Simon Edwards GBCT

Lighting Cameraman & DoP

Cheltenham, UK


Thank you for dropping by.

My interest in taking pictures began at an early age and there aren’t many school trips and events from my childhood that I didn’t document on a camera of some sort or another.

That evolved into working for local newspapers whilst studying at college and it seemed that I would pursue the photography route after my exams. However the opportunity to work with a hugely experienced lighting cameraman arose during the summer holidays and the rest is history!

Having now spent over 20 years in the camera department, that decision to move from a couple of frames a second to 25 (and more) was definitely the right choice.

Simon Edwards GBCT

Lighting Cameraman & DoP

A member of the Guild of British Camera Technicians


 Follow me on Instagram @simonedwardscamera


What happened next...

I spent ten years working as an assistant cameraman on a diverse selection of projects; from BBC magazine programmes through to 35mm feature films and a host of other dramas, commercials and corporate films in between.

During that time I learnt not only the technical aspects of what is expected of a cameraman, but also the techniques of shooting and directing for single camera, documentary and drama lighting, interview and journalistic methods.

Probably the most important things that I learnt were the interpersonal skills required to be able to work with an ever changing crew, different contributors and members of the public. These skills have helped to get the most out of my crew, interviewees and contributors. No one person on a shoot is more or less important in my opinion. First and foremost we are a team.

After ten years training, I felt ready to branch out on my own and started working as an camera operator and subsequently lighting cameraman.

My work now crosses all of the programme boundaries, single & multi-camera, magazine to sport to documentary, pop promo’s to training videos.

I pride myself in my adaptability and also being able to keep on working professionally in any circumstances, whatever the weather, wherever I am and however long the day has become.

Selected credits


  • Big Week at The Zoo - Daisybeck Studios/Channel 5 (DoP)
  • Tonight with Trevor McDonald - ITV Studios (Lighting camera)
  • Dickinson’s Real Deal – RDF for ITV Network (Lighting camera)
  • Antiques Roadshow (Ser. 39 on)- (Lighting camera, camera supervisor & operator)
  • Springtime on the Farm - Daisybeck Studios/Channel 5 (Camera supervisor)
  • Facebook Vision Research - Facebook Inc (DoP)
  • YONEX All England Championships 2018 - TV Asahi (Lighting camera)
  • Peston on Sunday - ITV Studios (Lighting camera)
  • Antiques Roadshow - Royal Yacht Britannia Special - (Lighting camera)
  • Kitchen Cashback (w/t) - Denhams pilot (Camera operator)
  • Mary, Mel and Sue's Big Christmas Thankyou - BBC Unscripted (Camera operator)
  • GWR IET Live Launch - Flying TV (Lighting camera)
  • Gardeners World: RHS Malvern - BBC Studios (Lighting camera)
  • QC10 - ARCONIC (DoP)
  • Flog It! - BBC Studios (Lighting camera)
  • Microsoft Azure - TriFilms Inc (DoP)
  • IBM Infor - Centerline Digital (DoP)
  • Prom 29: Planets with the NYO - BBC4 (Lighting camera)
  • Microsoft Azure - Trifilm Inc (Lighting camera)
  • Antiques Roadshow - BBC (Camera operator)
  • ALCOA CEO Talent Review - ALCOA Manufacturing (P/D Lighting camera)
  • "Manufacture your future" - Discovery Education (Lighting camera)
  • Horse of The Year Show: Leading Showjumper of the Year - Tilling Creative for BT Sport (Lighting camera)
  • Sir Anthony Sher and Greg Dolan in conversation - BBC Arts for BBC4 (Camera operator)
  • Jaguar Land Rover marketing update - Blueprint Partners (Lighting camera)
  • Labour Leadership Debate - Sky News (Camera operator)
  • Natwest T20 Blast interstitial - Mechanical Mouse (DoP)
  • Nationwide Leadership Conference content - Tilling Creative (Lighting camera)
  • Navigate - Oxford University Press (Lighting camera)

My current kit list is listed below. Of course there are a million other bits and pieces that come with me that might seem unimportant, until you need them.

Although I own my own HD kits, I have great connections with both boutique and major hire companies and because of that I can supply whatever format you might be looking for, or if you have your own kit I am quite happy to shoot on that. I do not insist that I only use my own kit when you book me.

Shooting with on F5 and RED 18-85 zoom.

I am regularly shooting on a wide variety of cameras including the Arri Amira and Alexa, Sony F5 and PMW500.

As well as shooting single camera I also have plenty of experience in multi camera environments, either in an OB situation or multi camera PSC.

If needed I can provide additional crew should you need them. I have had the pleasure of working with many great people across all grades and crafts; producers, fixers, researchers, runners/PA, make-up and wardrobe, DIT’s and wranglers, sound, lighting, grips, riggers and facility vehicles.

If you are coming from overseas and need help with locations I can organise feature film credited location and unit managers, even glacier and climbing safety teams.

 Whatever you need for your shoot, I can provide it, freeing you from having to make those calls and emails.


Sony PMW-F5 4K Cine Alta Camera                   Sony PMW500 Cine Alta XDCam
Canon Cine Primes 6 way kit
RED Digital Cinema 18-85 T2.8 zoom
Canon HJ11 HD Wide Angle Lens (and PL adaptor)
Canon HJ17 HD Lens
GoPro's and accessories

SmallHD 502 HD-SDI (1080x1920) monitor
Ikegami 904 9” HDSDI Monitor
Teradek Bolt wireless link
Matte Box and Filters
Ronford Baker 2014 tripod
Sachtler 18P tripod
Indie Dolly Slider (IDS)

Datavision LEDGO Bi-colour LED (battery or mains)
KinoFlo Diva 400 lighting
Dedolight kit

Arri tungsten lighting kit

Data wrangling kit

I can also supply and operate:

Track & Dolly
Jimmy Jibs






All camera grades
    1st AC (Focus)
    2nd AC

Sound recordists/mixers
Lighting - Gaffers and Sparks
Grips and Riggers

Art Department


1st, 2nd & 3rd AD’s
PM's & UPM’s
Location Managers

Location facility vehicles
Glacier/Climbing Safety Team

Unit Photographers
VFX Photographers
Commercial Photographers


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