I have always loved working handheld and using super wide angle lenses. When I worked with “big” kit I used to adore my B-mount 4.5mmx14 Canon lens. For me filming is about getting close, dumping the tripod and being part of the action. So I was very excited when I discovered the Sony E-mount 10-18mm […]Read More Going wide: My review of the Sony 10-18mm E-mount lens
In June 2017 I was lucky enough to travel deep into the rain forest of Madagascar on assignment for the BBC. I worked alongside another brilliant cameraman called Tony Smith and reporter Angus Crawford. Our piece was about the sapphire rush and how the miners are inadvertently destroying the last habitat of the Indri lemur. […]Read More Sapphires and lemurs: Filming in the rainforests of Madagascar
The victorious hunters ran towards town, the stunned deer slung over the big man’s shoulders. Panting heavily, draped in kit and soaked in sweat I managed a few shots with my DJI Osmo before nearly collapsing. The zips on my bag were coming loose, I was burning because I’d forgotten both my sunhat and cream […]Read More Caught short in Ghana: how I learned to be a better packer
Drone Camp, Cape Town: 13-15 July, 2016 I’ve just attended the first ever Drone Camp South Africa organised by Chris Roper, senior knight fellow at Code for Africa and the International Centre for Journalists. It was a three day introduction to the ideas, concepts and legalities of “Drone journalism”. There were numerous speakers from across […]Read More “Dronalism” – using drones for journalism
Great news – “Camera confidential”My book on video journalism is now in the Kindle store and available to buy. CLICK THIS LINK TO PURCHASE If you haven’t heard of the book yet, then this should fill you in: Do you want to be a better video journalist? Shoot better pictures, master the art of travel […]Read More Camera confidential: My book on video journalism is now in the Kindle store
I’m a massive fan of the Multimedia Week podcast and jumped at the chance to appear on the show for a second time. If you don’t already know their work then I highly recommend having a look at the website and subscribing to the podcast. In this piece the host DJ and I discuss various […]Read More Talking 360 video, gimbals and Camera Confidential: My interview on the Multimedia Week podcast
I recently bought the DJI Osmo gimbal. I already have a Nebula 4000 gimbal but I wanted to try something with a built in camera. Below is my short review video In many ways it’s great bit of kit – it’s easy to use and can be carried around in your day sack. The picture […]Read More The DJI Osmo: Is it worth it for news shooters?