Specialty Summary: Accomplishes, processes, or supervises still, continuous, and computer generated imagery. Supports base-level, technical, contingency, reconnaissance, aerial mapping, special mission production, or combat requirements. Performs imagery tests and analysis, and certifies, monitors, and regulates imaging equipment. Captures, stores, enhances, crops, prints, or transmits images via satellite, telephone, or secure transmission systems. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 400.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Prepares photographic assignments. Acquires imagery in controlled, uncontrolled, and combat environments. Applies principles of composition. Conceives, visualizes, and produces images. Accomplishes combat documentation, investigative, record, informational, and other imagery. Obtains data and writes captions and cover stories. Selects and crops pictures for layouts and picture stories. Coordinates with pilots and aircrew on mission requirements for proper aircraft positioning. Sets up and operates stabilized camera mounts and ancillary lighting systems on aircraft.
Accomplishes photographic imaging. Coordinates with customers. Performs photographic imaging acquisition and processing of reversal, original negative, master negative, duplicate negative, digital photography, and prints. Selects, inspects, and tests camera, film, and photographic processing systems. Determines and uses cameras, films, filters, lighting, and accessory equipment. Operates, monitors, and adjusts photographic processors to ensure processing parameters are maintained. Evaluates processed imagery for physical or chemical defects, and takes corrective actions.
Operates or supervises operation of image acquisition equipment. Obtains optimum exposures using various meters, electronic flash, and exposure control methods. Uses light intensifier tubes (night vision). Operates portable satellite systems, imaging computers, and modems to transmit, receive, or store images.
Performs copy and duplication functions. Copies flat art, prints, slides, and computer generated products. Makes duplicate negatives, slides, internegatives, and positives. Uses specialized lighting and filters to control color balance.
Processes or supervises process of black and white, and color imagery. Inspects sensitized materials for physical defects; processes negative, internegative, positive, and reversal film. Monitors and adjusts processors to maintain processing parameters. Edits materials, attaches leaders, includes annotations, and titles film. Monitors photographic materials through continuous processors for proper tracking, speed, and tension. Loads and downloads materials without interrupting processing. Detects and corrects machine malfunctions. Conducts sensitometric and densitometric measurements and analyses. Constructs, interprets, and determines effects of exposure and development on emulsion density and contrast. Computes film speed, gradient exposure, and color balance.
Mixes, analyzes, and controls chemical processes. Mixes photographic processing chemicals. Safeguards against toxic, caustic, and explosive chemical hazards, or improper disposal of by-products. Measures and controls potential for (pH), specific gravity, concentration, and silver content. Calculates residual thiosulfate content of processed film and paper. Certifies photographic solutions for use, and calculates replenisher formulas and rates.
Operates or supervises operation of imagery print production equipment, including projection, optical, automated, and computer controlled printers. Determines materials, printing methods, and exposure requirements. Ensures printers are set to obtain optimum image size, sharpness, diametrical stability, correction, or rectification, density, contrast, color balance, and color saturation. Selects paper grades or types, and individual filters or filter combinations to control contrast or color balance. Exercises print control techniques using conventional or electronic means. Performs operator preventive maintenance on imagery equipment.
Performs quality assurance. Uses statistical quality assurance methods to establish and maintain imagery quality. Employs, computes, and analyzes development effects on density and contrast. Maintains process control charts to statistically evaluate data and determine causes of process variations. Ensures accuracy of automated processors.
Performs medical image recording functions. Coordinates with medical staff to perform clinical and surgical micro and macro photography using specialized photographic cameras and lighting equipment.