Profession camera operator

Camera operators setup and operate digital film cameras to shoot domestic motion pictures or television programs. They work together with the video and motion picture director, the director of photography, or the private client. Camera operators give advice on how to shoot scenes to actors, the video and motion picture director and other camera operators.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Artistic

Knowledge

  • Audiovisual equipment

    The characteristics and usage of different tools that stimulate the sight and audio senses.

  • Photography

    Art and practice of creating aesthetically appealing images by recording light or electromagnetic radiation.

  • Lighting techniques

    The characteristics of techniques used to create atmospheres and effects on camera or on stage; the equipment required and appropriate setup to use.

  • Cinematography

    The science of recording light and electromagnetic radiation in order to create a motion picture. The recording can happen electronically with an image sensor or chemically on light sensitive materials such as film stock.

Skills

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Work with the director of photography

    Work with the director of photography on the artistic and creative vision that needs to be followed during production of a movie or theatre production.

  • Analyse the scenography

    Analyse the selection and distribution of material elements on a stage.

  • Operate a camera

    Capture moving images with a camera. Operate the camera skilfully and safely to obtain high quality material.

  • Determine visual concepts

    Determine how best to represent a concept visually.

  • Adapt to type of media

    Adapt to different types of media such as television, movies, commercials, and others. Adapt work to type of media, scale of production, budget, genres within type of media, and others.

  • Set up cameras

    Put cameras in place and prepare them for use.

  • Follow work schedule

    Manage the sequence of activities in order to deliver completed work on agreed deadlines by following a work schedule.

  • Select camera apertures

    Adjust lens apertures, shutter speeds, and camera focus.

  • Ensure visual quality of the set

    Inspect and amend the scenery and set-dressing to make sure the visual quality is optimal with in constraints of time, budget and manpower.

  • Follow directions of the artistic director

    Follow the instructions of the director while understanding his creative vision.

  • Study media sources

    Study various media sources such as broadcasts, print media, and online media in order to gather inspiration for the development of creative concepts.

  • Adapt artistic plan to location

    Adapt plans to other locations with respect for the artistic concept.

  • Keep up with trends

    Monitor and follow new trends and developments in specific sectors.

  • Analyse a script

    Break down a script by analysing the dramaturgy, form, themes and structure of a script. Conduct relevant research if necessary.

  • Set up audiovisual peripheral equipment

    Set up audiovisual peripheral equipment such as tripods, cables, microphones, monitors, and others.

  • Use technical documentation

    Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.

  • Create moving images

    Create and develop two-dimensional and three-dimensional images in motion and animations.

  • Work with an artistic team

    Work closely with directors, fellow actors and playwrights to find the ideal interpretation to a role.

Optional knowledge and skills

health and safety regulations assess power needs apply health and safety standards transfer uncut audiovisual material to computer film production process attend rehearsals ensure cooperation among production, costume department and make-up department supervise camera crew use personal protection equipment maintain audiovisual equipment follow safety procedures when working at heights manage technical resources stock plan audiovisual recording practise camera movements work with the lighting crew plan shots use storyboards create special effects file-based workflow electricity work with motion picture editing team