How to Become a Camera Operator

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Camera Operator Job Description

Camera operators are responsible for the operation of television cameras and related equipment for the purpose of recording live events, news and television broadcasts. They are responsible for producing the visual content of news items, as well as desired visual content for commercials, sports events, television programs or films.



Camera Operator Job Duties

• Adjust and move the camera and operate optical controls (for example, focus, zoom, exposure)

• Follow instructions from the director concerning the mood or dramatic effect to be achieved

• Perform minor electronic adjustments to cameras

• Responsible for storage and general maintenance of camera

• Assist with the lighting and staging of broadcast productions

• Setup and Operate live location shoots

• Edit video in linear and non-linear edit suites



How to Get a Job as a Camera Operator

A good place to start when looking for a job as a camera operator, would be to contact production companies, television stations and any other organization that might need the services of a camera operator, and ask if they are hiring. It is a good idea to remain open to the idea of beginning as an entry-level production assistant. It is also a good idea to check internet job boards and job posting services for camera operator or production assistant jobs.


It is quite common for camera operators to begin their careers as production assistants for the camera department, in order to gain an understanding of how the production process works. Through on-the-job training, production assistants may work their way up to camera assistant and then camera operator.



Camera Operator Job Opportunities

Camera Operator Jobs - Canada


Camera Operator Jobs - United States



Scholarships for Becoming a Camera Operator

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a Camera Operator. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our Film Studies Scholarships and Theatre Scholarships pages.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Becoming a Camera Operator: Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming a Camera Operator. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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