Projection Printer

Projection Camera Operator

Enlarger, Photographic

The tasks an Enlarger, Photographic is expected to perform include:

Enlarging or reducing photographs to required size with projection printer in dark room

Setting enlarger (camera) in dark room, placing plain white board or easel below lens of enlarger

Inserting negative film in holder of printer (enlarger) and switching on light which shines through negative onto easel below

Adjusting various parts of printer and centering image, to secure desired projection

Determining exposure time and lens opening, and selecting appropriate photographic paper

Developing exposed prints in series of timed chemical and water baths, drying and trimming finished prints

Knowledge of operating an enlarger (camera)

Familiar with developing prints from the negatives

Proficient in switching off light and fixing photographic paper in easel, switching on light, and exposing paper to light for set period, shading darker areas of image to produce prints with roughly equivalent intensity

Knowledge of timed chemical and water baths for prints

Familiar with applying glossy finish to prints with heated metal press

Knowledge to enlarge or reduce colour film, using appropriate colour-filter and correcting colour deficiencies of negative with coloured filters

Familiar with retouch of enlarged prints

Diligent and hardworking


Eye for detail

Ability to follow instructions

Problem solving attitude

It needs one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Working hours are 10/12 hours everyday for 5/6 days a week. This may vary from institution to institution

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?
This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL), Both Leg (BL) and Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is considered to be mildly hazardous or dangerous

Health hazards include exposure to printing inks, noise, laser light, etc.

Occupational hazards include musculoskeletal disorders, repetitious motion of arms, skin allergy, burns, etc.

For fresher - INR 10,000 to INR 15,000 per month

For candidates with 2 yearsof experience and above - INR 15,000 to INR 20,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Current and Future Market Trend of Printing Sector in India

The Indian Printing Industry, growing at a rate of 12% per annum, comprises more than 250,000 big, small and medium printers. The current annual turnover of the industry is more than INR 50,000 crores (USD 11 Billion).

The industry has undergone a revolutionary change in the last 15 years. In 1990, India initiated a process of reforms aimed at shedding protectionism and embracing liberalization of the economy. Privatization was initiated with the aim of integrating the Indian economy with the world economy. This change opened the doors for the Indian Print Industry to modernize, by investing in the latest of technology and machinery.

In recent years, the printing industry in India has seen record levels of growth, owing to liberalized regimes, globalization and progress in automation. The industry has grown leaps and bounds due to the latest technology and machinery, quality standards and production capacities.

The printing industry in India is slowly progressing from the heavy machinery using industry to a more software-centric business. The Indian printers are today equipped with the latest computer controlled printing machines and flow lines for binding, while state-of-the-art digital technologies are used in pre-press. UV digital printing and inkjet technology are also on the rise in India. The advent of global brands, rising consumerism and growth of the pharmaceutical industry have seen an increase in the scope for package printing. Giving an optimistic outlook of the industry, the package printing sector is growing at the annual rate of 17 percent, commercial printing at a rate of 10-12 percent and digital printing at robust 30 percent.

The digital printing industry is seeing significant transformations with new technologies & applications providing cost-effective and customized solutions. For the foreseeable future, offset and digital will not only co-exist, but will also complement each other- with offset taking the medium-to-longer jobs and digital performing on short-to-medium run lengths.

The booming Indian economy, increasing consumerism, entry of global brands in the country and opening of the sector to foreign investors are bound to offer growth opportunities to the industry.

Printing companies across India

Local printers across India

Towns and cities across India