Oregon Public Universities


Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 2546


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The PHOTOGRAPHER 1 takes color and black and white still and motion pictures, processes film and makes slides for use in instructional, informational, technical, medical, or publicity programs.


This is the first level of a two-level series. It is distinguished from the higher level by the absence of involvement in performing photographic or film processing work requiring advanced technical photography techniques. Employees at this level also have less independence in determining the photography methods and techniques for carrying out work assignments.


  1. Photography. Typical tasks: sets up items to be photographed; sets up equipment used for lighting; selects correct film, lighting, and exposure; photographs objects used as visual aids for instructional purposes; photographs on location scenes and activities using 35mm still, 16mm silent or sound motion picture or video recording cameras; photographs persons, specimens and microscopic tissue for use in teaching or for medical purposes; takes pictures to illustrate functions of state agencies for use in news releases, publications, agency news letters, or as teaching aids.
  2. Darkroom Work. Typical tasks: mixes and prepares chemicals; processes black and white and color film by loading film into developing reel and determining correct temperature and processing time depending on film used, type of negative wanted and what was photographed; makes slides and paper prints from negatives; duplicates color slides, assuring filtering is correct so color hue can be accurately duplicated; monitors quality control of all chemicals and film processes.
  3. Photographic Services. Typical tasks: make enlargements of prints; mounts pictures for display or publication; operates electronic editing equipment to edit video or motion picture film for appropriate film sequence.
  4. Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: cleans cameras, film processors, print processors, and enlargers; makes minor repairs to equipment such as replacing lamps in projectors and enlargers and replacing glass plates in copy units; orders supplies; takes requests for photography services; maintains files of slides and prints and remounts slides as necessary.


Employees in this class have daily in person contact with patients, feature subjects or other people to take still or motion pictures and with public relations or other agency staff to arrange or discuss photography services. Some employees in this class have occasional telephone contact with vendors to order supplies.


Employees in this class work under the general supervision of a photography supervisor or other administrative supervisor. Work is reviewed upon completion for accuracy and quality. Guidelines are available in the form of professional manuals, Federal copyright laws and agency policies and procedures regarding photography services.


Supervision is not a responsibility of this class.


  • Two years of photographic and film processing experience: OR  
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience.