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Working As A Cinematographer

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Stressful

  • $47,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Cinematographer Do

Film and video editors and camera operators manipulate images that entertain or inform an audience. Camera operators capture a wide range of material for TV shows, motion pictures, music videos, documentaries, or news and sporting events. Editors take footage shot by camera operators and organize it into a final product. They collaborate with producers and directors to create the final production.

Duties

Film and video editors and camera operators typically do the following:

  • Shoot and record television programs, motion pictures, music videos, documentaries, or news and sporting events
  • Organize digital footage with video editing software
  • Collaborate with a director to determine the overall vision of the production
  • Discuss filming and editing techniques with a director to improve a scene
  • Select the appropriate equipment, such as the type of lens or lighting
  • Shoot or edit a scene based on the director’s vision

Many camera operators have one or more assistants working under their supervision. The assistants set up the camera equipment and may be responsible for its storage and care. They also help the operator determine the best shooting angle and make sure that the camera stays in focus.

Likewise, editors often have one or more assistants. The assistants support the editor by keeping track of each shot in a database or loading digital video into an editing bay. Assistants also may do some of the editing tasks.

The increased use of digital filming has changed the work of a large number of editors and camera operators. Many operators prefer using digital cameras because these smaller, more inexpensive instruments give them more flexibility in shooting angles. Digital cameras also have changed the job of some camera assistants: instead of loading film or choosing lenses, they download digital images or choose a type of software program to use with the camera.

Nearly all editing work is done on a computer, and editors often are trained in a specific type of editing software.

The following are examples of types of camera operators:

Studio camera operators work in a broadcast studio and videotape their subjects from a fixed position. There may be one or several cameras in use at a time. Operators normally follow directions that give the order of the shots. They often have time to practice camera movements before shooting begins. If they are shooting a live event, they must be able to make adjustments at a moment’s notice and follow the instructions of the show’s director.

Cinematographers film motion pictures. They usually have a team of camera operators and assistants working under them. They determine the angles and types of equipment that will best capture a shot. They also adjust the lighting in a shot, because that is an important part of how the image looks.

Cinematographers may use stationary cameras that shoot whatever passes in front of them, or they may use a camera mounted on a track and move around the action. Some cinematographers sit on cranes to film and action scene; others carry the camera on their shoulder while they move around the action.

Some cinematographers specialize in filming cartoons or special effects.

Videographers film or videotape private ceremonies or special events, such as weddings. They also may work with companies and make corporate documentaries on a variety of topics. Some videographers post their work on video-sharing websites for prospective clients. Most videographers edit their own material.

Many videographers run their own business or do freelance work. They may submit bids, write contracts, and get permission to shoot on locations that may not be open to the public. They also get copyright protection for their work and keep financial records.

Many editors and camera operators, particularly videographers, put their creative work online. If it becomes popular, they gain more recognition, which can lead to future employment or freelance opportunities.

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How To Become A Cinematographer

Film and video editors and camera operators typically need a bachelor’s degree in a field related to film or broadcasting.

Education

Most editor and camera operator positions require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to film or broadcasting, such as communications. Many colleges offer courses in cinematography or video-editing software. Coursework involves a mix of film theory with practical training.

Film and video editors and camera operators must have an understanding of digital cameras and editing software because both are now used on film sets.

Training

Editors may complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some employers may offer new employees training in the type of specialized editing software they use. Most editors eventually specialize in one type of software, but beginners should be familiar with as many types as possible.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification is a way for editors to demonstrate competence in various types of editing software. To earn certification, video editors must pass a comprehensive exam. Candidates can prepare for the exam on their own, through online tutorials, or through classroom instruction.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Film and video editors and camera operators must communicate with other members of a production team, including producers and directors, to ensure that the project goes smoothly.

Computer skills. Film and video editors must use sophisticated editing software.

Creativity. Film and video editors and camera operators should be able to imagine what the result of their filming or editing will look like to an audience.

Detail oriented. Editors look at every frame of film and decide what should be kept and what should be cut in order to maintain the best content.

Hand–eye coordination. Camera operators need to be able to move about the action while holding a camera steady.

Physical stamina. Camera operators may need to carry heavy equipment for long periods of time, particularly when they are filming on location.

Visual skills. Film and video editors and camera operators must be able to see clearly what they are filming or editing in the postproduction process.

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Highest Cinematographer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cinematographer Black Rainbow LLC New York, NY Feb 03, 2016 $93,915
Wedding Cinematographer Moving Picture Weddings LLC Portland, OR Jan 07, 2016 $83,480 -
$208,700
Wedding Cinematographer Moving Picture Weddings Portland, OR Jul 01, 2014 $83,480 -
$208,700
Cinematographer Golden Gate 3D, LLC San Francisco, CA Apr 15, 2012 $75,000
Wedding Cinematographer Moving Picture Weddings LLC Portland, OR Jun 25, 2013 $74,089 -
$81,393
Cinematographer 4 Reel Films San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2010 $56,140
Digital Cinematographer Glowimages, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2012 $52,000
Cinematographer China Soul for Christ Foundation Petaluma, CA Nov 29, 2007 $44,161 -
$52,175
Cinematographer Zealand Productions, Inc. Aurora, CO Sep 29, 2015 $38,276
Cinematographer Zealand Productions Englewood, CO Dec 01, 2011 $31,000
Cinematographer Zealand Productions, Inc. Englewood, CO Oct 01, 2012 $31,000

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Top Skills for A Cinematographer

  1. Video Production
  2. Feature Film
  3. Cinema
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide professional Hi Definition video production for clients using professional media equipment and software.
  • Completed work on 23 feature films and documentaries for independent production companies.
  • Provided professional cinematography services to clients for music videos.
  • Worked closely with director to enhance story through camera movement Managed a crew of three assistant cameramen
  • Set up lighting equipment, cameras, and audio equipment for television shows.

Cinematographer Demographics

Gender

Male

72.3%

Female

14.3%

Unknown

13.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Hispanic or Latino

18.2%

Black or African American

10.5%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.6%

French

16.4%

Japanese

7.3%

Mandarin

5.5%

Chinese

3.6%

German

3.6%

Russian

3.6%

Italian

3.6%

Portuguese

1.8%

Icelandic

1.8%

Finnish

1.8%

Ukrainian

1.8%

Fuzhou

1.8%

Persian

1.8%

Korean

1.8%
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Cinematographer Education

Schools

Full Sail University

14.8%

New York University

9.7%

Columbia College Chicago

8.8%

Savannah College of Art and Design

6.0%

Academy of Art University

5.1%

New York Film Academy

4.6%

San Francisco State University

4.6%

Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy

4.6%

University of Southern California

4.6%

Emerson College

4.6%

Los Angeles Film School - Hollywood

4.2%

Temple University

4.2%

School of Visual Arts

3.7%

Art Institute of California - Inland

3.2%

Howard University

3.2%

New School

3.2%

University of California - Berkeley

2.8%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.8%

Towson University

2.8%

Ohio University -

2.3%
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Majors

Photography

57.9%

Communication

10.5%

Fine Arts

6.0%

Digital Media

4.1%

Graphic Design

2.4%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

2.2%

Journalism

2.0%

Entertainment Business

1.8%

Business

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Theatre

1.4%

Marketing

1.4%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.1%

Animation

1.1%

Anthropology

1.0%

Computer Networking

1.0%

General Studies

0.8%

Electrical Engineering

0.8%

History

0.8%

Computer Science

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

58.9%

Other

17.3%

Masters

10.9%

Associate

8.6%

Certificate

2.3%

Doctorate

0.9%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.3%
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