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A Bit About Me

Hello!

I’m an enthusiastic content creator who enjoys sharing a passion for photography with others.  My love of photography and the natural world began at a young age.  And as luck would have it in 1994 I joined the BBC Natural History Unit, a life-changing event.  For a curious, photography-obsessed, field biologist it was a dream come true.  Revealing our natural world with camera and pen I was able to author films as well as contribute to projects large and small.  And experience the rarified thrill of hearing Sir David Attenborough eloquently describe my pictures on telly. Natural History Unit assignments allowed me to explore the Amazon, the Congo and the jungles of Papua New Guinea as well as the surprising hidden nature on our doorstep.  Without question, the best job on the planet.  As the first self-shooting NHU filmmaker I’m privileged to have my work included on a range of projects including Planet Earth, Life of Mammals, Deep Jungle, Congo, Wild Africa, Life in the Undergrowth and the Natural World series. Honored with BAFTA, EMMY and CINE noms & nods including Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  My still photography is published worldwide and has been recognized by the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year.  I’m a freelance camera slinger now with the same fire in the belly as when I started.  From early days picture editing National Geographic staff in New York to the pre-production task of testing the lenses and cameras used for Planet Earth.  I’ve taught film/photography as a University professor, hosted workshops and lead tours for over twenty years.  I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology/Ecology, a Master of Science in Photography and a Master of Fine Arts in Film.  Photography and curiosity are everything.  And for the past 25 years you’ll find me in the lush green Welsh valleys I call home, camera in hand chasing swallows, bumblebees and the Milky Way.

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WHAT I CAN DO FOR YOU

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Online home-based learning has exploded.  I offer a variety of Zoom workshops to help folks take better pictures: for beginners, the casual snapper or the more advanced shooter.  Online learning easily syncs with your time and availability.  Take advantage of Zooms’ unlimited reach and desktop convenience.  No matter where you live and no matter where you are in your photographic journey. Photography is creative, fun and good for your heart and soul.  Lost your mojo – time for some photo therapy.  Want to take better pictures of your dog, cat, kids, family, garden, landscape, wildlife, sports,  _____ ,  whatever!   It doesn’t matter if you’ve got an iPhone an old Canon or the latest fancy Nikon.  Time with an experienced professional is the quickest way to learn.  Improve your photography and your well-being.  Wish you could take better pictures?  Now is the time and I’m here to show you how.  All tuition is reasonably priced and comes with a no fee guarantee. > If, for whatever reason, you don’t find a workshop useful – you pay nothing. < Ping me a note and let’s get started.

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👉🏼 Until COVID passes my efforts are solely ZOOM-based teaching, penning a few books and smelling the roses.  I’m full throttle as always but home-based for the foreseeable future.  My daughter has been after me to write a book about my adventures and all of the wild stories filming in some of the most remote places on Earth.  She’s right, I’m a storyteller and no doubt about it I’ve got some whoppers!  Reckon now’s a good time to start.  Watch this space.   Be well my dears, safe passage to all.

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I’m available to shoot whatever wherever whenever – no job is too big or too small – editorial, reportage, portraits, products, corporate events, real estate, insurance recording or anything and everything you need photographed, filmed or documented.  If it needs a picture we are on it ~ be it a headshot, discreet surveillance, a lengthy live-action film sequence, time-lapse, motion control, or coverage of your child’s sports day or school panto!  All at reasonable rates with fast professional service.

I’ve used a wide range of cameras and a variety of recording formats from Arriflex and Panavision film and video, Photosconic and Phantom high-speed cameras and most modern digital DSLR and Mirrorless systems. From GoPro to the monster 20×24 inch Polaroid and I’m a trained Arriflex camera and Zeiss lens technician.  From stills for the farmer down the lane to shooting Birds of Paradise high in the jungle canopy of Papua New Guinea for the BBC Natural History Unit.  Contact me we’ll work together to tell your story and make something special.

My personal photography springs from a childhood wonder of nature. I seek to make a difference, however small, in conserving the natural world.  My insatiable obsession for all forms of photography continues to thrive.  What you see here is only a small sample of my media work.  All images are available for editorial and advertisement licensing as well as limited edition prints.  I’m pleased to assist conservation causes without charge, contact me with your needs.  My stock photography is represented by Nature Picture Library in Europe and Asia and Minden Pictures in North and South America.

Good luck with your own work and thanks for the visit.

Phil

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     Qualifications:

  • Experienced Phantom Gold High Speed/Slow Motion, Macro/Micro, 3 way Axis Motion Control, Time Lapse/Lapse Time
  • Experienced Steadicam / Optex Steadicam school graduate (Industry Standard)
  • Experienced Jib Operator / ABC Crane owner/operator / Aircraft cable dolly owner/operator
  • Former Rental house tech ~ trained in Arriflex camera and Zeiss lens service
  • ARATA level 1 certified for rope /climbing work (BBC safety standard)
  • Perfect Safety record 25+ years of remote location work
  • Clean driving licence
  • A little French, Spanish, Graffuna, Mayan, Gabbonase & bits of Papuan
  • Years in the business with a positive, can do attitude

Clients include Fergus and family, the cat down the lane, BBC, ABC, NBC, PBS, NHK, ZDF, CBC, ORF, National Geographic, Discovery, Apple, CineMuse, BBC Wildlife, Banana Republic, Bristol University, Nottingham University, Yale University, Boston University, Montreal Science Museum, Smithsonian Institute, Nature, Science, Scientific American, Bunte, Stern, Der Spiegle, Geo and others.

All images, film clips and text are protected by copyright laws, please do not download, copy or print the low resolution 72dpi examples shown.

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