A digital imaging specialist is primarily responsible for creating quality digital images from photos, film, or digital media files provided by clients. If files are provided in hard-copy format, the specialist must scan and convert the images into an electronic format. Once the images are digitized, he/she will crop, resize, and rotate them as necessary, and retouch them in photo-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, or Corel PaintShop. Retouching general images can include adjustments such as background removal, color adjustment, shadow adjustment, contrast adjustment, healing, and sharpening. Digital imaging specialists may also be responsible for printing or cataloging their finished work.
Depending on the particular industry, digital imaging specialists typically work in an office environment with other image specialists, photographers, film technicians, printers, and sometimes even technical writers. Industries include graphic design, publishing, education, advertising, archives, and general multimedia consulting. Digital imaging specialists who work as consultants or contractors often must provide their own computers and peripheral hardware.
While formal education is not required, a degree in Film, Graphics or Computer Science will not only help secure a position, but also increase the starting salary. Digital media specialists should have excellent computer skills, experience with image editing software, strong attention to detail, and an eye for graphic composition.
Digital Imaging Specialist Tasks
Interpret specifications and guidelines to create images that meet organizational standards.
Manipulate and use software to crop, alter, and retouch images.
Edit, retouch, optimize, and improve digital images for optimal presentation on the web or in print.
Enter data and track photos and metadata.