Television Camera Operator

A television camera operator works with digital, electronic and film cameras and produces required shots by combining the use of complex technology with creative visual skills. They usually work under a director or director of photography and may be supported by a camera assistant.


Work Responsibilities

Work activities vary greatly depending on the type of programme, for example studio or outside broadcast programmes, television dramas, commercials, documentaries or news, and whether the camera operator is using one of several cameras, or a portable single camera. 


Entry Requirements 

Technical skills and appropriate experience are far more important than formal qualifications. Industry experience is key and it is likely that you will need to start your career as a camera assistant, working your way up to camera operator over several years.

While a degree is not required to become a camera operator, a qualification in one of the following subjects may provide a useful background:

  • Journalism
  • Media production
  • Media studies
  • Performing arts
  • Photography, film or television.



Skills and Interests 

You need to show evidence of:

  • Sound theoretical, practical and technical knowledge of cameras
  • The ability to frame and compose shots
  • The ability to perform camera moves accurately
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • The capacity to multi-task and take direction from others
  • Teamworking skills and the ability to lead and motivate others
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • The ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Fexibility, creativity and patience
  • Attention to detail 


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