Operates a television, video, or motion picture camera to photograph images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures.
This career is part of the Arts, A/V Technology and Communication cluster Audio/Video Technology and Film pathway.
A person in this career:
- Operates television or motion picture cameras to record scenes for television broadcasts, advertising, or motion pictures.
- Edits video for broadcast productions, including non-linear editing.
- Composes and frames each shot, applying the technical aspects of light, lenses, film, filters, and camera settings to achieve the effects sought by directors.
- Adjusts positions and controls of cameras, printers, and related equipment to change focus, exposure, and lighting.
- Confers 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.
- Sets up and performs live shots for broadcast.
- Sets up cameras, optical printers, and related equipment to produce photographs and special effects.
- Assembles studio sets and selects and arranges cameras, film stock, audio, or lighting equipment to be used during filming.
- Tests, cleans, maintains, and repairs broadcast equipment, including testing microphones, to ensure proper working condition.
- Uses cameras in any of several different camera mounts, such as stationary, track-mounted, or crane-mounted.
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