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Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture

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Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to record images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures.

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • Edit video for broadcast productions, including non-linear editing.
    • Instruct camera operators regarding camera setups, angles, distances, movement, and variables and cues for starting and stopping filming.
    • Adjust positions and controls of cameras, printers, and related equipment to change focus, exposure, and lighting.
    • Confer 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.
    • Operate zoom lenses, changing images according to specifications and rehearsal instructions.
    • Observe sets or locations for potential problems and to determine filming and lighting requirements.
    • Assemble studio sets and select and arrange cameras, film stock, audio, or lighting equipment to be used during filming.
    • Read and analyze work orders and specifications to determine locations of subject material, work procedures, sequences of operations, and machine setups.
    • Set up and perform live shots for broadcast.
    • Use cameras in any of several different camera mounts, such as stationary, track-mounted, or crane-mounted.
    • View films to resolve problems of exposure control, subject and camera movement, changes in subject distance, and related variables.
    • Test, clean, maintain, and repair broadcast equipment, including testing microphones, to ensure proper working condition.
    • Direct studio productions.
    • Set up cameras, optical printers, and related equipment to produce photographs and special effects.
    • Read charts and compute ratios to determine variables such as lighting, shutter angles, filter factors, and camera distances.
    • Set up and operate electric news gathering (ENG) microwave vehicles to gather and edit raw footage on location to send to television affiliates for broadcast.
    • Write new scripts for broadcasts.
    • Design graphics for studio productions.
    • Prepare slates that describe the scenes being filmed.
    • Stay current with new technologies in the field by reading trade magazines.
    • Reload camera magazines with fresh raw film stock.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Far Vision

      The ability to see details at a distance.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Visualization

      The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

    Knowledge
    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Communications and Media

      Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $51,890/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $24.95/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 570
    • Yearly Projected Openings 60
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Persistence
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Tools
    • Workshop cranes
    • Soldering iron
    • Radio frequency transmitters or receivers
    • Outside broadcasting van
    • Digital camcorders or video cameras
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Video creation and editing software
    • Presentation software
    • Office suite software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.