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Photographer Assistant Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Produces photographs for faculty, staff or other clients of photo processing services. Trains photo laboratory personnel in operation of equipment and photo processing techniques. Consults and advises patrons on services provided.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of five classifications. It is distinguished from the higher levels in that incumbents primarily perform duties related to photo processing.

Examples of Duties:

  • Evaluates work and determines processing techniques for color and black and white film; processes film using standard or specialized techniques based on quality and type of film; operates various types of photo processing equipment.
  • Confers with client to determine needs; ascertains if request is feasible and offers alternative methods to meet desired results.
  • Performs photographic copy work in order to make various types of photographic prints and slides; operates film processor, enlarger and contact printers.
  • Retouches black and white prints to ensure optimal print quality.
  • Trains personnel and/or student workers in operation of photographic laboratory equipment and photo processing.
  • Maintains photographic laboratory equipment and ensures adequate stocking of laboratory supplies.
  • Photographs or assists photographer in photographing a variety of assignments such as portraits or team pictures.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of techniques, principles and equipment of modern photography including still, motion, color and black and white photography.
  • Knowledge of film properties and their suitability for general and specialized photography.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Completion of a two year photography vocational training program and/or photo laboratory processing experience AND one year related experience; OR, Three years photography and/or photo laboratory processing experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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