The Getty

Imaging Technician

Posted Date 3 weeks ago(2/22/2018 4:05 PM)
Requisition Number
Position Status
LT Full-Time
Getty Location
Getty Center
GRI - 0430-Digital Services

Job Summary

Photographs selections from the Getty Research Institute's rare book collections using digital equipment to support the GRI's book digitization efforts. Designs and arranges layout of materials, lighting, and camera equipment to produce high-quality images. Performs physical assessments prior to the photography of materials in a fragile or degenerating condition (experience handling rare books helpful). Images foldouts, loose plates, maps, engravings, and other associated material. Performs digital imaging tasks in support of departmental workflows and job completion including: color correction, file preparation, fulfillment, and creation of digital media. Position requires great attention to detail, comfort performing repetitive tasks and the ability to keep accurate technical and workflow documentation.

Major Job Responsibilities

* Applies intermediate knowledge of digital photography to produce direct-capture digital photos

* Prepares areas to be photographed and configures computer resources

* Organizes digital files, file naming, and tracking 

* Performs general digital imaging tasks including: capture, color correction, file preparation, and staging for ingest into digital repositories

* Transfer files to staging servers and may assist with server-based workflows. 


• Bachelor’s degree in photography and/or equivalent experience

• 2-5 years experience in digital photography services

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Experience handling rare books, and archival collections 
  • Prior experience in a museum or library
  • Intermediate knowledge of digital capture, digital media and image manipulation software
  • Intermediate knowledge of DSLR camera equipment, medium and large format cameras and Phase One digital backs
  • Experience with CaptureOne software
  • Intermediate knowledge of lighting equipment and light-modifying techniques
  • Highly collaborative and productive in a team and independent workflow environment
  • Ability to articulate ideas, i.e. clearly communicates creative concepts and technical processes
  • Intermediate knowledge of color theory and digital imaging practices, standards and workflows
  • Ability to problem-solve and adapt creatively to produce best possible images
  • Ability to handle art objects and fragile materials
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time