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Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 240

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $20.49 - $43.85

Typical Annual Salary: $42,600 - $91,200

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Operate television or motion picture cameras to record scenes for television broadcasts, advertising, or motion pictures.
  • Compose and frame each shot, applying the technical aspects of light, lenses, film, filters, and camera settings to achieve the effects sought by directors.
  • Edit video for broadcast productions, including non-linear editing.
  • Adjust positions and controls of cameras, printers, and related equipment to change focus, exposure, and lighting.
  • Operate zoom lenses, changing images according to specifications and rehearsal instructions.
  • 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.
  • Download exposed film for shipment to processing labs.
  • Set up and perform live shots for broadcast.
  • Set up cameras, optical printers, and related equipment to produce photographs and special effects.
  • Assemble studio sets and select and arrange cameras, film stock, audio, or lighting equipment to be used during filming.

tools & technology

  • Digital camcorders or video cameras
  • Outside broadcasting van
  • Radio frequency transmitters or receivers
  • Soldering iron
  • Workshop cranes

  • Electronic mail software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Office suite software
  • Video creation and editing software
  • Word processing software

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