Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
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Also known as:
Cinematographer, Electronic News Gathering Camera Operator, Motion Picture Camera Operator, Movie Shot Camera Operator, News Camera Operator, News Videographer, Television Camera Operator, Video Camera Operator
There are many kind of camera work. Camera operators capture the excitement of breaking news and sports, work in studios on television broadcasts, and create exciting visual images for motion pictures and commercials. This is a field with a wide range of opportunities that share common requirements ...
- the ability to capture an image that conveys meaning and the technical skill to record that image reliably.
Field and TV studio camera operators work with video. Usually, they find salaried positions at production companies or television stations and networks. Some prefer to work as freelancers, hiring themselves out for the day, week, or project.
You can learn to become a video camera operator in technical school, in college, or even on the job. Motion picture camera operators shoot film. They too, can start learning their craft in school. But because film tends to require more detailed technical knowledge than videotape, a film camera operator needs to move up through many levels of apprenticeship.
Advancement may take years and typically comes through recommendations by producers or directors of photography. And long hours are the norm for all kinds of video and film production work. With the increase in outlets for visual images, employment opportunities for camera operators are projected to increase in the years ahead. But while competition in this exciting and attractive field will increase, so will job opportunities.
Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to record images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
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Set up and perform live shots for broadcast.
Stay current with new technologies in the field by reading trade magazines.
View films to resolve problems of exposure control, subject and camera movement, changes in subject distance, and related variables.
Adjust positions and controls of cameras, printers, and related equipment to change focus, exposure, and lighting.
Edit video for broadcast productions, including non-linear editing.
Test, clean, maintain, and repair broadcast equipment, including testing microphones, to ensure proper working condition.
Observe sets or locations for potential problems and to determine filming and lighting requirements.
Use cameras in any of several different camera mounts such as stationary, track-mounted, or crane-mounted.
Set up cameras, optical printers, and related equipment to produce photographs and special effects.
Assemble studio sets, and select and arrange cameras, film stock, audio, or lighting equipment to be used during filming.
Compose and frame each shot, applying the technical aspects of light, lenses, film, filters, and camera settings to achieve the effects sought by directors.
Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Handling and Moving Objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Communications and Media
Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
The ability to see details at a distance.
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.