Photography is a dying profession

Photo media laboratory assistant

Dream job or emergency solution?

It is my dream job. I like to do something handcrafted and I didn't want to just sit in front of the computer. There was also a bit of family influence since my father is a graphic designer. I've always enjoyed working with photography. During my apprenticeship year, I was the only trainee in all of Baden-Württemberg. So there are not many who are learning this profession anymore. There is definitely a need for photo media laboratory assistants. There are a lot of big labs looking for people. But I was more interested in a familiar specialist company. And as long as there are photographers and artists who want quality in their prints, it will not be a dying profession.

What is your day-to-day work like?

My working day can look very different. I develop films the traditional way, which is still done; such as developing slides, negative films in color and in black and white. I also work on the minilab. There the small pictures up to 20 x 30 cm in size are peeled off. On another device we can make prints in the darkroom that are exposed up to 1.80 by 3 m. I also do repros. For example, it's about taking pictures of old cards or when someone wants a reproduction of a slide or negative. Sometimes I work in the lamination department, where pictures are glued or drawn up behind glass. If the customer so wishes, we will retouch the pictures. Of course, we always make sure that the colors come across well and are natural. Handling computers is also part of this job. We work with the Photoshop computer program. Preparing chemistry for film development can also count towards a working day.

The biggest surprise?

The biggest surprise for me was that I really enjoy laminating and that it suits me well. I wouldn't have thought that at all.

Your favorite task?

That is different. I have to think about that first. I actually really like doing everything when there's variety.

Which toads do you have to swallow?

You have to work properly from day one. You are needed and have your tasks. The trainees must z. For example, start chemistry and if you make a mistake, it has real negative effects, so you always have to be focused and not “dream”. You are in the real world of work and you have to stick to the deadlines at all costs.

Without what is it not possible?

You should really want to do this job and it should be fun. Fortunately, you don't have to work very much with chemicals, in case that could put anyone off.

How many applications did you write?

I wrote 10 applications. I had a really bad secondary school certificate and got three or four direct rejections from big companies that really look at the grades. I had my first interview in this company. After the trial work, I was taken. I had also applied for other professions, just in case this application didn't work out: among other things, as a photo media clerk, designer for visual marketing, in the print shop and also as a pastry chef.

Your application tip?

No spelling mistakes, nice writing and a nice photo.

And after the training?

My apprenticeship is over and I was taken on.