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Photographic and film processors

National Occupation Code (NOC): 9474

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.

Job Duties for Photographic and film processors

  • Operate equipment to develop negatives and slides, and to print black and white and colour photographs
  • Operate photographic enlarging equipment to produce prints and enlargements from negatives
  • Operate equipment to develop motion picture film
  • Tend automatic equipment in retail establishments to develop colour negatives, prints and slides
  • Operate equipment to transfer film to video tape
  • Retouch photographic negatives or original prints to correct defects
  • Splice film and mount film on reels
  • Measure and mix chemicals required for processing
  • Inspect rolls of photographic prints for conformance to specifications; or motion picture film to detect defects in developing and printing.

Working Conditions for Photographic and film processors

Work is performed in film darkrooms, processing laboratories, and retail photofinishing establishments. Safety measures are usually in place due to exposure to film development chemicals.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Chemical Mixer - Photographic Processing
  • Colour Film Analyzer - Photographic Processing
  • Copy Camera Operator - Photographic Processing
  • Darkroom Technician
  • Darkroom Technician - Photographic Processing
  • Developer-printer Machine Tender
  • Developing Machine Operator - Photographic Processing
  • Enlarger Operator - Photographic Processing
  • Film Developer
  • Film Printing Machine Operator
  • Film Processing Technician
  • Film Processor
  • Film Splicer - Photographic Processing
  • Film-developing Machine Tender
  • Film-printing Machine Tender
  • Film-processing Machine Operator
  • Motion Picture Film Developer
  • Motion Picture Film Examiner - Photographic Processing
  • Motion Picture Film Printer
  • Negative Cutter - Film Processing
  • Negative Restorer - Photographic Processing
  • Negative Retoucher
  • Negative Spotter - Film Processing
  • Negative-contact-frame Operator
  • Photo Developer
  • Photo Developer-printer
  • Photo Developing Inspector
  • Photo Lab Technician
  • Photo Processor
  • Photo Technician
  • Photofinisher
  • Photograph Developer
  • Photograph Developing Inspector
  • Photograph Enlarger
  • Photograph Inspector - Photographic Processing
  • Photograph Mounter
  • Photographic And Film-processing Machine Operator
  • Photographic Enlarger Operator
  • Photographic Film Printer
  • Photographic Film Processor
  • Photographic Printer
  • Photographic Processor
  • Photographic-film-processing Machine Operator
  • Photographic-processing Machine Operator
  • Picture Enlarger - Photographic Processing
  • Print Developer
  • Print Finisher - Photographic Processing
  • Print Inspector - Photographic Processing
  • Print Retoucher - Photographic Processing
  • Print Tender - Photographic Processing
  • Quick Print Machine Tender - Photographic Processing
  • Slide Maker - Photographic Processing
  • X-ray Film Developer
  • X-ray Plate Developer
  • Darkroom Technician
  • Film Developer
  • Film Printing Machine Operator
  • Film Processor
  • Photofinisher
  • Photograph Developer
  • Photograph Inspector - Photographic Processing
  • Photographic Processor