Photographic Technician

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Photographic technicians process images for output either as photographic prints or on other media, such as posters, banners or t-shirts. In large companies photographic technicians usually specialise in film processing (developing and printing the film), digital scanning and manipulation of images, or print finishing (laminating and mounting the prints for display).

The Work

You could be:

As most photo images are now digital, there are fewer jobs in film processing.


The figures below are only a guide. Salaries may vary, depending on:

Salaries for working in retail organisations, such as supermarkets, tend to be based on the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage. As of 1 April 2019 the National Minimum Wage is £6.15 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £7.70 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24. The National Living Wage is £8.21 for workers aged 25 and over.

Starting salaries for specialist photographic technicians, working in labs, in the UK tend to be in the range of £14,000 to £18,000 a year. With more experience, salaries can rise to £30,000 a year and above.

Some photographic technicians run their own business. They charge a fee for processing films. They often sell photographic materials to help increase their income.


Getting In

You might work for a high street photographic shop, a supermarket with photo processing department or a specialist company.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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What Does it Take?

You should have:


Getting On

More Information

The widespread use of digital cameras is likely to reduce further the amount of traditional film processing in the future.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Tel: 020 7713 9800
Twitter: @UKScreenSkills

ScreenSkills (formerly Creative Skillset) works with the UK’s screen-based creative media industries to develop skills and talent from classroom to boardroom.

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