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Details for Photographic Process Workers


Perform precision work involved in photographic processing, such as editing photographic negatives and prints, using photo-mechanical, chemical, or computerized methods.


  • Dry prints or negatives, using sponges and/or squeegees, mechanical air dryers, or drying cabinets.
  • Examine developed prints for defects such as broken lines, spots, and blurs.
  • Mix ink or paint solutions, according to color specifications, color charts, and desired consistencies.
  • Place sensitized paper in frames of projection printers, photostats, or other reproduction machines.
  • Evaluate film and negatives to determine characteristics such as sensitivity to light, density, and exposure time required for printing.
  • Examine drawings, negatives, or photographic prints to determine coloring, shading, accenting, and other changes required for retouching or restoration.
  • Immerse film, negatives, paper, or prints in developing solutions, fixing solutions, and water in order to complete photographic development processes.
  • Measure material to be copied, and compute percentages of enlargement or reproduction necessary, using rules, charts, or percentage scales.
  • Mix developing and fixing solutions according to established formulas.
  • Mount cameras on tripods or stands, and load prescribed types and sizes of film in cameras.
  • Mount original photographs, negatives, or other printed material in holders or vacuum frames beneath lights.
  • Place identification on film as necessary.
  • Produce color or black-and-white photographs, negatives, and slides, applying standard photographic reproduction techniques and procedures.
  • Read work orders to determine required processes, techniques, materials, and equipment.
  • Reprint originals to enlarge them, or in sections to be pieced together.
  • Select lens assemblies according to sizes and types of negatives or photographs to be printed.
  • Apply paint to retouch or enhance negatives or photographs, using airbrushes, pens, artists' brushes, cotton swabs, or gloved fingers.
  • Color photographs to produce natural, lifelike appearances, using oil colors.
  • Cut negatives and put them in order.
  • Set automatic timers, lens openings, and printer carriages to specified focus and exposure times, and start exposure in order to duplicate originals, photographs, or negatives.
  • Shade negatives or photographs with pencils to smooth facial contours, soften highlights, and conceal blemishes, stray hairs, or wrinkles.
  • Clean and organize darkrooms, and maintain darkroom equipment.
  • Correct color work prints to adjust for outdoor filming.
  • Create work prints according to customer specifications and lab protocols.
  • Cut out masking templates, using shears, and position templates on pictures to mask selected areas.
  • Expose film strips to progressively timed lights to compare effects of various exposure times.
  • Ink borders or lettering on illustrations, using pens, brushes, or drafting instruments.
  • Paint negatives with retouching mediums to ensure that retouching pencils will mark surfaces of negatives.
  • Record test data from film that has been examined, and route film to film developers and film printers for further processing.
  • Rub erasers or cloths over photographs to reduce gloss, remove debris, or prepare specified areas of illustrations for highlighting.
  • Thread film strips through densitometers, and expose film to light to determine density of film and necessary color corrections.
  • Thread film strips through sensitometers, expose film to light, and read gauges to assess light sensitivity.
  • Trim edges of prints to enhance appearance, using scissors or paper cutters.
  • Wipe excess color from portraits in order to produce specified shades, using cotton swabs.
  • Examine quality of film fades and dissolves, and evaluate potential color corrections, using color analyzers.
  • Produce timed prints with separate densities and color settings for each scene of a production.


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