James A R Salisbury

Natural History Documentary

Camera Operator

  • About Me – Experience

    I’m a fresh, enthusiastic, and passionate natural history camera operator with a keen eye for creative composition, beautiful lighting, and engaging stories. I have a solid technical knowledge with a flair for problem solving and improvisation. I am proficient in using a variety of camera systems including Panasonic Varicam/S1H/GH5s, RED, Phantom Flex/Veo, ARRI Alexa, Sony Cinealta/EX-series/F-series, DSLR camera traps, and GoPro. I also have a good understanding of lighting sets for studio work, having used a variety of lighting types from LED panels and fibre lights, to Tungsten and Fluorescents. In addition to this, I have experience in recording sound on location that includes atmosphere/wild track, spot effects, sync, and animal calls.

  • About Me – Knowledge

    I have a firm understanding of animal behaviour which has helped me to capture unique and intimate shots. My BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology coupled with specialist courses (including an Open University Science Short Course on Life in the Oceans and a Mammalian Society certificate in Mammal Identification) have given me excellent research skills with an elevated level of scientific scrutiny. I am keen to sustain a working understanding of the latest broadcast camera technologies by attending relevant workshops such as the Gates Underwater Housings Set-Up, Test, and Operate course, and tradeshows such as the International Broadcast Convention (IBC) and the Broadcast and Video Expo (BVE).

  • About Me – On Location

    On location, I am driven to produce powerful and unique images that will help to tell interesting and engaging stories. I have a good sense of humour, I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty, and I’m always keen to learn new skills.

  • About Me – Right to Work

    I am a British citizen and have the right to work in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, as well as any country in the European Economic Area and Switzerland. I currently hold a valid I-Visa for the United States of America, a CAA PfCO Drone License (UK), and an FAA Part 107 Drone License (USA) as well as being up-to-date with all regularly required vaccinations.

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I currently hold a CAA (Civilian Aviation Authority) C-DOT (Commercial Drone Operators Training) theoretical assessment certificate and a FAA (Federal Aviation Authority) Part 107 UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) Remote Pilot Certificate. I own and operate a DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 which is equipped with a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor capable of shooting 4K/60fps video and Burst Mode stills at 14 fps.

James Showed himself to be a true camera hero when filming deep in the Amazon. His Knowledge and willingness to go above and beyond are part of why the film was so successful. I’d surely work with him again.

Myles Connolly
Myles Connolly
Producer - Amazon Adventure IMAX 3D
In 2019 James filmed for us on a high end, ambitious blue chip macro project. Over the course of three very different trips to Namibia, all in challenging environments, James proved to be both a great camera operator and a valuable member of the team. His flexibility, imagination and attention to detail resulted in us capturing some beautiful images. Whether it was a new behaviour or familiar story, James is always keen to give us a strong, new visual angle. I look forward to working with him again.
John Capener
John Capener
Producer - Plimsoll
James shot two of the 15 films that made up our series. Both stories were very different and required different filming techniques. Between them, James shot long lens, high speed, macro and used gimbals. They each required different field craft, and had their share of unforeseen circumstances to which James was happy to adjust. I was delighted with both and would not hesitate to employ James again on my next series.
Seb Illis
Seb Illis
Series Producer - Plimsoll

James was delightful to work with on location in the USA, not just for his technical proficiency but his positive attitude and willingness to push himself. He gets sincere joy from nature and observing animal behaviour. His passion for wildlife translates to the screen.

Leah Arnold
Leah Arnold
Assistant Producer - Plimsoll

I just wanted to say that it was a real pleasure working with you on the Gobabeb shoot… I expect to see a lot more of your work – you have the eye.

Alastair MacEwan
Alastair MacEwan
Natural History Director of Photography

I’ve used James on several projects that require quick thinking and creative composition. Working for Sale Sharks rugby club, James brought professionalism and the ability to react to high pressure environments. Working with James ensures gaining additional skillsets and a great work ethic.

Colin McKevitt
Colin McKevitt
Co-Owner/Director - Badger & Combes
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James A R Salisbury Camera Services Ltd. is a company registered in England and Wales with Company Number 12101664.
VAT No.327 1904 10

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