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A camera operator records the visual images used to make movies, television shows, news broadcasts, and music videos and sports events. On the set of a movie or a television show, you would see the camera operator or “cameraman" filming the action. He or she may also film live events like concerts, sports, etc. When a news reporter broadcasts from a remote location, the camera operator records it for the audience at home to watch either live or at some later time. They are like an additional set of eyes for the Director of Photography regarding lighting and focus. They are also responsible for operating technical equipments like cranes and mobile mountings, remote control and electronic cameras.

What Does a Camera Operator Do?

A camera operator will typically do the following:

  • Present interesting material for an audience

  • Assist the director to determine the overall vision of the production

  • Discuss filming techniques with a director to improve a scene

  • Select the appropriate equipment for use, from the type of camera to software for editing

  • Shoot a film scene as required by the director

Many camera operators have one or more assistants working under them. The assistants set up the camera equipment and may be responsible for storing it and caring for it. They also help the camera operator determine the best angle for shooting. Being a freelance camera operator gives you a chance to choose your own team and work according to your wish. In addition, he or she should also possess the following skill set:

  • Planning, preparing and rehearsing scenes

  • Following camera scripts

  • Creatively framing and capturing the action

  • Responding quickly to directions

Qualifications of a Camera Operator

It is ideal that a freelance camera operator has:

  • A bachelor's degree in film or broadcasting, or in a related discipline

  • Extensive training and experience in the operation of film and video cameras and accessories

  • Training in videography

  • Experience across industries

  • Sensitivity to understand right angles

  • Ability to Capture all candid moments

  • Understanding what adds more value to the creative process

  • Must understand the functions of both digital and film cameras, as well as lighting, color theory, and the development process

  • Should be creative, have good visual skills, eye-hand coordination and can pay attention to detail

Benefits of Freelance Camera Operator

  • Large production houses hire camera operator because they have the budget to support them

  • Other independent projects hire skilled freelancers for their Video Services and get their job  done

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