Current BBC Bursary Camera Operator

I am an extremely versatile camera operator with a wide range of skills applicable to both natural history and obs doc productions.  

My main skills include long lens, macro and motion control. I am also a fully licensed CAA drone pilot and HSE qualified rebreather diver with around 100 hours under my belt. Over the past couple of years I have also had the opportunity to do more studio based work, lighting and set designing scenes so that they can cut with the location shots.   


My career has taken me all over the world to some of the most inhospitable places.  I have worked in the jungles of Asia, the plains of Zambia and in several of the Worlds oceans.  With an educational background in Zoology and years of experience observing wildlife I have a solid understanding of animal behaviour. 

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I am very familiar with all of the latest camera equipment as well as a variety of other tools used on documentary shoots. My experience of long stints in the field has shown me to be highly capable at trouble shooting and fixing equipment on location as well as being able to improvise on the job to get the shots needed with the equipment at hand.


I thoroughly enjoy being on location, either working alone or as part of a team.  The challenge of coming up with new ways to capture behaviour and gain a unique insight into a species is one I truly relish.  I pride myself on being able to capture beautiful, dynamic sequences that are filmed with the edit in mind.

  • HSE commercial diver (>1000 dives)

  • Qualified rebreather diver and owner of an AP Inspiration (around 100 hours)

  • CAA licensed drone pilot

  • Diver coxwain license. Allowed to drive a RIB up to 10m in length around divers.

  • Qualified 02 provider.

  • B.Sc Zoology and M.Res Animal Behaviour

  • Full UK drivers license.

  • Sachtler Flowtech Legs with Video 18 Fluid Head

  • Tilta Nucleus Nano Follow Focus

  • Nikon 70 - 180mm Macro lens

  • Canon 100mm Macro lens

  • Canon 16-36mm M2 lens

  • Canon 24-105mm lens

  • Canon 70-200mm lens

  • Canon 2x extender

  • AP Inspiration rebreather


Tel: +44 (0)7847 216 099     |     Email: sam@samlewiscamera.com