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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9474 Occupation: Photographic and film processors
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
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. 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.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2 3
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2


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Reading
  • Read notes in logbooks indicating prints previously developed and the conditions and chemical mixes used in developing them. (1)
  • Read photography and trade magazines, to stay current with new trends in film and photographic processing techniques. (2)
  • Read internal memos on topics such as new procedures, materials or promotions. (2)
  • Refer to several equipment manuals for repairing photofinishing equipment. (3)
  • Refer to photofinishing process manuals to determine the temperature, chemical mix and timing for photofinishing processes and for tips to avoid common problems. (3)
  • Refer to Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) information and Material Data Sheets provided by suppliers, which provide safety information, emergency procedures and information on the storage of photofinishing chemicals. (3)
  • Use computer software manuals to find out about software operations, when retouching or restoring photographs. (3)
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Writing
  • Keep records of procedures used in special orders, such as colour balancing and chemistry mixes. (1)
  • Write reminders, particularly to co-workers on the next shift. (1)
  • Make notes in logbooks to record information about particular orders, such as the quality of the prints, the conditions and chemicals used in development and any unexpected or unusual results. (1)
  • Complete order envelopes or forms which record customers' names, addresses, the size and quantity of prints requested and any special instructions. (1)
  • Produce itemized reports for work done for commercial accounts. (2)
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Document Use
  • Read icons, menus and instructions on computer screens. (1)
  • Keep a daily production record, noting the number of prints and processing rates charged. For example, the number of prints processed at the "one hour" rate. (1)
  • Identify film type, usually in numeric code. (1)
  • Read order forms or envelopes, which record customer requests for size, quantity, matting, frames, reprints and other special instructions. These consist mostly of boxes to be checked off. (2)
  • Complete sales receipts, invoices and packing slips. (2)
  • Read tables summarizing temperature, timing and mixing requirements for various chemicals. (2)
  • Read instruction charts or operation panels on machines. (2)
  • Read timetables, indicating when film processing and enlargements must be done. (2)
  • Read and may create price lists. (2)
  • Read labels on chemicals to ensure safe use. (2)
  • Read and interpret process control charts to plot information onto them. (3)
  • Read schematics and exploded diagrams in equipment manuals. (3)
  • Use imaging histograms on the computer to determine colour gradients on photographic images. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer-controlled equipment. For example, operate automated film processing machines. (1)
  • Use bookkeeping, billing and accounting software. For example, enter account status information for various customers into a bookkeeping program. (2)
  • Use graphics software. For example, manipulate shapes and foreground images when restoring photographs. Use computers to do digital photographic restorations. (3)
  • Use a scanner to scan an old photo and use software to enhance the image. The new image is used to develop a negative, which in turn is used to develop a new print. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Interact with customers to take orders and determine their requirements and preferences. Describe processing procedures and give information on rates and products. (1)
  • Interact with co-workers and supervisors to exchange information about orders and discuss customer preferences and film developing procedures. (1)
  • Talk with suppliers to order supplies and to check back orders. (1)
  • Communicate with suppliers to discuss machine repairs, the performance of various products and new advances. (2)
  • Instruct customers on how to use their cameras. (2)
  • Participate in staff meetings to discuss orders, ways to improve service delivery and efficiency. (2)
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Money Math
  • Handle cash, cheques, credit card slips and use a cash register to receive payment and make change. (1)
  • Calculate taxes and prices to prepare a customer's invoice. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Monitor inventory figures to track items being used, such as photographic paper. (1)
  • Determine the amount of developing chemicals to order for the next month. (2)
  • Monitor prices on chemicals and equipment to find the best value, taking into account time and travel costs. (3)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure the pH level of photographic chemicals by placing a strip of litmus paper in a sample and checking the colour change against manufacturer's recommendations. (1)
  • Measure and weigh chemicals to create photofinishing solutions. (1)
  • Measure the temperature of chemical solutions to ensure they are right for the photofinishing process. (1)
  • Measure the length and width of the negative and multiply the size by a percentage to obtain the size of the enlargement. (2)
  • Measure the density of colour in particular areas of a photographic image using computer software. (2)
  • Scale pictures on computer screens using software systems. This may include translating old photographs in unconventional sizes to new sizes requested by customers. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Plot densitometer readings on a graph in order to balance or correct colour saturation in slides and photographs. (1)
  • Using numerical values of colour tones, calculate the average tone value for a particular area of a photograph to select the correct replacement tone. (2)
  • Monitor chemicals' concentration and specific gravity to maintain an efficient process. This involves conducting daily and weekly tests, plotting the results on a graph and intervening if the values fall outside of the "acceptable" range. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the time and cost of particular retouching jobs. (2)
  • Estimate the time needed to develop particular negatives, considering such factors as water and chemical temperatures. (2)
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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)
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Decision Making
  • Decide if the colour and density of dye are correct, by checking visually or checking against a reference print. (1)
  • 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)
  • Choose the chemicals, type of paper, filter and developing times which will yield the desired results. (2)
  • Make superimposing, lightening and darkening decisions to complement photos, based on customer requests and cost considerations. (2)
  • Decide whether the quality of prints is satisfactory. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • A machine malfunction has occurred, such as a jammed film processing machine, a power failure or a filter in a slide duplicator that has been offset. Determine whether the problem can be fixed without assistance or call in a supervisor as necessary. (1)
  • A miscalculation has caused a print to come out with the wrong colours. Determine how to improve the colour. (2)
  • The film processing solutions have chemical imbalances. Determine whether the solutions can be corrected. (2)
  • A customer is not satisfied with services or photographs. It may be necessary to 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)
  • Prints do not fit into a certain frame. Decide how to make it fit or contact the customer. (2)
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Finding Information
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • When having problems processing a film, look in manufacturers' publications for suggestions to correct the problem. If problems persist, you may call manufacturer service representatives for information. (2)
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