9474 Photographic and film processors
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Lead statementPhotographic and film processors process and finish still photographic film and motion picture film. They are employed in film processing laboratories and retail photofinishing establishments.
- darkroom technician
- film developer
- film printing machine operator
- film processor
- photograph developer
- photograph inspector – photographic processing
- photographic processor
Photographic and film processors perform some or all of the following duties:
- Operate equipment to develop negatives and slides, and to print black and white and colour photographs
- Operate photographic enlarging equipment to produce prints and enlargements from negatives
- Operate equipment to develop motion picture film
- Tend automatic equipment in retail establishments to develop colour negatives, prints and slides
- Operate equipment to transfer film to video tape
- Retouch photographic negatives or original prints to correct defects
- Splice film and mount film on reels
- Measure and mix chemicals required for processing
- Inspect rolls of photographic prints for conformance to specifications; or motion picture film to detect defects in developing and printing.
- Completion of secondary school is usually required.
- For employment in film processing laboratories, completion of a college or other specialized photography program
or Extensive related experience is required.
- For employment as a film printing machine operator in retail outlets, on-the-job training is provided.
- There is mobility among occupations within laboratory processing operations.
- Progression is possible from automatic machine tenders in retail establishments to laboratory processing occupations.