Director of photography - Salary and Career
Motion Capturers

Director of photography - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They capture images through film and video cameras for the realization of cinematographic, television and multimedia productions, with artistic, journalistic, documentary and advertising content. They capture moving images, visually interpret the script, execute the photographic concept and organize the production of images, constantly dialoguing with the work team.

How much does an Director of photography earn

A Director of photography earns between $1.267 and $18.735 per month, with an average monthly salary of $5.028 and a median salary of $2.116 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 78 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Director of photography

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 5.028 60.341 1.257 25
1º Quartile 1.267 15.206 317 6
Median Salary 2.116 25.392 529 10
3º Quartile 14.288 171.460 3.572 71
Higher Salary 18.735 224.824 4.684 93


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium-level technicians in cultural, communications and sports services
      • technicians in camera, film and television operation
        • motion capturers

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Main workplaces

Motion Capturers they work in cultural, sports and entertainment activities, in private or public companies, foundations and public administration bodies, as salaried workers (illuminator and camera operator) or on their own (director of photography). The work is carried out as a team, under permanent supervision, in the most diverse environments, at irregular hours. In the exercise of some activities, they may remain in uncomfortable positions for prolonged periods, as well as being exposed to the effects of intense noise, high temperatures, great heights and subject to pressure to meet deadlines.


What does it take to work in the field of Motion Capturers

For the exercise of these occupations, a minimum of high school education and a vocational course of up to two hundred class hours (lighting and TV and video camera operator) and a high school technical course (director of photography) are required. The full performance of activities occurs after three or four years of experience.


Functions and activities of Director of photography

Motion Capturers must:

  • communicate;
  • capturing moving images;
  • capture moving images;
  • visually interpret the screenplay;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • execute photographic concept;
  • perform concept photography;
  • execute concept photography;
  • run concept photography;
  • organize image production;
  • visually interpret the script;

  • Activities

    • teach photo labs;
    • framing images according to the director's guidance;
    • exercise leadership;
    • demonstrate sensitivity;
    • demonstrate technical skills;
    • participate in rehearsals;
    • anticipate problems;
    • choose suppliers together with production;
    • positioning machinery;
    • talk with sound technicians;
    • participate in scheduling;
    • talk with the director of the film or video;
    • dialogue with producers;
    • dialogue with art director and set designer;
    • choose bracket and capture camera;
    • show language skills;
    • talk with costume and makeup artist;
    • follow telecine;
    • talk with art director and set designer;
    • do photo tests;
    • understand the project;
    • propose photographic concept;
    • assemble teams (camera, electricity and machinery);
    • manage technical limits;
    • dialogue with film or video director;
    • establish camera movement;
    • coordinate machinery team;
    • monitor light marking in the laboratory;
    • adjust camera;
    • coordinate camera team;
    • lighten scenes;
    • positioning lighting fixtures;
    • demonstrate artistic sense;
    • define the photographic concept together with the director;
    • position camera according to director's orientation;
    • demonstrate technical update ability;
    • dialogue with tv director;
    • coordinate electricity team;
    • inform departments of image capture needs;
    • demonstrate adaptability;
    • show ethics in capturing images;
    • translate photographic concept into images;
    • focus images;


    Sectors that hire Director of photography the most in the job market

    • movie, video and television program production activities
    • open television activities
    • retail photography and filming goods
    • film, video and television program post production activities
    • retailer of souvenirs, jewelry and crafts
    • advertising agencies
    • photo production activities
    • technical level vocational education
    • higher education - undergraduate
    • temporary labor lease




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