The cinematographer is responsible for the technical aspects of the images (lighting, lens choices, composition, exposure, filtration, film selection), but works closely with the director to ensure that the artistic aesthetics are supporting the director's vision of the story being told. The cinematographers are the heads of the camera, grip and lighting crew on a set, and for this reason they are often called directors of photography.


Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators and Editors
Wage: $61,670
10 Year Growth Rate: 11.5%
Education Requirements:
Postsecondary vocational award
Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators
Wage: $60,360
10 Year Growth Rate: 29.0%
Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree