I love my role as unit stills photographer. What I don’t love is the fact that there is very little information available on this important craft in film making. There are no specialised courses and little other available information sources, until now!

Here is a collection of my articles about how a photographer can make the most of every moment they spend on a film set.

Tech Talk Articles by Angus Young

If you have a question that you want me to address in my postings please drop me a line.

Sound Blimp Manufacturers

Unit Stills Photographer Profiles

Product and Service Reviews

Blogs, Articles and Resources for Unit Stills Photographers

Blogs, Articles, Interviews on film marketing and publicity

Video Resources

Jasin Boland: Movie Poster Photographer SBS Australia Interview

Cnet Exposure Pro profile on Australian stills shooter Alina Gozin’a

2011 Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achiever, David James on learning from everyone he works with and producing stunning publicity stills:

The magnificent Jasin Boland talking about his favourite gear and the joys of working alongside a talented DoP. Jasin is an amazingly engaging speaker, really knows his stuff and creates sensational movie stills. Jasin works predominantly on action films so talks about how lucky he is to often shoot without a blimp on film shoots. This interview was recorded during the making of Aeon Flux.

Baz Lurhmann and his on set photographer, James Fisher talk about the importance of the role of a photographer on a film shoot, in particular about the making of Baz’s epic feature film Australia.

Torchwood: Up Close – The Photographer Adrian Rogers talks through life as the stills photographer for BBC’s science fiction series Torchwood

Bruce Talamon – Stills Photographer includes demo of Jacobson sound blimp and a brief history of the product.

John Platt – Australian cinematographer turned unit still photographer talks of his unit still photography using Fujifilm’s mirrorless X-T1 camera.

Know of other good resources? Drop me a comment or an email and I’ll include it in my list!

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  • Daniel HagyJune 23, 2011 - 1:30 pm

    Looking forward to learning a lot from you and thanks for sharing…
    Daniel Hagy
    aka k a i t o o of kaitoodesigns

  • AngusJune 25, 2011 - 7:57 pm

    Thanks for the feedback Daniel!

  • Curtis CleggJuly 28, 2011 - 1:27 pm

    You have some great resources listed here! I have used some of them on my site, and I also have some links that you may want to check out. Also, here is a good interview with Canadian stills photographer Chris Large, who has been very helpful in giving me tips over the last year or so:
    http://digitalanimate.com/interviews/chris-large/

  • StephanieOctober 14, 2012 - 12:57 pm

    Thank you for this! I am currently studying a photography degree, with the intention of working in unit stills one day. As you said, there is very limited resources out there for people interested in working on film and TV! So it’s always wonderful when I come across so much information in one place.
    Regards,
    Stephanie.

  • PSbyAYOctober 14, 2012 - 2:02 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to give me feedback, Stephanie. All the best with your career. If you have any questions you don’t see covered, please feel free to put them to me any time and I’ll answer as best I can.

  • Geoffrey HurstAugust 28, 2013 - 11:08 am

    Hi Angus – thank you so much for putting all this information together in one place its great – will you be updating your blog soon again? I am graduating from my photo course next year and definitely want to follow you into film stills photography.

    We had a course visit from a British photographer who is Clint Eastwoods stills photographer, it was very inspirational

    Thanks again
    Geoffrey

  • Mark LyndersayJanuary 21, 2014 - 3:07 am

    Hello. Thanks for including my story on Rafy in your listing. The url changed recently to this for anyone who’s interested in reading that story: http://lyndersaydigital.com/bd/archive/13_files/BitDepth906.html

  • PSbyAYJanuary 31, 2014 - 3:09 am

    My pleasure! Thanks for letting me know the link has been updated!

  • […] for aspiring unit stills photographers that is out there on the internet. (My web site’s “Tech Talk” page is a great start).  Learn the language of film sets, the conventions, etiquette and social […]

  • Leila WeinNovember 22, 2015 - 5:55 pm

    Cannot believe you have no interview or reference to the biographical video of David James receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for Stills Photography from ICG. Google/imdb’….

  • PSbyAYDecember 16, 2015 - 1:38 am

    I’m really sorry my website is such a disappointment to you. The video you mention is linked off my Tech Talk page at http://www.production-stills.co.uk/tech-talk. All the best. Angus

  • Fahtim HimtiMarch 26, 2016 - 2:00 am

    Hello Angus, thank you for your site and all the information in it, I am finding it a great resource – I am trying to break into film stills photography and your work is inspirational to me. Last month I read a very good profile of Keith Bernstein who is British and is Clint Eastwoods stills photographer, it was in Amateur Photographer magazine and had lots of good advice for people like me
    Thanks again
    Fahtim

  • JonathanSeptember 28, 2016 - 8:51 pm

    Many, many thanks to you for making all this info available.