Photography Colorist

Apply oil colors to portrait photographs.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Photography Colorists do?

Applies oil colors to portrait photographs to produce natural, lifelike appearance, according to specifications, using cotton swabs and brushes: Dips cotton swab in photographic colors, and applies color onto face of portrait freehand. Wipes excess color from portrait to produce specified shade, using cotton swab. Applies color to shaded spots of face, cheeks, and lips, using cotton-tipped wooden stick, and rubs color to blend with color previously applied. Applies color to eyes, using camel’s hair spotting brush. May color scenic or other photographs.


Should I be a Photography Colorist?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Colorist, Photography, Photo Colorer, Photographic Colorist

    How to become a Photography Colorist

    Photography Colorists generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Photography Colorist-related education!
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