If you are making an independent film, you might be considering getting a professional, or armature cameraman to help you with the process, there are pros and cons to doing this that you might be thinking of, and there are probably a couple more that you are not even aware of.
The first think about hiring or obtaining a cameraman to work with you on your filming venture is the price. A professional will cost a lot of money. More then you will probably be willing to spend. So you will probably end up hiring a amateur. This can lead to a strange looking strangely shot film that you did not mean to make. But a cameraman would lower the pressures on you and you can concentrate more on what your actors look and sound like, and less about the framing of every shot. And how you are going to focus or white balance the camera next,
If you choose to do most of the camerawork yourself you will find a lot of rewards. Mostly because you will know exactly how the footage looks as it is going into the camera. Also you will see things that will inspire new shots when you have your own eye in the view finder. Sometimes you can get a better idea of a line or action on the spot while you are on the camera yourself. You might experience a couple problems though. With the increased responsibilities of both working the camera and directing you may find yourself overtaxed. You may forget to turn off the record button after a take and then not get another because you pressed the button to turn on the record and actually stopped recording. This can be a very costly mistake and can easily been done especially if you are tired or tying to make something work that you have to work around.
Another option, and the best if you are able to obtain it, is to get a friend to be the cameraman with you, especially if they are also an actor I the film. This will save some time and allow you to cooperate with them behind the scenes. Invite them over before you shoot and talk to them about what you’re thinking, bounce ideas off of them, and listen to them. This can be a bit dangerous though as they can start to see the project as theirs and begin to have opposing ideas that conflict with yours. Remember communication is everything, But sometimes you want people to be in the dark in order to get a surprised reaction from them, and retain control of a project.