it can be applied. Either as a career option, to see your own photography in a different light, or to get a better understanding of how photo editors think.

Photography offers so many opportunities, and most of them don’t involve actually taking the photographs. Also, we will have guest speakers from the photo industry joining us and sharing their expertise and experience. Let’s explore together how we can grow your visual strength.

In addition to Brad’s expertise, this workshop will also have a stellar lineup of talented and accomplished guest speakers:

Jose Lopez & Melissa Lyttle– The relationship between photographer and editor.     

Gabriel Sanchez (NY Times)- Fighting for your image.  

Steve Luciano (Associated Press) – Archiving and cataloging  

David Barreda (National Geographic) – The selection process   


Schedule (Three 2-hour sessions)

May 11, 2021 8pm ET: What is a Photo Editor? 

What are the required skills? What are their responsibilities? Defining what Photo Editors do. The difference between Photo Editing and Photo Research. 

Choosing the right photographer: How to choose the right photographer. How to convey your visual objective. How to build on that relationship.

May 13, 2021 8pm ET: The selection process: How to break down an entire take and decide what stays and what goes. How to edit for the need in front of you, while also pulling images for alternative usage and for stock. 

May 18, 2021 8pm ET: How to fight for an image: How to make a case for certain images. Not only what to say, and how to say it, but also when it would be appropriate.

Archiving the photographs: How to archive, from a librarians perspective. How to use keywords. In discussing the benefits of archiving, we’ll show historical examples of the importance of proper cataloging.

May 20, 2021. 8pm ET: Where to find work. What are the next steps that can lead to work? What are your options? What should you emphasize in order to achieve your goals?

Roundtable discussion: We’ll answer all your questions that we didn’t discuss earlier, explore whatever topics you feel are most important. We’ll go over as a group your submitted (optional) images and discuss them from an editor’s point of view. 

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