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Robin Smith

Director / Lighting Cameraman / Producer

Bristol, United Kingdom

Robin is an award winning, documentary Director of Photography with a background in mainly natural history and specialist factual documentaries. His work to date has taken him around the world, filming in locations ranging from the Siberian Arctic to the Kalahari desert, for all major broadcasters.

He has more than twenty years experience behind the lens, and more than one hundred broadcast TV credits, working as both a sync cameraman on presenter and character driven documentaries, and as a wildlife cameraman filming animal behaviour. As well as shooting, he has also directed and produced a number of productions, including films for the BBC’s award winning series, The Natural World.

Whether he’s lighting an interview, instinctively reacting to actuality on the shoulder, or filming the rare Siberian tiger in Russia's far East, Robin thrives on the challenge of delivering high quality images, that can truly bring a story to life.

Credits and Experience

Our Planet

Sequence Cameraman

River Monsters

DOP for this series for Discovery

The Hunt

Sequence Cameraman

How Life Works

Natural History Sequence Cameraman for Blue Chip BBC Series

Animals Guide To Britain

Series for the BBC

One Million Snakebites

Producer/Cameraman for BBC Natural World.

Ray Mears Wild Britain

Natural History Sequence Cameraman - ITV

Arab Seas

National Geographic

Animals Guide To Britain


Wild Madagascar



Sequence Cameraman for BBC Landmark series.

Lost Land of the Volcano


Birds of Paradise

Natural World, Tigress Production for the BBC

Mountains of the Monsoon

Natural World, Icon Films for the BBC

Crocodile Blues

Natural World, Icon Films for the BBC

Monster Fish - Nature Shock

Icon Films for CH5

Nick Baker's Weird Creatures

Icon Films for CH5



Big Five Challenge

Animal Planet

Street Monkeys

Icon Films for National Geographic

Nature of Britain

BBC Natural History Unit

Meerkat Manor - The Story Begins

DOP for Discovery Films Feature Length Meerkat Manor Prequel

Lemur Wars

OSF Productions for CH5/Animal Planet.

Meerkat Manor Series I/II

OSF Productions for Animal Planet/ BBC.

Paranormal Pigeons

ICON Films for CH5.

Wildlife in a War Zone.


Portillio Goes Wild in Spain

Natural World for the BBC.

Ella, A Meerkats Tale

Natural World for the BBC.

Wild Harvest

Natural World for the BBC.

More Industrial Revelations

Bonza TV for Discovery.

Massive Machines with Chris Barrie

The Gamma Project for Discovery.

Eagle Odyssey


Ireland a Sculpted Isle

Natural World, Tigress Productions for the BBC.


telephone: +44 (0)1600 860195

mobile: +44 (0)7970 283720




3D,  Aerial,  Cinemicrography,  Extreme Locations,  Hand-held Documentary,  HD,  High Speed/Slow Motion,  HSE part 4 Scuba Diver,  Irata Rope Access,  Large Format,  Long Lens,  Macro/Studio,  Motion Control,  Polar Regions,  Rock/Ice Climber,  Super 16,  Sync Shooting,  Time Slice,  Timelapse.


Arri 16 SRII High Speed, 3 x 400 ft Magazines, 4 x 12 v Batteries, VSU, Extension View Finder, Video Assist, TLS Matte Box & Filter Kit,  Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 12-120 mm T2,  Canon 7-64 T2.6,  Canon 300/600 mm f2.8,  Optar 8mm T1.3 Wide Angle,  Tamron 90mm Macro,  Teletest Remote LCD Monitor with wireless video assist for both Film or Video cameras,  Sachtler V20 Tripod, tall and short legs,  Sanyo Colour/ Inferred Camera, Ikegami Infra-red Camera, 3 x Dewent Infra-red Lights,  Sony HVR A1E HDV Camcorder, Gates Underwater Housing,  Dedo Lighting Kit 12/240 v, 4 x Dedo Lamp heads with in-line dimmers. 2 x Chimera Soft-Box Projector Unit & Gobos, Gel Kit, including Infra-red gels,  Hauge Pro Jib, Hauge Ladder Dolly, DigiDolly track and Dolly & Saddlecam Car Mound kit,  2 x Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR & Time-lapse Kit, 10 - 20 mm Canon EF Lens, 17 - 40 mm Canon EF Lens, 100 - 300 mm Canon EF Lens, 90 mm Macro Lens, Canon Interval Timer. Including motion control panning head.,  Motion Control Time-lapse kit,  Traxwatch Camera Trap System,  Canon EOS 7D & 5D II Cine Package - The Compleat DSLR HD Video Kit.