AFSC 3V0X2 - Still Photography

Air Force Enlisted Job Description

Three US Air Force members highlighted by the setting sun.
Three US Air Force (USAF) Visual Information professionals: a videographer (left), a still photographer (center), and a graphics specialist (right), are all highlighted by the setting sun. Stocktrek Images / Getty Images

Specialty Summary:

Accomplishes, processes, or supervises still, continuous, and computer generated imagery. Supports base-level, technical, contingency, reconnaissance, aerial mapping, special mission production, or combat requirements. Performs imagery tests and analysis, and certifies, monitors, and regulates imaging equipment. Captures, stores, enhances, crops, prints, or transmits images via satellite, telephone, or secure transmission systems.

Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 400.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Prepares photographic assignments. Acquires imagery in controlled, uncontrolled, and combat environments. Applies principles of composition. Conceives, visualizes, and produces images. Accomplishes combat documentation, investigative, record, informational, and other imagery. Obtains data and writes captions and cover stories. Selects and crops pictures for layouts and picture stories. Coordinates with pilots and aircrew on mission requirements for proper aircraft positioning. Sets up and operates stabilized camera mounts and ancillary lighting systems on aircraft.

Accomplishes photographic imaging. Coordinates with customers. Performs photographic imaging acquisition and processing of reversal, original negative, master negative, duplicate negative, digital photography, and prints. Selects, inspects, and tests camera, film, and photographic processing systems.

Determines and uses cameras, films, filters, lighting, and accessory equipment. Operates, monitors, and adjusts photographic processors to ensure processing parameters are maintained. Evaluates processed imagery for physical or chemical defects, and takes corrective actions.

Operates or supervises operation of image acquisition equipment.

Obtains optimum exposures using various meters, electronic flash, and exposure control methods. Uses light intensifier tubes (night vision). Operates portable satellite systems, imaging computers, and modems to transmit, receive, or store images.

Performs copy and duplication functions. Copies flat art, prints, slides, and computer generated products. Makes duplicate negatives, slides, internegatives, and positives. Uses specialized lighting and filters to control color balance.

Processes or supervises process of black and white, and color imagery. Inspects sensitized materials for physical defects; processes negative, internegative, positive, and reversal film. Monitors and adjusts processors to maintain processing parameters. Edits materials, attaches leaders, includes annotations, and titles film. Monitors photographic materials through continuous processors for proper tracking, speed, and tension. Loads and downloads materials without interrupting processing. Detects and corrects machine malfunctions. Conducts sensitometric and densitometric measurements and analyses. Constructs, interprets, and determines effects of exposure and development on emulsion density and contrast. Computes film speed, gradient exposure, and color balance.



Mixes, analyzes, and controls chemical processes. Mixes photographic processing chemicals. Safeguards against toxic, caustic, and explosive chemical hazards, or improper disposal of by-products. Measures and controls potential for (pH), specific gravity, concentration, and silver content. Calculates residual thiosulfate content of processed film and paper. Certifies photographic solutions for use, and calculates replenisher formulas and rates.

Operates or supervises operation of imagery print production equipment, including projection, optical, automated, and computer controlled printers. Determines materials, printing methods, and exposure requirements. Ensures printers are set to obtain optimum image size, sharpness, diametrical stability, correction, or rectification, density, contrast, color balance, and color saturation.

Selects paper grades or types, and individual filters or filter combinations to control contrast or color balance. Exercises print control techniques using conventional or electronic means. Performs operator preventive maintenance on imagery equipment.

Performs quality assurance. Uses statistical quality assurance methods to establish and maintain imagery quality. Employs, computes, and analyzes development effects on density and contrast. Maintains process control charts to statistically evaluate data and determine causes of process variations. Ensures accuracy of automated processors.

Performs medical image recording functions. Coordinates with medical staff to perform clinical and surgical micro and macro photography using specialized photographic cameras and lighting equipment.

Supervises or performs photographic imaging functions. Observes copyright and reproduction restrictions. Catalogs, files, and disposes of photographic products. Supervises or performs preventive maintenance, and periodic photographic imagery calibration. Conducts progressive customer relations programs to make sure visual information products meet user needs. Manages or executes the visual information hazard communication program, unit silver recovery program, and environmental health and safety programs. Assures products comply with copyright and reproduction restrictions.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: photographic esthetics; theory, technology, camera operation, and imagery production systems; photographic laboratory and related equipment; characteristics of sensitized materials and chemistry; imagery processing and reproduction cycle; color timing; color correction; care, storage, and evaluation of sensitized materials; mathematics; statistics; sensitometry and densitometry; exposure and processing effects; imagery evaluation; and effects of graininess, granularity, acutuity, and resolution.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in photography and chemistry, computer science, and mathematics is desirable.

Training. For award of AFSC 3V032, completion of a basic photography course is mandatory:

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated: (Note: See Explanation of Air Force Specialty Codes).

3V052. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 3V032. Also, experience in functions such as operating imagery equipment, process control, or image evaluation.

3V072. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 3V052. Also, experience performing and supervising functions involved in coordinating and accomplishing still photography and still photographic processing, printing, and finishing.

Other. The following are mandatory as indicated:

For entry into this specialty, normal color vision as defined in AFI 48-123Medical Examination and Standards.

For award and retention of AFSCs 3V032/52/72, eligibility for a Secret security clearance, according to AFI 31-501Personnel Security Program Management.

Deployment Rate for this AFSC

Strength Req: H

Physical Profile: 222211

Citizenship: Yes

Required Appitude Score : G-43 (Changed to G-44, effective 1 Jul 04).

Technical Training:

Course #: E5ABD3V032 005

Length (Days): 68

Location: FGM

 

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