y career in the image industry spans more than 20 years and includes production, editing, retouching, sales and research. Recently in 2016, I have worked as the Senior News, Sports & Entertainment Editor EMEA for Corbis Images based in Hamburg/Germany, leading the productions, photographers and partners in Europa and abroad, and I also worked for ddp Images GmbH, were I was part of the daily photodesk.
At the end of 2016 I decided to make good use of my accumulated expertise and became a freelance picture editor and advisor, founding “Steffen Osburg – Professional Visual Content Services”.
During my career, I was responsible for every aspect that is part of the image industry, from production to sales. I started out as a photo assistant, managing and organizing all aspects of productions in studios and on-location, conducting castings and scouting locations. Quickly though, I started to work in the photo agency environment, gaining increasing knowledge of the processes of building up an archive, from analogue to going fully digital. I became familiar with archive curation, digital workflow and post production, selling and marketing of content as well as generating clients and looking after them in national and international markets.
Reviewing up to 10.000 images per day for their overall quality and technical execution, checking copyrights and release restrictions, writing IPTC metadata, and giving photographers and media partners I’ve worked with objective and concise feedback on their submissions, and help with their future coverage plans, were part of my growing expertise, as much as building up product lines through acquisition of new sources and archives. Cycling through current event coverage has been part of my daily work as much as leadership and organization of assignments, which I hand to the right sources for production.
I deem myself to be an expert in visual communication with an excellent eye and memory for quality images, following current trends and styles. I have a strong working knowledge of the vast variety of different fields in photography, with the ability to understand why different content is valuable to different brands in an ever changing and rapidly developing industry, including content curation for editorial and corporate communications. Because of my role in breaking news, I am very well experienced in working fast-paced and under pressure, while maintaining an eye for details and quality, making me a master of the overall post production process.