Rank #1: Richard Atkinson: From the Rhodesian war to Afghanistan and still going strong
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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Feb 19 2018
Rank #2: The Muhammad Ali method for shooting news: An interview with US photog Rick Portier
In episode six of the Imagejunkies podcast, I chat with top US news photog Rick Portier. Rick is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is a brilliant cameraman, editor and writer. You may have come across him online where he has a dedicated following as @turdpolisher.
In today's episode we discuss why camerapeople are naturals at interviewing people, the importance of sound to tell a story and Rick explains the "Muhammad Ali technique" for shooting news.
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Nov 27 2017
Rank #3: Underwater cameraman: An interview with Jason Boswell
In today's episode Christian Parkinson interviews an underwater filmmaker from South Africa called Jason Boswell. Jason was a news cameraman but decided to specialise after falling in love with diving.
If you are interested in how to break into underwater camerawork, what kit to use and how to succeed in the field then this is the episode for you.
To find out more about Jason then visit his Instagram page.
You can also find other articles and old podcasts over at Christian's website www.imagejunkies.net.
Nov 25 2018
Rank #4: Q and A with Imagejunkies: What's the most dangerous assignment you've done? How did you get started in the industry?
In today's episode I answer questions from social media. I talk about how I became a video journalist, what are the most dangerous assignments I have had and how bright the future is for camera people like us.
If there is questions you would like me to answer in the future then don't hesitate to drop me a line on Instagram or Twitter where I am @imagejunkies
Nov 18 2018
Rank #5: Pictures in a hurry: Phil Darley on his new novel about a news cameraman
In the latest Imagejunkies podcast I speak with the fanatastic Phil Darley. He is a BBC cameraman, based in London and the author of a new novel. In this interview we talk about the importance of passion, the best way to edit news films and how much of his novel is based on his own experiences covering news around the world.
Oct 23 2018
Rank #6: In the line of fire: Caught in Zimbabwe's post-election violence
In this episode, I talk frankly about my recent experiences covering the election in Zimbabwe. On 1 August 2018, I found myself alone, in the thick of a dangerous riot. There was gunfire and I found a man badly wounded. I tried to help but couldn't.
This is the story of that incident, how I feel about it and what I wish I could have done better.
I'm hoping that me talking frankly will help you if you ever find yourself in a similar situation.
To view some of my video from that day, you can see a censored version here.
To keep in touch or contact me about your own experiences then drop me a line via @imagejunkies on both Instagram and Twitter.
Aug 15 2018
Rank #7: "Anyone with a camera was an enemy of the state" - Tendai Musiya talks about filming in Zimbabwe
In this episode, I chat with Zimbabwean cameraman and editor Tendai Musiya about covering Zimbabwe.
Tendai has been a cameraman for 20 years and he has seen Zimbabwe at it's worst. He was even badly beaten by the police.
In 2017 he was part of the BBC team that broke the news of the military coup that overthrew President Mugabe.
This is his story and it is packed with advice and lessons learned.
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Tendai keeps a low profile on social media so you will struggle to find him but if you have any further questions then send them to me and I'll try and help.
Jul 31 2018
Rank #8: How to be a successful freelance news cameraman: An interview with Paul Martin
In today's episode, we discuss how to make it as a freelancer in the news business. Paul Martin has been freelance for many years in the south of England and is full of useful advice.
His own career as a news photographer has been a hell of a journey - he left the army and then taught himself how to shoot, eventually blagging his way to an interview with the BBC.
Please do subscribe to the show and leave a 5-star review. The more popular the Imagejunkies podcast becomes the more likely we are to keep it going.
You can also check out my website www.imagejunkies.net to find out more about my own career, the kit that I use and my filmmaking philosophy.
Dec 04 2017
Rank #9: Don't make art, make your slot: covering hard news with Stewart Pittman
In today's episode we speak with the famous @lenslinger - Stewart Pittman. Stewart is a cameraman and editor working in Charlotte, North Carolina.
He is vastly experienced and is still producing two news pieces a day. As he says in the interview "Don't make art, make your slot."
I was particularly keen to learn more about how to cover hurricanes and extreme weather - something Stewart has done many times.
To find out more about @lenslinger you can check out his blog.
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Jan 22 2018
Rank #10: What makes the perfect news cameraman? An interview with Andrew Harding (re-upload)
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:
Jan 30 2018
Rank #11: From the Royal Marines to a career in journalism: Lee Durant
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/
If you like the podcast and are fascinated by the world of news and documentary filmmaking then please do subscribe and share the podcast with friends and colleagues.
To find out more about me then please visit www.imagejunkies.net or give me a follow on Twitter or Instagram where I am @imagejunkies on both.
Feb 04 2018
Rank #12: The news agency life: Covering South America with Paul Byrne
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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If you want to learn more about me or the world of TV news then check out my website www.imagejunkies.net
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Feb 12 2018
Rank #13: Starting out in the news industry: Federica De Caria
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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Apr 23 2018
Rank #14: What kit do I use to shoot news and why?
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
Feb 27 2018
Rank #15: Filming in the extreme cold: Stu McKenzie
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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Mar 31 2018