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Description of Responsibilities
Cinematographers determine how each scene in a movie, TV show, advertisement, or video will look on camera based on the director's vision for the project. While they do not usually operate the cameras themselves, they are responsible for preparing for filming. This task includes viewing the location and making sure that lighting, film, camera distance, focus, and camera angles are correct. Cinematographers also signal when filming begins and ends. After filming is complete, they make any necessary alterations to the film to achieve the desired look.

Education, Training, and Professional Qualifications
A cinematographer needs to have a college degree in cinematography or be a member of a professional institute of cinematography.

Other Considerations
Cinematographers must have good communication and design skills and work well as members of a team.

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