9474 Photographic and film processors

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Lead statement

Photographic and film processors process and finish still photographic film and motion picture film. They are employed in film processing laboratories and retail photofinishing establishments.

Example Titles

  • darkroom technician
  • film developer
  • film printing machine operator
  • film processor
  • photofinisher
  • photograph developer
  • photograph inspector – photographic processing
  • photographic processor

Main duties

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.

Employment requirements

  • 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.

Additional information

  • There is mobility among occupations within laboratory processing operations.
  • Progression is possible from automatic machine tenders in retail establishments to laboratory processing occupations.

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