Director of Photography job description

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Job brief

We are seeking a talented and creative Director of Photography with deep knowledge in lighting equipment and camera work. The candidate will be responsible for supervising a lighting and camera crew, testing and ordering lighting equipment and cameras, and editing visual elements.


  • Define lighting requirements on set.
  • Computes ratios and reads charts and to determine required lighting, film, angles of view, filter factors, camera distance, shutter angles, depth of field, and focus to produce desired effects.
  • Determine the best frames for scenes and camera angles.
  • Monitor a camera crew and instructs camera operators regarding camera angles and setup, movement, and distances.
  • Select the appropriate film inventory and equipment.
  • Decide elements such as shutter angles, camera distance, filters, depth of field, and focus.
  • Manage the cameras’ aperture settings.
  • Develop a film's visual design.
  • Control artificial and natural lighting conditions.
  • Coordinating with electricians to ascertain the suitable electrical voltage.
  • Test and order cameras and lighting equipment.
  • Edit visual components in post-production.


  • Degree in Film, Photography, or Art
  • 3+ years of experience
  • A reel of visual work
  • Creative visual thinking
  • Excellent interpersonal abilities
  • Detail-oriented
  • Savvy technical and camera operating skills
  • Good management and organizational abilities

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