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What is a Camera Operator?

A camera operator is someone whose job is to record moving images for television programs, music videos, documentaries, commercials, sporting events or news broadcasts. Their job involves setting up a camera and deciding the position, taking instructions from directors and senior camera operators, and operating the camera to film events

A camera operator should be well organized, quick-witted, adaptable, patient, resourceful, confident and attentive, and have the ability to carry out instructions accurately. They should be physically fit to carry heavy equipment and stand for long periods. They should also have steady hands and good hand-eye coordination to operate the camera equipment.

What does a Camera Operator do?

camera Operators may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Camera operators may work long or irregular hours including early morning, late nights, weekends and public holidays, depending on the projects they’re working on. They work indoors in studios and outside in all weather conditions and locations. They may travel and be away from home for an extended period of time.

What is Required to Become a Camera Operator?

To become a camera operator, you will need to have camera skills. An apprenticeship with a professional camera operator or a degree in videography will be very helpful in obtaining the skills.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Camera operators need to have:


Alternative Careers

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