Photographic Spotter

Cover or spot out imperfections on photographic prints.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Photographic Spotters do?

Covers or spots out imperfections on photographic prints, using gloved finger, brush, or pencil: Positions print under viewing light or on illuminated table and examines print to detect defects, such as surface blemishes, dust spots, and uneven margins. Selects premixed paint or mixes paint, using color charts, when repairing color prints. Applies paint to defective area of color print, using gloved finger or artists’ brush. Shades light areas on black-and-white prints, using pencil. Rubs surface of photograph with cloth to remove debris and reduce gloss. Trims edges of print to enhance appearance, using scissors or paper cutter. Places prints in customer bag and records number per bag or mounts print in specified frame. May retouch film negatives and be designated Negative Spotter.


Should I be a Photographic Spotter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Detailer, School Photographs, Negative Spotter, Photographic Aide, Photographic Hand Developer, Photographic Printer See More

    How to become a Photographic Spotter

    Photographic Spotters generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Photographic Spotter-related education!
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