Television Camera Operator Jobs Annandale VA
Silver Spring, MD
Television Camera Operator / Editor
How to become a Television Camera Operator
A career as a television camera operator/editor can be very exciting! Camera operators learn their trade through either on-the-job training or formal post secondary education. This job is filled with competition and only the best and most determined will succeed, but the results of their efforts are greatly rewarded!
Operators with the most experience and highest computer skills are the most sought after. Companies try to find people with good eyes, imagination, creativity, and technical skill when hiring camera operators. They want someone to make what they are filming to look perfect.
Many schools offer studies in camera operation and videography. Basic courses such as equipment usage, processes, and techniques can be found at most community colleges and universities. Vocational and technical schools will offer more in depth classes with degrees specializing in camera operation, film editing, and videography. It is important that operators have a keen understanding of technology and stay up to date, learning how to use new software and equipment.
Camera operators can get a leg up on competition by first becoming a production assistant where they can learn how to film and see first hand how video production works. Production assistants spend most of their time setting up lights, cameras, and other equipment. Once they have gained this experience camera operators usually begin work within a small market and then work their way up to bigger projects.
What does a Television Camera Operator do?
Television camera operators and editors play a first hand role in entertaining audiences, recording events, and telling stories. They take what they have recorded and edit it before it passes on to any producer so many times their work is rough and very true to life. They shoot a wide range of material and can work on television shows, studio programs, news broadcasts, sporting events, music videos, documentaries, and training sessions.
Whatever they shoot, the material is made up of many different stills of film. This is when the editing work is put to use by combining the different stills and putting together a flowing film. Most of the editing is done through a computer due to the increase in digital technology.
Most videographers find employment with independent television stations, local affiliate stations, large cable networks, or small independent production companies. Depending on the nature of their work, some camera operators get to travel around the world shooting different sporting games, news stories, or events. Others can stay working in the same city for a long period of time if they work for a station with a specific audience, or are shooting for a show that lasts for several seasons.
Working schedules can vary drastically. Operators employed by a television or cable network usually work a normal 5 day 40 hour work week, while many operators/editors may work long days at...