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

Knowledge

  • 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.

Skills

  • 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.

  • Handle chemicals

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

  • Remove film negatives from processing machine

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

  • Store negatives

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

  • 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.

  • Develop film

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

  • Remove photographic film from camera

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

  • 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.

  • Identify customer's needs

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

  • Cut photographic film

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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