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Movie Photos

Every photographer has a unique story, a journey they followed in pursuing their craft. Movie Photos is a record of the work of Alex Bailey (via IMDB) as well as a worthwhile insight into the life of a movie stills photographer. Even if you’ve not heard of Alex, his images have probably inspired you to...


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  • Wendy CalderDecember 3, 2012 - 8:41 pm

    I would like to contact Alex Bailey and other stills photographers. ..I am looking for a work placement as a Stills Photographer. I am currently studying BA (Hons) in Creative Practice at Newcastle College.

    I would appreciate your help.

    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Kind regards

  • PSbyAYDecember 4, 2012 - 1:41 am

    Hi Wendy, Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately there are no work placements for unit stills photographers. Most film sets barely have patience or space for one stills photographer let alone a second work placement/intern photographer – this has been confirmed to me by all my unit stills photographer contacts.

    If you’ve got a passion to pursue this line of work, your best bet is to start by reading TT12 Getting Work as a Stills Photographer, as well as other resources I’ve listed on my Tech Talk page and to grab yourself a copy of Alex’s book.

  • A WilliamsJuly 26, 2013 - 5:57 pm


    I’ve purchased this book through Alex’s movie photos site but just wanted to know how long it took for your copy to arrive. Great mini review by the way, I’m looking forward to receiving my copy :)

  • PSbyAYJuly 26, 2013 - 6:50 pm

    I think mine was purchased through amazon.co.uk and it arrived within 48hrs. I have no knowledge of order times when direct from Alex. You may be able to contact him through his new twitter account @buntyme, or alternatively through the comments on his Blog.

  • akinda browneJanuary 20, 2015 - 5:01 pm

    My name is Akinda, I am a 1st year student at London College of
    Contemporary Arts. I am doing a degree in photography. At present we are doing ‘film stills’ and I am finding it so enjoyable.
    Alex’s work so inspiring, thanks for the this website


  • KayodeNovember 25, 2015 - 6:11 pm

    Just bought the book… hoping it comes soon. Am thinking of moving from event photography into BTS for film & TV.

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  • Minto ThorsenApril 29, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    Have to thank you so much for your blog. I cannot tell you how helpful it has been. I have shot a number of student productions for theater and several video shoots but never a film production. This is a shoot with more seasoned film pros, working for fun on the 48 Hour Film Festival in Washington DC, where a short film is produced–soup to nuts- in 48 hours. I’ll be using a Nikon D7100, and have a 28-70, f2.8. a 70-200, f2.8, and a 35, f1.8. I have a prime 85 but perhaps it’s redundant. I’m expecting to go in without flash at a high ISO. No one knows subject, location or conditions until the starting “Go!” I’m going through your blog as fast as I can to fill in what holes I can, knowing that “Don’t get in the way” is #1. Any other critical stuff to flat out not forget in a situation like mine?

    Thank you thank you thank you!

  • PSbyAYJune 7, 2014 - 5:42 pm

    Slightly, late reply I’m sorry! Congratulations on your first gig! Definitely take your 85mm prime, film sets can get very dark leaving your 2.8 zooms a little slow for the lighting conditions. I hope you had fun!

  • Dan AndersonJune 25, 2017 - 9:49 pm

    I just want to say thank you for this great website.  I wish I had found this resource a little earlier in my career.  I started shooting set stills about 4 years ago in addition to my editorial and corporate I had worked on for 10 years.  I had to figure out a lot as I went along but this website has given me some pointers.  Again, thank you for this service. 

So, you’ve managed to survive your film shoot as stills photographer and you’ve delivered a bunch of amazing still images to a very happy Producer or Unit Publicist…You’re done, right? For those photographers in the big league that’s probably enough, but not for an ambitious stills photographer hungry to forge their career working on film...


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    Sam D is studying photography at university in the UK. He got in touch with me to assist him with a professional practice component of his course. In fact it was Sam’s e-mail that prompted me to start my series of Tech Talkarticles, so I owe Sam (and everyone else who takes the time to...


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