Profession photographic developer

Photographic developers use chemicals, instruments, and darkroom photographic techniques in specialised rooms in order to develop photographic films into visible images.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic


  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.

  • Photographic processing techniques

    The different techniques to develop photographic film such as chromogenic positive, Kodachrome and autotype.

  • Post-processing of photographs

    The characteristics of software and techniques used in post-processing photographs.


  • Cut photographic film

    Cut the photographic film into negatives, each negative representing one photograph or shot.

  • Mount photographic film in processing machine

    Mount the film in the guide slot of the processing machine, pull lever to drop film into processing position.

  • Remove film negatives from processing machine

    Remove the developed photographic film, now negatives, from the machine and roll them onto a spool.

  • Identify customer's needs

    Use appropriate questions and active listening in order to identify customer expectations, desires and requirements according to product and services.

  • Store negatives

    Place the cut photographic film (negatives) into protective sleeves and store them properly.

  • Handle chemicals

    Safely handle industrial chemicals; use them efficiently and ensure that no harm is done to the environment.

  • Apply safety procedures in laboratory

    Make sure that laboratory equipment is used in a safe manner and the handling of samples and specimens is correct. Work to ensure the validity of results obtained in research.

  • Remove photographic film from camera

    Remove the film from its holder in a lightproof room, or darkroom, to prevent light exposure.

  • Enlarge negatives

    Place negatives under an enlarger so they can be printed on photographic paper.

  • Monitor film development baths

    Place the photographic film in chemical baths with e.g. citric acid and ammonium thiosulfate, monitor temperature and treatment time.

  • Develop film

    Prepare tools and developing and printing equipment. Develop and print exposed film using chemicals.

Optional knowledge and skills

rinse photographic film edit negatives repair photographic film supply machine manage offset printing process edit photographs chemistry test film processing machines scan negatives manage stocked company material calibrate laboratory equipment clean negatives mix chemicals prepare offset printing machine soak film in water test chemicals in development baths monitor automated machines dry photographic film

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