Director of Photography
Muriel Aboulrouss

About the job:

What you do

As a Director of Photography, your job is to supervise the camera and lighting of a shoot and to select the right cameras, lenses, filters, film, and accessories for it. A Director of Photography may also be referred to as a Cinematographer


The tough stuff

As a Director of Photography, you will have to: 

  • Work long and irregular hours 
  • Be prepared to carry heavy equipment
The cool stuff

As a Director of Photography, you will get to: 

  • Showcase your creative and technical abilities
  • Find decent and affordable cameras; it was more difficult before!
  • Build strong bonds with crew members 
  • Work as an independent contractor 
Typical work hours
  •  Long, irregular and unsociable hours

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Art
Best high school track(s)
  • Any Track
Personal qualities
  • Expressing yourself verbally
  • Originality
  • Visualization
  • Visual Color Discrimination
  • Leadership Skills

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required

To become a Director of Photography, you will needs expertise in lighting, color theory, camera operation, and the techniques of cinematography. You can learn this by: 

  • Obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Radio/TV/Film or Photography 
  • Spending time on film sets
  • Applying as an intern or PA (Production Assistant)
  • Working on projects or film events for family and friends 
Helpful resources
Local universities
International universities

Video Description

You might've heard the term "Director of Photography" or "Cinematographer" before. Both words mean the same thing; The person in charge of the camera and lighting crew working on a film or TV set. We interviewed award-winning Muriel Aboulrouss to share her career lessons and tips for undecided students.


Muriel Aboulrouss is a multiple award-winning cinematographer. Considered to be the first camerawoman in the Arab world, her cinematography includes footage for a great deal of documentaries and feature films, such as the award winning films “Mercedes” and “Ya Omri” bu Hady Zaccak. Her documentary series Zyara has won 35 International awards.