July 17, 2018
In today's episode, I discuss travel tips from my book Camera confidential. Do you travel for work? Are you often filming in remote and exotic locations? If so this episode may be of interest. I am always looking for new tips so please tweet me on @imagejunkies with any of your own.
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June 23, 2018
In the latest edition of the Imagejunkies podcast I talk about my new kit, including the Sony PXW Z90, how I packed for my recent trip to South Sudan and what it was like filming in a country gripped by war and hunger.
I hope for anyone who shoots news and documentaries you will find this episode packed with useful information and advice.
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May 12, 2018
In today's solo episode I talk about how all news camera people have bad days, the reason for them and why we shouldn't let them get us down.
Often we look around us in the news pack and think that everybody else is invincible - it's not the case, we all mess up from time to time and we all feel like we aren't any good. But, don't let those days define you, keep going, move forward and smash the next assignment.
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April 23, 2018
In today's episode I talk with a young video journalist on the rise in the industry.
Federica De Caria is a 27-year-old staffer with British agency PA. She spent a long time cutting her teeth in the Falkland islands and now covers both domestic and international news. In this interview, we focus on the positives and negatives of being a woman in the industry and what advice she has for young journalists keen to build a career as a video journalist.
If you want to follow Federica then you can check her out on Twitter where she is @federicadecaria
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March 31, 2018
In today's episode, I am joined by BBC cameraman Stu McKenzie who was based in Moscow and has worked extensively in the north and south poles.
We talk about life for British journalists in Russia and how to survive and film successfully in the extreme cold.
This was a fascinating interview packed with helpful tips and advice.
To view some of Stu's amazing images be sure to check his website - https://edgeoffocus.com/
There is also a chapter in my book "Camera confidential" about filming in extreme environments - https://gumroad.com/l/cameraconfidential
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February 27, 2018
In this short solo episode, I discuss what kit I use to shoot news and documentary and why. I cover cameras, lenses, audio and editing software.
The Imagejunkies podcast is for news and documentary shooters, producers, directors and reporters.
If you want to find out more about me and my work then check out www.imagejunkies.net.
You can also visit my Youtube channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/imagejunkies
February 19, 2018
Cameraman Richard Atkinson is an inspiration. He started as a cameraman in the 1970's, covered the end of the Rhodesian war, was in Beirut in '82 and has filmed the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He's still going strong and loves this job.
I recorded this interview with him 5 years ago and it's still relevant and he is still working. Mr Atkinson I salute you!
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February 12, 2018
Today's chat is with the excellent Paul Byrne, a producer/cameraman/editor based in Buenos Aires for APTN.
I'm always in awe of how hard the agency folk have to work and sometimes I wonder if they even get a chance to sleep.
In this interview, we cover what the news agencies do, how Paul is trying to bring new kit and new ideas to the coalface of news gathering and what is it like to work and live in South America.
As you'll realise quickly Paul is Irish and has a real passion for what he does.
You can find out more about him on his website:
or on his Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/byrnepaulj/
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February 4, 2018
In today's podcast interview I speak with Lee Durant a cameraman based in London. Lee is a former Royal Marines Commando and we speak in detail about his military career both as an infantryman and as a photographer and then his transition to a full-time career in journalism.
What skills are transferable? How can you learn to film and edit while in the military? How difficult is the transition? We answer these and lots more questions.
Lee has a website which you can visit - https://www.leedurant.com/
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January 30, 2018
In 2011 I and colleague Andrew Harding were in Benghazi, Libya waiting for a ride into the besieged city of Misrata - while kicking our heels we decided to record an audio interview about what makes for the perfect news camera person.
While this interview might be 7 years old now it is still completely relevant and informative.
Be sure to listen to the end as I add more context about our time in Libya and how our trip to Misrata played out.
Below are links to some of the films we made while there - please remember that these are "on the day" news pieces shot in standard definition: