Wildlife photographer, Luke Massey, reveals how he became a professional cameraman and how it all started when filming with a DSLR.

 

From a passionate amateur, to an internationally working professional cameraperson, Luke Massey has used broadcast and cinema quality video recording kit worth thousands of pounds. But Luke started out as a stills photographer and still uses DSLR cameras today.

Specialising in wildlife and nature, Luke has gone from just shooting stills on a DSLR to shooting awe-inspiring time-lapse sequences and powerful videos. He’s worked with the BBC as well as independent production companies and has been featured in nationally published magazines. In this video we sit down with Luke and find out a little about his experiences of using a DSLR and learn about how he became a cameraman.

Luke first encountered DSLR video recording when cameras like the Canon EOS 5D mk II and 7D started to come out. He started out as a photographer, but when he got his hands on a camera with video capabilities, instead of just shooting stills, Luke decided to give recording moving images a go too.

Soon after giving the video mode a try, Luke discovered a passion for video that struck him as much as he loved shooting stills. But Luke’s first foray into video had mixed results. He didn’t do any research and was trying to use still photography settings. After capturing people moving like robots, Luke realised pretty soon that a little bit of research couldn’t hurt, so he read up and continued to experiment until he got the hang of shooting video on his DSLR.

He also invested in three basic but vital pieces of kit, a viewfinder, a video tripod and some ND filters.

Luke has found that using a DSLR suits his working style and the environments he works in. This is partly because it means he only has to carry around one camera for stills and videos. But it’s also the discrete nature of a DSLR. In the video above, Luke describes a hairy encounter with some hunters where using a DSLR was a critical advantage.

Watch Luke’s top three tips for shooting video on a DSLR if you haven’t already. It includes some great advice that will be especially helpful for anyone interested but hesitant about shooting video.