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Cinematographers and Directors of Photography

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The cinematographer, also known as the director of photography or DP, is a master of the movie camera and lighting equipment. This professional is instrumental in establishing the mood of a film by putting the narrative aspects of a script into visual form. The cinematographer is responsible for every shot's framing, lighting, color level, and exposure—elements that set the artistic tone of the film.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Certification/License

None

Outlook

Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits

Artistic

Hands On

Technical

Career Ladder
Cinematographer

Assistant Director of Photography

Camera Operator

Assistant Camera Operator

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