Employers place a strong emphasis on essential skills in the workplace. Essential skills are used in nearly every occupation, and are seen as 'building blocks' because people build on them to learn all other skills.
Each profile contains a list of example tasks that illustrate how each of the 9 essential skill is generally performed by the majority of workers in an occupation. The estimated complexity levels for each task, between 1 (basic) and 5 (advanced), may vary based on the requirements of the workplace.
Photographic and film processors process and finish still photographic film and motion picture film. They are employed in film processing laboratories and retail photofinishing establishments.
- Machines may malfunction, such as a jammed film-processing machine, a power failure or a filter in a slide duplicator that has been offset. Photographic and film processors determine whether they can fix these problems. (1)
- Occasionally, prints do not fit into a certain frame. Photographic and film processors decide how to make it fit or contact the customer. (2)
- A miscalculation may cause a print to come out with the wrong colours. Photographic and film processors determine how to improve the colour. (2)
- Photographic and film processors resolve problems with customers who may not be satisfied with services or photographs. They may re-do the job, give the customer a discount on other services, reduce the price or give a refund to the customer for the work done. (2)
- Film-processing solutions may have chemical imbalances. Photographic and film processors determine whether the solutions can be corrected. (2)
- Decide which method of photo-finishing to use, so that the customer's wait is minimal and the company's resources are used efficiently. (1)
- Decide if the colour and density of dye are correct, by checking visually or checking against a reference print. (1)
- Choose the chemicals, type of paper, filter and developing times which will yield the desired results. (2)
- Decide whether the quality of prints is satisfactory. (2)
- Make superimposing, lightening and darkening decisions to complement photos, based on customer requests and cost considerations. (2)
Critical Thinking information was not collected for this profile.
Job Task Planning and Organizing
Photographic and film processors determine the order of their tasks, based on due dates, the need to serve customers and ordering tasks for greater efficiency. Their work may be co-ordinated with others and they may receive some direction from supervisors about the importance of various tasks. They may handle multiple tasks simultaneously, such as when they work alone in a store and must balance customer service and film-processing tasks. Interruptions depend on the job site. For example, if one-hour prints are accepted, these must be accommodated, throughout the day. (3)
Significant Use of Memory
- Remember the location of all utensils and solutions before turning off the lights in the darkroom.
- Remember which lens is used for which job.
- Recall how to mix chemicals and how to perform chemistry tests.
- Memorize procedures to start the developing equipment.
- Contact customers directly, to clarify information about an order. (1)
- Contact suppliers to find out information about new products. (1)
- Refer to manuals for information on how to service machines. (2)
- When having problems processing a film, look in manufacturers' publications for suggestions to correct the problem. If problems persist, they may call manufacturer service representatives for information. (2)
- Obtain information about how to perform a particular task most efficiently by reading manuals, trade magazines and other literature about photography and computer technology or talking with others in the industry. (2)
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Working with Others
Photographic and film processors mainly work independently. They may sometimes work alone. They may have a helper. In larger work sites, they may be part of a team working together to satisfy customers.
Photographic and film processors have an ongoing need to learn. To keep current with the latest technologies, they may read periodicals and industry and trade magazines, published for the computer and photographic industries. Some attend seminars or upgrading sessions, at colleges or sponsored by manufacturers, on such topics as new techniques in processing or quality control or new products and equipment.