DP Sarah Thomas Moffat knows what it takes to become a successful working cinematographer. She parsed out her path through film school, PA jobs and years of assisting before stepping up as a professional cinematographer.
The DP is the head of the camera department, so it’s not enough to just know how to operate a camera. You have to have a solid understanding of grip, lighting, storytelling, continuity, etc. etc. How can you possibly collect this mountain of knowledge? You can piece it together yourself, or watch the above video from Raindance Step & Repeat and let Moffat help guide you.