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Camera Careers

Learn how to fuse your artistic skills with your camera expertise to create unforgettable cinematic images as a member of the Camera Department. Here's where you'll get all the details on working as a Cinematographer or in an Assistant Camera role.
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Cinematographer

The Cinematographer works with the Director to achieve the overall visual aesthetic of a film, television show, music video, or other type of content. Learn More Avg. Salary: $65,000 Alt Titles: Director of Photography, DP
Director of Photography looking at camera on set

Director of Photography

The Director of Photography or DP works with a Director to execute their vision for the script. They are in charge of both Camera and Lighting Departments, creating the visuals that help tell the... Learn More Avg. Salary: $65,000 Alt Titles: Cinematographer, DP, DOP
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Drone Pilot

The job of a Drone Pilot is to capture footage from a unique, bird’s eye perspective. Learn More Avg. Salary: $82,755 Salary Range: $73K-$116K Alt Titles: Drone Operator, Drone Camera Operator
Camera operator looking through film camera

Camera Operator

Camera Operators work with the camera team to operate a camera and record the action of a scene on a film set. Learn More Avg. Salary: $96,000 Alt Titles: Camera Person, Shooter, Steadicam
Drone Operator piloting her drone through the sky

Drone Operator

A Drone Operator works to remotely pilot aircraft that gets footage from above a specific location during production. Learn More Avg. Salary: $58,026 Salary Range: $39K - $92K Alt Titles: Drone Pilot
First AC inspecting camera on location

First AC

The First AC manages the camera gear and crew on a film set. They work under the Cinematographer, recommending cameras, lenses, and other support gear. Learn More Avg. Salary: $100,000 Salary Range: $70,000 to $250,000 Alt Titles: 1st Assistant Camera, Camera Technician
Digital Imaging Technician looking at footage on his laptop

Digital Imaging Technician

The Digital Imaging Technician is responsible for wrangling all data on set and duplicating it for safety. They’re responsible for ensuring all footage is available and intact for the Editor. Learn More Avg. Salary: $700 per day, plus gear Salary Range: $250 - $750 per day, plus gear Alt Titles: DIT
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2nd AC

The 2nd Assistant Camera works on the camera team organizing lenses, building camera gear and running the slate. Learn More Avg. Salary: $50,626 Salary Range: $42K-$62K Alt Titles: 2nd Assistant Camera
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