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I have been asked several times now what it means to be a camera operator. What it means and what the job is, are two completely different questions, I'm going to answer the first one.
Filming is neither fun or glamorous, says cameraman Joel Shippey, which is why you need commitment, the right attitude and a love of people.
The images that appear in movies, on TV and in videos come from the work of camera operators. They often perform their tasks under instructions from a director. The pictures may entertain or inform, but must compel an audience to watch.
Hand Held shooting is a skill that all camera operators need to develop, and for all the film directors out there, this is also useful stuff to know because it’s always good to appreciate the camera operator’s challenges when shooting.
Being a professional camera operator is a highly skilled job, which requires many qualities. It’s not just a case of just looking down the viewfinder and shooting.
If you were to visit the set of a movie or television show, you would see the "cameraman" filming the action.