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Class Code: 204H
Category: Information Services


Coordinates and administers the operation of a photographic service.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Plans, coordinates and administers the delivery of photographic production services. Provides photographic consultation service to clients; supervises photography support personnel.

Typical Work

With delegated authority, interviews and recommends selection of applicants, trains new employees, acts upon leave requests, conducts annual performance evaluations and recommends disciplinary action;

Edits, enhances, retouches, and resizes digital images using specialized software and digital image processing computer workstations;

Produces color managed digital images from film and digital sources suitable for pre-press and exhibition purposes;

Uses digital SLR cameras (high resolution) for capturing photographic images; 

Develops and implements policies and procedures for operation of unit; develops recommendations for operating budget and price structure;

Consults with staff and clients and determines best utilization of photographic equipment and techniques to meet their service and production needs; consults with other media personnel regarding photographic or multi-media presentations;

Assesses the need for and recommends the purchase of photographic equipment; maintains equipment inventory; maintains equipment security; maintains quality control in a photographic lab;

Coordinates equipment maintenance;

Performs duties of Photographer 2;

Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  operation, adjustment, and maintenance of press, commercial view, miniature, portrait, motion picture, and other professional cameras; operation of digital SLR cameras; operation of various equipment such as film negative scanners, high resolution flatbed scanners, and digital card readers; methods and techniques to use in obtaining well-composed, clear photographs; properties, characteristics, uses, and processing of photographic materials; light, lenses, and photographic optics; types of developers and chemical solutions most effective on various types of film and paper.

Ability to:  plan, compose, and produce still photographs and motion pictures with news, public relations, instructional, and evidential value; develop negatives; edit, enhance, retouch, and resize digital images using specialized software and digital image processing computer workstations; produce color managed, digital images from film and digital sources for pre-press and exhibition purposes; make contact and protection prints; meet and work with public; supervise staff.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Four years of college-level training in photography, instructional media or communications


three years of experience in instructional media or photography or as a Photographer 2, or equivalent additional qualifying experience may substitute for educational requirements on a year-for-year basis.

Class Specification History

New Class: 1-3-73
Revise Class: 11-14-74
Revise Class/Title: 9-23-85
General revision. Revises title (formerly Photography Supervisor), class code (formerly 3790), typical work, minimum qualifications; adds knowledge and abilities; effective July 1, 2007.