Camera Operator

Course Code: MES/Q0902

Duration: Six Months


Camera operators, also known as videographers, shoot scenes for visual media, including television broadcasts, studio films and documentaries. Although professional camera operators typically hold a bachelor’s degree in film production, training programs may provide the technical training needed for smaller productions. Offered by community colleges and film schools, programs in videography, film production and cinematography offer foundational study and hands-on practice in video camera operation and camera technique. Program applicants must have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Camera Operator Certification and Training Program

Through classroom lecture and hands-on experience, students become familiar with technical aspects, such as frame composition, camera movement and lighting. Students also learn production concepts, such as how camera operators work with a director of photography and how camera crews operate on film and television sets. Other topics of study include:

  • Camera shooting techniques
  • Videography
  • Cinematography
  • Set lighting
  • Film and digital camera operation
  • Able to accept direction
  • Highly organised
  • Attention to detail
  • Patient
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Good communication skills
  • Creativity
  • Able to work as part of a team

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