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Photographer Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Performs photographic duties in fulfillment of clients' requests for visual representations of events, artifacts, commercial photography or various other assignments as requested. Processes photos in laboratory as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of five classifications. It is distinguished from the Photographer Senior in that photographic assignments are for the most part standardized and require less creativity.

Examples of Duties:

  • Performs custom and specialized photography in-house or on location using a variety of still cameras and other photographic equipment; determines film type, camera setting, lighting requirements and other specifications to ensure quality shooting.
  • Develops films, makes color prints, enlargements and projection slides to be used for publications, exhibits and displays.
  • Mounts slides and operates photographic equipment and slide duplicating equipment to duplicate slides and filmstrips.
  • Maintains print and negative file of photographs taken for future use/reference; maintains files on client billings.
  • Maintains inventory of various photographic supplies such as chemicals and paper; orders supplies according to departmental policies and/or budget constraints.
  • Requisitions supplies according to department policies and/or budget guidelines.
  • Oversees work of Photographer, Assistants or Photo Technicians; assigns work as needed; trains staff.
  • May operate various graphic design equipment such as cameras, graphic computers and printing and lettering equipment.
  • Consults with clients to determine needs based on end use, budget and time.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of techniques, principles and equipment of modern photography including still, motion, color, and black and white photography.
  • Knowledge of film properties and their suitability for generalized and specialized photography.
  • Knowledge of basic computer operations and software.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Associate's degree in Photography, Fine Arts, Journalism or related field AND two years photography experience; OR, Four years photography experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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