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 Visual Arts pathway.
A person in this career:
- Creates prints according to customer specifications and laboratory protocols.
- Examines developed prints for defects, such as broken lines, spots, or blurs.
- Fills tanks of processing machines with solutions such as developer, dyes, stop-baths, fixers, bleaches, or washes.
- Immerses film, negatives, paper, or prints in developing solutions, fixing solutions, and water to complete photographic development processes.
- Inserts processed negatives and prints into envelopes for delivery to customers.
- Loads circuit boards, racks or rolls of film, negatives, or printing paper into processing or printing machines.
- Loads digital images onto computers directly from cameras or from storage devices, such as flash memory cards or universal serial bus (USB) devices.
- Maintains records, such as quantities or types of processing completed, materials used, or customer charges.
- Measures and mixes chemicals to prepare solutions for processing, according to formulas.
- Monitors equipment operation to detect malfunctions.