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Career Details :: Camera Operators
Operate process camera and related darkroom equipment to photograph and develop negatives of material to be printed.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Immerses film in series of chemical baths to develop images and hangs film on rack to dry.
- Feeds film into automatic film processor that develops, fixes, washes, and dries film.
- Exposes high-contrast film for predetermined exposure time.
- Adjusts camera settings, lights, and lens.
- Selects and installs screens and filters in camera to produce desired effects.
- Measures density of continuous tone images to be photographed to set exposure time for halftone images.
- Mounts material to be photographed on copyboard of camera.
- Performs exposure tests to determine line, halftone, and color reproduction exposure lengths for various photographic factors.
- Measures original layouts and determines proportions needed to make reduced or enlarged photographic prints for pasteup.
General Work Activities
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
Frequent Work Context
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Objective or Subjective Information
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls