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Photographer (Studio)

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Oct 7, 2023

As the Photographer, you will:
  • Make digital images of works of art using direct digital capture and medium format camera. Work is usually performed in a photographic studio, but also occasionally on location. The incumbent needs to use a variety of software , lenses and lighting equipment and is expected to apply wide professional knowledge and experience to achieve the highest quality images. Projects include documenting treatments of works of art by conservators and meeting exhibition imaging requirements.
  • Produce ink-jet prints and digital files to serve as master images for exhibition catalogs.
  • Working from both original camera files and from files from scanned transparencies, these prints must match the original works of art as closely as technically possible.
  • Provide high quality standard size digital prints to staff, in support of conservation documentation, exhibition development, corporate relations, press relations, and other programs. Comprehensive knowledge in all aspects of color management workflows including profiling cameras and monitors.
  • Photograph National Gallery events and personnel. This duty includes professional on location lighting, tethered capture, post-production editing of digital image files using Capture One CH and cataloging the files in NetX (TDE-I digital asset management program).
  • Implement all aspects of color management workflows including profiling cameras and monitors. Advanced use of Adobe Creative Suite, Capture One Pro and Lightroom for editing of photography and video, especially as related to the capture of high-resolution images at 16 bits/channel. Responsible for arranging all professional lighting systems, including flash and LED for photography. Execute precise image retouching, masking, batch processing, HDR, color correction and image cataloging.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week.


Candidates must meet the Qualification Standards Handbook requirements for the GS-1060-11. Candidates must possess at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent in responsibility to the federal GS-10 level, photographing works of art in both two and three dimensions.

Your application and resume must demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must show in your résumé how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. If asked to do so, cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

Those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against these factors to determine the best-qualified candidates.
  • Photography - Knowledge of all aspects of digital photography including lighting, equipment choice and image cataloging.
  • Color Management - Skill applying color management best practices for the capture and output of images of works of art.
  • Image post-production, file management - Ability to organize and maintain records of images in a database.

  • Other Relevant Eligibility Criteria : Requires 20/20 vision with correction. Requires accurate color perception. Must be able to work occasional weekend and evening overtime hours. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and stand for extended periods of time.

    Note: Applicants who are referred to the hiring office for selection consideration may be required to submit writing and/or work samples as part of the interview/selection process. If the hiring office decides to request a writing and/or work sample as part of its selection process, the vacancy contact will reach out to you by email to: (1) inform you of this requirement; and (2) provide further instructions.

    "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration under merit promotion procedures.

    CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


    Education and Experience Requirements

    The following table shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for positions covered by this standard.
    Requirements GRADE EXPERIENCE EDUCATION General Specialized GS-4 2 years None 2 years above high school with 6 semester hours of related courses GS-5 3 years, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least GS-4 None 4 years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or 24 semester hours of course work in a related field GS-6 and above None 1 year equivalent to at least next lower grade level in normal line of progression None
    Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.


    General Experience (for positions at GS-5 and below): Experience in operating camera and/or processing equipment. Such experience may have been gained in (1) operating still cameras, copy cameras, motion picture cameras, video camcorders, or other types of camera equipment that involved arranging lighting and composition, (2) developing and printing film or negatives, or (3) a combination of both.

    Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-6 and above): Experience in operating standard and specialized camera and film processing equipment related to the position to be filled. Knowledge of the subject-matter being photographed may also be required for some positions. For positions that require a high degree of artistic or creative ability, samples of work or other suitable evidence of technical competence may be required. Unpaid experience that is pertinent should be credited based upon its relevance to the work of the particular position to be filled.



    Education (for positions at GS-5 and below): Major study -- photography, or other fields related to the position.

    Training in photography at a vocational school or technical institute above the high school level is creditable as general experience on a month-for-month basis.

    Additional information

    The National Gallery of Art fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.


    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register . If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.

    EEO Policy:

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy:

    Veterans Information:

    Selective Service Registration:

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