Photo Lab Technician

Columbia, Maryland
Aug 30, 2022
Oct 04, 2022
Specialty Trades
Part Time

Photo Lab Technician

Work Schedule: variable (6-10 hours a week; 2-3 days a week)

Compensation: non-exempt $15/hr.


Looking for a photography lab technician to assist photography students during open lab times for approximately 6-10 hours per week. These hours will be held over a two- to three-day period. Days, times, and hours are negotiable and may include weekdays, weekday evenings, and weekends. Experience working in a film darkroom, familiarity with photography studio lighting equipment, and proficiency with Adobe Photo Editing Software – Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw, Bridge, and Photoshop is required.


  • Open and shut down photography facilities, as scheduled.
  • Ensure that the conditions in the classroom, darkroom, studio, and equipment storage areas are kept neat, clean, orderly, and are properly functioning during open lab time.
  • Report to the Photography Coordinator when supplies need to be ordered or equipment is broken, not functioning, or missing. Report student conduct that is not in accordance with lab rules.
  • Supervise student activities during open lab periods in the photography classroom suite. This includes the computer lab, darkroom, film processing area, and the studio lighting space
  • Assist students in the processing of negatives and prints, computer issues (software and hardware), and the set-up and breakdown of studio lighting sets.
  • Maintain the B&W Darkroom.
  • Ensure cleanliness and safety. Replenish chemistry and consumables. Mix stock solutions for all classes and labs before lab time.
  • Clean trays, containers, sinks, print washers, and floors in the darkroom area, if spills occur.
  • Maintain the lighting studio:
  • Put away backgrounds, props, lights, light modifiers, stands, etc.
  • Turn off and unplug all equipment.
  • Secure equipment in the equipment closets.
  • Restock studio lighting supplies.
  • Assists students in the set-up and breakdown of student studio lighting sets.


  • Experience working in a film darkroom
  • Familiarity with photography studio lighting equipment
  • Proficiency with Adobe Photo Editing Software
  • Lightroom
  • Adobe Camera Raw, Bridge
  • Photoshop


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