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Director of Photography Courses

A Director of Photography is responsible for the overall look of a film or television production. You’ll lead the lighting and camera crews and make sure the production has the visual qualities the director is looking for. The Director of Photography decides what camera and lighting equipment will be used and may suggest other features such as lenses or filters.

A Director of Photography should be a strong leader and be able to communicate their vision to the production team. You’ll need to be creative and you may need to call on your problem solving skills during production. A Director of Photography should have excellent attention to detail and be able to remain focused during long days on set.

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Popular Director of Photography Courses

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Director of Photography earn?

In Australia, a full time Director of Photography generally earns $1,400 per week ($72,800 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Director of Photography?

The number of people working in this industry has grown strongly in recent years, however it is still a profession that hires a small amount of people. There are currently 450 people employed as a Director of Photographer in Australia, compared to 300 five years ago. Directors of Photographer may find work in larger towns and cities where productions are based.

Source: Australian Government Labour Market Insights

How do I become a Director of Photography?

An Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media is a great way to kick start your career as a Director of Photography. This course will develop your skills in film making, television projects and stage productions. You could also consider a Bachelor of Screen Production where you’ll get more experience working on your own film projects.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within film, tv and production. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.