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When should one confidently say “I am a Director of Photography”? Holding a camera comes with a slew of titles, should those titles be reflective of one’s skill set or a dynamic free for all?

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If you’re holding a camera that makes you a camera operator. DoP means you’re running three departments on set - camera, grip and electric. It’s like a writer saying they the creative Director because they wrote something. DoP is a manager. Most DoPs I work with don’t touch the camera they sit in a chair next to the director tweaking looks with the DIT.

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