Camera Operators, Television, Video, & Film

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Camera Operator, Cameraman, Television News Photographer, Videographer

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What they do:
Operate television, video, or film camera to record images or scenes for television, video, or film productions.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics


  • multimedia
  • telecommunications


Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Hand and Finger Use

  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands


  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Video creation and editing software

  • Adobe After Effects Hot Technology In Demand
  • YouTube

Graphics or photo imaging software

  • Adobe Creative Cloud software Hot Technology In Demand
  • Adobe Illustrator Hot Technology

Analytical or scientific software

  • Litchi
  • Pix4D Pix4Dcapture


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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