Performs work involved in developing and processing photographic images from film or digital media. May perform precision tasks such as editing photographic negatives and prints.
This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Printing Technology pathway.
A person in this career:
- Selects digital images for printing, specify number of images to be printed, and directs to printer, using computer software.
- Creates prints according to customer specifications and laboratory protocols.
- Produces color or black-and-white photographs, negatives, or slides, applying standard photographic reproduction techniques and procedures.
- Sets or adjusts machine controls, according to specifications, type of operation, or material requirements.
- Reviews computer-processed digital images for quality.
- Operates scanners or related computer equipment to digitize negatives, photographic prints, or other images.
- Fills tanks of processing machines with solutions such as developer, dyes, stop-baths, fixers, bleaches, or washes.
- Measures and mixes chemicals to prepare solutions for processing, according to formulas.
- Loads digital images onto computers directly from cameras or from storage devices, such as flash memory cards or universal serial bus (USB) devices.
- Operates special equipment to perform tasks such as transferring film to videotape or producing photographic enlargements.