Ins and outs of becoming a camera operator

l Important characteristics for the job are high levels of creativity, imagination and technical awareness.

l Important characteristics for the job are high levels of creativity, imagination and technical awareness.

lCandidates have to study a three-year video technology diploma to qualify as a studio camera operator.

l This course is offered at most major South African technikons and colleges.

lOnce candidates have completed their diploma they then need to participate in a six-month in-service training programme.

lAlternatively, candidates can register for film studies at universities. Rhodes University offers a top-notch four-year journalism degree that covers all aspects of media including radio, television, print media and multimedia.

lDepending on the candidate's experience and the size of the organisation for which he is working, an established studio camera operator can expect to earn between R13 000 and R26 400 a month.

l Entry-level jobs in this field may entail assisting with camera or lighting scheme set up.

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