On a good day at work, I go home without a voice. I've talked circles around everybody and people have retained at least a good chunk of what I've said. That's a good day.
Tasks & Responsibilities May Include
Compose and frame each shot, applying the technical aspects of light, lenses, film, filters, and camera settings to achieve the effects sought by directors.
Operate television or motion picture cameras to record scenes for television broadcasts, advertising, or motion pictures.
Adjust positions and controls of cameras, printers, and related equipment to change focus, exposure, and lighting.
Confer with directors, sound and lighting technicians, electricians, and other crew members to discuss assignments and determine filming sequences, desired effects, camera movements, and lighting requirements.
Operate zoom lenses, changing images according to specifications and rehearsal instructions.
Level of Education Attained by Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film
Most common level of education among people in this career: Bachelor's degree (55%)
The best thing I ever did was buy my own camera and just start shooting. Then I bought my own computer and learned how to edit. If you have all the tools, you can go ahead and make the mistakes while you're learning. The more you make those mistakes, the more you'll be able to anticipate what people need, and what kind of problems you're going to run into next time. Above all, put yourself out there humbly. Don't try to chime in on everything; sit back and let people teach you something.
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