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Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

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Perform work involved in developing and processing photographic images from film or digital media. May perform precision tasks such as editing photographic negatives and prints.

    Work Activities
    • Select digital images for printing, specify number of images to be printed, and direct to printer, using computer software.
    • Create prints according to customer specifications and laboratory protocols.
    • Produce color or black-and-white photographs, negatives, or slides, applying standard photographic reproduction techniques and procedures.
    • Set or adjust machine controls, according to specifications, type of operation, or material requirements.
    • Review computer-processed digital images for quality.
    • Operate scanners or related computer equipment to digitize negatives, photographic prints, or other images.
    • Fill tanks of processing machines with solutions such as developer, dyes, stop-baths, fixers, bleaches, or washes.
    • Measure and mix chemicals to prepare solutions for processing, according to formulas.
    • Load digital images onto computers directly from cameras or from storage devices, such as flash memory cards or universal serial bus (USB) devices.
    • Operate special equipment to perform tasks such as transferring film to videotape or producing photographic enlargements.
    • Examine developed prints for defects, such as broken lines, spots, or blurs.
    • Read work orders to determine required processes, techniques, materials, or equipment.
    • Operate machines to prepare circuit boards and to expose, develop, etch, fix, wash, dry, or print film or plates.
    • Immerse film, negatives, paper, or prints in developing solutions, fixing solutions, and water to complete photographic development processes.
    • Load circuit boards, racks or rolls of film, negatives, or printing paper into processing or printing machines.
    • Insert processed negatives and prints into envelopes for delivery to customers.
    • Examine quality of film fades or dissolves for potential color corrections, using color analyzers.
    • Reprint originals for enlargement or in sections to be pieced together.
    • Clean or maintain photoprocessing or darkroom equipment, using ultrasonic equipment or cleaning and rinsing solutions.
    • Thread filmstrips through densitometers or sensitometers and expose film to light to determine density of film, necessary color corrections, or light sensitivity.
    • Monitor equipment operation to detect malfunctions.
    • Examine drawings, negatives, or photographic prints to determine coloring, shading, accenting, or other changes required for retouching or restoration.
    • Place sensitized paper in frames of projection printers, photostats, or other reproduction machines.
    • Upload digital images onto Web sites for customers.
    • Maintain records, such as quantities or types of processing completed, materials used, or customer charges.
    • Dry prints or negatives using sponges, squeegees, mechanical air dryers, or drying cabinets.
    • Produce timed prints with separate densities or color settings for each scene of a production.
    • Set automatic timers, lens openings, and printer carriages to specified focus and exposure times and start exposure to duplicate originals, photographs, or negatives.
    • Splice broken or separated film and mount film on reels.
    • Apply paint, using airbrushes, pens, artists' brushes, cotton swabs, or gloved fingers to retouch or enhance negatives or photographs.
    • Retouch photographic negatives or original prints to correct defects.
    Skills
    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Visual Color Discrimination

      The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.

    Knowledge
    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $31,110/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $14.96/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 980
    • Yearly Projected Openings 110
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Independence
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    Tools
    • Offset film processors
    • Offset darkroom equipment
    • Laboratory mixers
    • High capacity removable media drives
    • Film splicers
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Office suite software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Desktop publishing software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.