The military uses photographs for many purposes, such as intelligence gathering and news reporting.
operate photographic laboratories to develop the numerous photos taken by the military.
Photographic specialists take
and develop still color or black and white photographs.
What They Do
Photographic specialists in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
- Select camera, film, and other equipment needed for assignments
- Determine camera angles, lighting, and any special effects needed
- Take still photos of people, events, military equipment, land areas, and other subjects
- Develop, duplicate, or retouch film negatives, photos, or slides
- Maintain photographic equipment
- Transmit images via satellite, computer networks, telephone, or secure transmission systems
Helpful school subjects include photography, chemistry, art, and mathematics.
Helpful attributes include:
- Ability to recognize and arrange interesting photo subjects
- Accuracy and attention to detail
Job training consists of classroom instruction, including practice in taking and developing photographs. Length of
training varies depending on the specialty. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course
content typically includes:
- Photographic processing and reproduction
- Principles of photojournalism
- Operation and maintenance of photographic equipment
Photographic specialists work both indoors and outdoors while photographing their subjects. They may take photos from
aircraft or ships.
They process photographs in photographic laboratories on bases or aboard ships.
Civilian photographic specialists work for photography studios, newspapers, magazines, advertising agencies, commercial
photograph developers, and large businesses.
They perform duties similar to military specialists.
Depending on the
specialty, they may be known as photojournalists, aerial or still photographers, film developers, automatic print
developers, or print controllers.