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Wildlife & Documentary Lighting Cameraman

I’m an award-winning hostile environments trained wildlife cameraman, focussing on the documentary areas of wildlife; science; climate & human interest; and adventure programming. As a documentary lighting cameraman based in London and coming from a diverse background of drama and commercials through to wildlife and expedition filming, I work as director of photography across multiple genres of specialist factual filmmaking. With a degree in documentary photography, a highly trained photographic eye and proven technical competency, I film the crossover between the natural world and people, specialising in covering stories of positive engagement across species and geographic boundaries. Core skills include long lens, sync, gimbal, and aerial photography. A particular specialist in expedition and mountain camerawork, and working in extreme environments, I also regularly work in more down-to-earth settings and have broad experience ranging from long lens blue-chip wildlife behaviour sequences, all the way through to sync specialist factual, commercials and drama. Wildlife credit highlights include shows such as the Emmy award-winning Our Planet, BAFTA winning Planet Earth II, One Strange Rock, Perfect Planet and The Hunt. Science programming includes Sky At Night, The One Show, Horizon, Expedition Volcano and The Molecule That Made Us, and I regularly work for all of the major broadcasters. I have worked under all climatic conditions across high altitude, desert, rainforest, savannah, coastal, shallow seas, open ocean and arctic environments filming animals and people; big and large; friendly and fierce; for the advancement of science and conservation around the globe. Though I’m a wildlife and adventure cameraman London and Cardiff based, I work across the UK and abroad.

COVID-19 Statement

During the Covid-19 pandemic, when TV work dried up I was very lucky to be able to volunteer my skills from having been a mountain rescue medic, and have been working as ambulance crew for London Ambulance Service. As such, I have had high level training in IPC (Infection Prevention & Control) and use of Level 2 and 3 PPE and appropriate procedures. I have an active working knowledge of COVID-Secure practices and can provide any PPE required for filming purposes. 

Ryan Atkinson – Wildlife, Travel and Adventure Cameraman London Cardiff.

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Industry Experience and Tech

With over 12 years of industry experience, I’m a specialist lighting cameraman and wildlife cameraman working in the areas of natural history, conservation and adventure programming. I have extensive credits across a variety of major networks, broadcasters and indies. A keen adventure sports athlete with a degree in media production and documentary photography from the prestigious USW and a refined and highly trained photographic eye, I am comfortable enough in any situation that I can focus 100% on getting the best possible shots using innovative technology in the most creative ways. I am confident with all current broadcast formats and cameras from large format to minicams, including specialist technologies such as high speed, thermal imaging, 3D, stabilisation and motion control. I’m also a fully trained GSS gimbal operator. I regularly attend training courses to keep current with the most modern technologies. I hold 2 valid passports, a US I Visa, and am up to date with all vaccinations. I am a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a member of the Guild of Television Cameramen and the International Association of Wildlife Filmmakers.

Remote and Hostile Locations Expert

Specialising in working in extreme and expedition environments, I’m a specialist in complicated rigging and access, emergent technologies, and generally staying alive where people shouldn’t. I’m a highly adept member of the camera crew with outdoors experience that allows me to focus on achieving the best possible shots regardless of whether I’m sipping a flat white in a studio, or looking for wolves at minus 30 in a white out. Beyond my camera skills that contribute to my work as a wildlife and adventure cameraman, I hold many complimentary qualifications and endorsements including advanced pre-hospital trauma care and first aid, swift-water rescue, off road driving, industrial and rescue rope works for vertical environments and various useful access skills for staying alive and thriving in the worlds harshest environments. I’m a highly competent skiier, snowmobile driver, and climber and can regularly be found accessing and filming in some of the worlds harshest environments, including experience up to 7000m above sea level. I’m a particular specialist in high altitude and arctic filming, where I excel at being cold, uncomfortable and mildly unwell whilst still achieving the shots. To top this off, I’m HEFAT trained for working in conflict and disaster zones. 

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