Photographic Developers and Printers

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Photographic Developers and Printers

Photographic Developers and Printers edit and adjust digital images, develop photographic film, and print photographic images from digital media, negatives and positives using computer software, fully automatic equipment and by separate processes.

Fun facts

  • NA Weekly Pay Before Tax
  • 53% full-time Full-Time Share
  • 61% female Gender Share


There are many tasks done by photographic developers and printers. A few are listed below:

  • cropping images and adjusting colour, brightness and contrast
  • preparing exposed film for different processing batches in dark rooms and dark chambers
  • adjusting settings and running automatic developing equipment
  • inspecting prints and adjusting settings on print-making equipment to produce required number, size and type of prints
  • scanning images onto electronic media
  • checking and replenishing chemicals and water supply for chemical and water baths required to produce negative and positive prints
  • monitoring and testing photographic processing and printing equipment, and maintaining operational standards
  • may prepare chemical solutions for different techniques and effects
  • may develop black and white images by separate processes and operate enlargers
  • may develop motion picture film

Specific occupations

  • Photographic Developer and Printer
  • Copy Camera Operator
  • Dark Room Attendant
  • Digital Photographic Printer
  • Film Process Operator
  • Minilab Operator
  • Photographic Enlarger Operator
  • Silver Recovery Operator
  • Slide Developer