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Camera Confidential by Christian Parkinson

Camera confidential is the book I wish somebody had handed to me as a fresh faced twenty five year old jumping on a plane for my first foreign assignment. In twelve years working across the globe I’ve made a lot of mistakes and have been forced to learn the hard way.

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Sections covered in Camera confidential include: Breaking into the industry, how to pack your kit, fill out customs paperwork, what to carry in a warzone, how to operate in extreme weather, how to shoot interviews and pieces to camera and advice on writing scripts and story-telling. It’s the accumulated knowledge of my years on the road as well as the product of numerous interviews with the likes of four times Royal Television Society cameraman of the year Darren “DC” Conway, well known filmmaker Phillip Bloom, numerous freelance cameramen from around the world, experienced reporters and security advisor.

All proceeds from sales of Camera confidential will be going to the Rory Peck Trust.I am currently full time staff for a large broadcaster and often see freelancers producing amazing work, but also taking massive risks. Therefore I think it is more important than ever for the Rory Peck Trust to be able to continue to help freelancers with training bursaries and grants to support  freelancers in crisis or who have been injured.

If you don’t know me I am editor of the popular camera blog My work in the Democratic Republic of Congo has won the David Bloom award presented by President Barrack Obama and was shortlisted for an International Emmy. I’ve covered conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Ivory Coast, Gaza, Kenya and Libya and spent four years based in Johannesburg, South Africa.  I currently live in Leicester and work out of London. If you have any questions then feel free to drop me a line at

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