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KEY SKILLS

  • Visual Storytelling

  • Attention to detail

  • Communication

  • Discipline

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Patience

  • Teamwork

  • Creative

  • Innovative

  • Knows how to handle the camera

  • Understand camera equipment

  • Respond quickly to directions

  • Lighting

  • Colour Theory

PROS

  • You get to work with amazing people. 

  • You get to travel a lot.

  • You learn a lot about how things actually work in a studio.

  • You always get to learn new things as every shot is a new shot.

  • You can work in several industries

  • Some camera operators may be employed by a full-time organization, but it also allows you to work as an independent contractor.

  • You could one day be working with a celebrity.

  • Camera operators can use their passion for film production in a variety of career areas.

  • You are earning money by doing something that you love.

CONS

  • It requires a great deal of travelling between locations.

  • Long and irregular working hours.

  • Maintenance and proper handling of all filming and recording equipment is extremely important due to the cost of such items and it could create a lot of pressure.

  • You may face periodic unemployment between projects. 

  • Deadlines and long hours important when working with productions.

  • A lot of being under pressure when dealing with directors/producers.

  • Extremely hard to escape holidays and important events.

  • It physical; carrying around heaving equipment before, during, and after can take a major toll on the body.

  • May have to work in dangerous environments. 

  • Competition for jobs is expected to be high.

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Companies 

  • Freelancer 

  • Agencies

  • Production Houses 

  • Flim/Tv Studio

  • You enjoy finding the best images or videos to tell the story. 

  • You love shooting videos.

  • You love to shoot or edit a scene based on the director's vision.

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Interesting Facts about the career

What exactly is the camera operator's job?


A camera operator also called a cameraman or a camerawoman is a professional operator of a film or video camera. In film making, the leading camera operator is usually called a cinematographer, while a camera operator in a video production may be known as a television camera operator, video camera operator, or videographer, depending on the context and technology involved, usually operating a professional video camera.  The camera operator is responsible for physically operating the camera and maintaining composition and camera angles throughout a given scene or shot. In narrative film making, the camera operator will collaborate with the director, director of photography, actors, and crew to make technical and creative decisions. In this setting, a camera operator is part of a film crew consisting of the director of photography and one or more camera assistants. In documentary film making and news, the camera is often called on to film unfolding, unscripted events.  Important camera operator skills include choreographing and framing shots, knowledge of and the ability to select appropriate camera lenses, and other equipment (dollies, camera cranes, etc.) to portray dramatic scenes. The principles of dramatic storytelling and film editing fundamentals are important skills as well. The camera operator is required to communicate clearly and concisely on sets where time and film budget constraints are ever-present.


What is the alternative career you can do if you are not sure about being a camera operator?

Alternative career fields could start with photography. There are a lot of studios who hire photographers for public consumption: family portraits, weddings, modeling shots. Other related careers could include sound or broadcast engineer technicians. Sound experts work with analog and/or digital sound systems for bands, studios, or entertainment centers. These positions require specialized training after you finish high school. There are other jobs that need bachelor's degrees like editors, correspondents, reporters, and broadcast analysts. For these positions, you may need to study journalism, writing and some media communications. Other alternatives with a bachelor's degree could be executive positions as a producer or director in which you'd need to be knowledgable in many areas, from sound to editing.

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