Photo Technician Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
Operates photography laboratory equipment in order to process
various types of film. Makes prints, slides and transparencies from
negatives. Maintains photography laboratory facility, inventory and
equipment. This is first in a series of five classifications.
distinguished from Photographers in that Photo Technicians are not
involved in photography, but work mainly in the darkroom. Incumbents
in this classification may be required to work within stringent time
constraints for completion of rush orders.
Examples of Duties:
- Develops various types of film using a variety of laboratory
equipment; determines development process required dependent on
- Prints enlargements, contact prints, and transparencies;
copies photographic composites for client usage in journals,
exhibits, displays and educational purposes.
- Maintains chemical levels and solution integrity for
automatic processors and hand development systems.
- Performs filter and time analysis while creating cibachrome
prints using different film and paper types.
- Shoots slides from original prints; mounts and labels
- Maintains files of slides and negatives; ensures appropriate
storage conditions are met.
- Maintains records of work performed.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of various film developing techniques.
- Skill in developing, printing, enlarging, reducing and
retouching photographic prints.
Completion of a photography vocational training program; OR, Six
months photographic laboratory experience; OR, Any equivalent
combination of experience and/or education from which comparable
knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
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