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Dennis Porter

Director of Photography

Toronto, Canada 

About Me 

I have nearly two decades in TV and video, starting as a freelance cameraman, and then winding my way through as an editor, TV reporter and producer, before focusing strictly on freelance shooting.

I’ve traveled the world shooting and producing for Discovery Channel, shot broadcast news stories and a CNN doc in some of Africa’s roughest places, and shot thousands of interviews for clients ranging from some of the world’s top broadcasters, like the BBC, to its top companies, like Microsoft.


From movie stars to child soldiers to CEOs, I love every darn bit of it.




Many years ago when I was a TV reporter, I was assigned to do my first live hit for the national news network. Live hits were not something I was naturally skilled at and this was in an environment where a lot of people didn’t want us there. I was terrified.


The sat truck and shooter were sent in from another city, so I’d never worked with him before. 


I was literally shaking and knew I wasn’t ready for this. The shooter was calm and confident. His lighting setup was perfect. A few moments before we were scheduled to go live, he walked over to me and fixed the way my IFB (earpiece) hooked onto my collar. He adjusted my shirt and belt, stood back, looked me carefully up and down, and adjusted my tie the teensiest amount. 


To be honest, I probably didn’t look a hair different to anyone watching, but I felt confident. When I was in over my head, a shooter I’d never worked with made sure he had my back and that changed everything. 


Thanks to the shooter, my hit went off without a hitch and I was asked to do many more in the future.

During the years I was a producer, I hired more than 100 freelance shooters around the world. It can be stressful. You never know what you’re going to get.


There are shooters who simply ask where to point the camera and press record. But when you have a shooter who can both get you great shots, and can pick up the entire team, that makes all the difference in a shoot, even if it’s something as seemingly simple as a sit-down interview. 


That’s my approach: it’s every single person’s role to do whatever they can to make sure the whole shoot goes smoothly. My job is both to make sure I get the shot and make sure you get your story.


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Just about anything you could need for a documentary or corporate shoot with a small crew. If it's a CEO interview in a boardroom or a motion-controlled, macro, three-camera shoot in a cave with no power, I'm equipped for it. Everything's repacked before each shoot to ensure the most flexibility and fastest setup time.


  • Sony FX6 - main cam

  • Sony a7S iii

  • Sony FS7

  • Sony a7S ii

  • GoPro Hero10

  • Insta360 ONE RS 1 inch edition

  • additional action cams


  • 12mm f2.8 Laowa Zero-D

  • 15mm f4 Laowa tilt-shift

  • 16-35mm f4 Nikon

  • 18-35mm f1.8 Sigma

  • 18-105mm f4 Sony 

  • 20mm f1.4 Sigma

  • 24-70mm f2.8 Tamron

  • 24-105mm f4 Sigma

  • 24-105mm f4 Canon

  • 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 Sony

  • 33mm f0.95 Laowa

  • 50mm f1.4 Sigma

  • 70-200mm f2.8 Tamron

  • 105mm f2 Laowa

  • 150-600mm f5-6.3 Sigma

  • 1.4x Sigma teleconverter

  • additional specialty lenses 


  • 4x daylight COB lights (from 200-450 watts)

  • 4x bi-color COB lights (from 120-350 watts)

  • bi-color RGB tube light

  • 2x RGB panel lights

  • 4x 1x1 panel lights 

  • 3x flex lights

  • 8x8, 5x6 and 4x4 scrim diffusers

  • 5x soft boxes

  • lots more


  • DJI Mini 3 Pro drone

  • DJI Ronin RS 2 Pro gimbal with full vest and dual spring arm

  • Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro switcher and Accsoon Seemo for live wireless streaming

  • Teleprompter/Autocue

  • Kessler Second Shooter Plus 4-axis motion control slider (pan, tilt, slide & focus)

  • Sennheiser and Rode shotgun mics

  • 7x wireless lav microphone systems

  • Sanken COS-11D lav mic

  • white and grey 8' paper backdrops

  • black backdrop (aka commando cloth or duvetyne)

  • green screen

  • set decorations for interviews – chairs, stools, plants, paintings, etc

  • makeup kit

  • lots more

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