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OFFSET PHOTOGRAPHER

Essential Competencies

ENTRY LEVEL

Description: Assists journeyman offset photographer in producing line, continuous tone, halftone, combination of continuous tone, line and halftones in the production of photo drawing, construc-tion and other visual photographic data.

I. Technical

A. Operation of photographic, copy, and projection cameras
B. Selection of appropriate film filters and screens
C. Technical printing practices (precise, theoretical & artistic)
D. Interpretation of instruction/specification
E. Maintenance of photographic equipment and automatic film processors
F. Quality Control

II. Inter/Intra-Personal Skills

A. Team Skills

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Familiarity with precision, copy or projection cameras

Familiarity with general photography equipment (variety of camera lenses and capabilities)

Familiarity with purpose and function of filters in general photography

Knowledge in selecting a lens of various focal lengths and aperture settings

Knowledge in using various filters to enhance weak images or to filter out differing positions of the light spectrum

Knowledge, skills and abilities to use tint and halftone screens in positive and negative imagery for photo drawing reproduction

Knowledge and skill to select various photographic film type for photo drawing application and continuous tone printing

Skills and abilities of composite overlay printing projection with pin registration and composite printing contact with pin registrations

Ability to interpret instruction and specification

Skill in performing general maintenance and cleaning on an automatic film processor, process cameras, and blow back cameras

Knowledge and ability to use linear measurement scale, percentage calculator, and proportional scales

Knowledge of regular photography

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL

Description: Performs photographic duties to produce line, continuous tone, halftone, combination of continuous tone, line and halftones in the production of photo drawing, construction and other visual photographic data. Requires supervision only with unusual work situations/problems.

I. Technical

A. Operation of photographic, copy, and projection cameras
B. Selection of appropriate film, filters, screens
C. Technical printing practices (precise, theoretical & artistic)
D. Interpretation of instruction/specification
E. Maintenance of photographic equipment and automatic film processors
F. Quality Control

II. Inter/Intra-Personal Skills

A. Team Skills
B. Decision Making

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Same as entry level, with more complexity and less supervision, plus:

Ability to use a precision, copy or projection camera to make photographic negatives and positives of maps, charts, drawings and other visual materials

Ability to interpret more complex written and oral instructions

FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL

Description: Performs photographic duties to produce line, continuous tone, halftone, combination of continuous tone, line and halftones in the production of photo drawing, construction and other visual photographic data. Also provides training/mentoring for entry and developmental level personnel.

I. Technical

A. Operation of photographic, copy, and projection cameras
B. Selection of appropriate film filters and screens
C. Technical printing practices (precise, theoretical & artistic)
D. Interpretation of instruction/specification
E. Maintenance of photographic equipment and automatic film processors
F. Quality Control

II. Inter/Intra-Personal Skills

A. Team Skills
B. Decision Making

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Same as developmental level but of more complex nature, plus:

Ability to train entry and developmental-level personnel in all technical areas

Ability to provide outstanding customer service

Ability to make complex decisions independently and scheduling of work as required

National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies
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