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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. Sadly many people think that’s all there is to it, but in reality this is just the start.
The following guidelines are a result of my many years of shooting as a documentary cameraman and drama DoP. Professional operators practice this stuff “day-in, day-out” because high standards really do matter.
I’m going to cover my top guidelines in 3 parts, which I will release separately over the next couple of weeks:
- Part 1. The Camera Operator’s Mindset
- Part 2. Camera Operating Techniques
- Part 3. Care and Handling of Equipment
So if you’re really serious about getting to the top of your career… and I’m assuming you are…read on. For all you Producers, Directors and Camera Operators out there I hope…