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Camera Operator

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Camera Operator
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€20 -
Related Information:
TV Drama & Film 1,500 - 2,000 per day
Data Source(s):
SIPTU (2010)

Last Updated: March, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Operates the camera equipment needed to make films, videos and TV programmes.


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The Work header image

Camera operators compose and frame shots for film, television and video. Before filming, the camera operator reads through the script to plan camera angles. These are then discussed with the director. The Camera Operator must be able to frame shots, select appropriate lenses and use standard equipment to portray scenes appropriately.  
 
During filming, camera operators wear a headset through which they receive instructions about shooting effects from the director or floor manager. Operators must position the camera precisely and focus the lens at exactly the right moment. When they are not filming, camera operators make sure that their camera is properly equipped and lined up.  
 
Film and video camera operators have more opportunity to be creative than those working as part of a team in a multi-camera television studio. Experienced operators may advise the director on the visual effect of various shots, in order to produce the most effective sequence.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Operate television or motion picture cameras to record scenes for television broadcasts, advertising, or motion pictures.

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Compose and frame each shot, applying the technical aspects of light, lenses, film, filters, and camera settings to achieve the effects sought by directors.

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Edit video for broadcast productions, including non-linear editing.

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Adjust positions and controls of cameras, printers, and related equipment to change focus, exposure, and lighting.

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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.

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Set up and perform live shots for broadcast.

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Set up cameras, optical printers, and related equipment to produce photographs and special effects.

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Assemble studio sets, and select and arrange cameras, film stock, audio, or lighting equipment to be used during filming.

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Test, clean, maintain, and repair broadcast equipment, including testing microphones, to ensure proper working condition.

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Use cameras in any of several different camera mounts such as stationary, track-mounted, or crane-mounted.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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

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

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Telecommunications: Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

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Engineering and Technology: Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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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.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must have a practical interest in photography, lenses, lighting and simple electronics, along with an ability to compose skilful and artistic shots. Excellent hand-eye co-ordination is required.  
 
Sound, editing and other technical skills may be a requirement of a camera operating post, especially early in a career. You must have creativity and an appreciation for colour and shape.  
 
Personal resilience and self-sufficiency are essential requirements especially if working as a freelancer You should also be physically fit and able to carry heavy equipment. You need to have good communication skills and be able to work as part of a team.  
 
It is important that you have normal hearing and good eyesight. Your colour vision may be tested.


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Organisation: Institute of Art, Design and Technology - Dun Laoghaire
Address: Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Tel: (01) 214 4600
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Organisation: Irish Film Institute
Address: 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 679 5744
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Organisation: SIPTU (Film & Entertainment Branch)
Address: Liberty Hall, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 858 6412
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Organisation: Irish Film Board
Address: Queensgate, 23 Rock Road, Galway
Tel: (091) 561398
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Organisation: Galway Film Centre
Address: Cluain Mhuire, Monivea Road, Galway
Tel: (091) 770748
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Organisation: Irish Film and Television Network
Address: First Floor, Palmerstown Centre, Kennelsfort Road, Dublin 20
Tel: 01 6200811
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