CAMERA OPERATOR vs DOP
I wanted to check you opinion on something. It is a trend in the motion picture industry that DOP's are operating there cameras themselves but why do we have Camera Operators?
In my opinion a DOP is a the person in charge of the look and feel of production, but is also in charge of the entire camera department. On some production you have multiple cameras A, B, C so a lot to take care of with a big responsibility. So I wonder why most DOP's want to operate themselves instead of putting a Camera Operator in the line of fire.