Michael Foster

Hi, I’m Michael Foster - I’m a freelance director of photography, lighting camera operator and editor based in Holywood, Belfast, Northern Ireland. I love creating all types of great film, television and online video.

With a passion for cinematography, I’m a filmmaker with over 7 years experience working professionally in the industry. I’ve worked on hundreds of productions; short films, feature films, documentaries, broadcast television and TV drama, social media videos, music videos, comedy sketches, corporate videography, live event filming, festival promotional films, television commercials, online marketing videos and advertising.

I’ve worked on film, TV and video projects for:

  • Nike & Rory McIlroy
  • Nestlé
  • NBC & CNBC Catalyst
  • ESPN / Top Rank Boxing
  • Line Of Duty
  • Kristian Nairn
  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • Olympic Channel
  • The Russell Howard Hour / Sky One
  • BBC (BBC 3, BBC 1, BBC NI & Radio Ulster)
  • True North
  • Shine Promotions / Limelight Belfast
  • One L Studios
  • Disney Channel UK
  • Channel 4
  • Van Morrison
  • Snow Patrol
  • RTE
  • TG4
  • NI Screen
  • UTV
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • National Trust
  • National Museums Northern Ireland
  • Ryan McMullan
  • Carling
  • Bushmills
  • Carlsberg
  • Kraken Rum
  • Hop House 13
  • Shane Todd / Mike McGoldrick
  • Tea With Me Podcast
  • Dave Elliott
  • Ciaran Bartlett
  • Diona Doherty
  • British Council
  • TEDx
  • CoolFM
  • Barclays
  • Belfast Telegraph
  • Liberty IT
  • Openreach / Ulster Rugby
  • Oxford University Press
  • Ulster Orchestra
  • Seamus Heaney Centre
  • Aimee Fuller
  • Nerve Centre, Derry-Londonderry
  • Armchair & Rocket
  • Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful
  • Ardmore Advertising
  • Clearbox PR
  • Smarts Agency
  • Outpost Belfast
  • and many more...

I hold a first class honours degree in Media Studies & Production from Ulster University Coleraine as well as a distinction-level Higher National Diploma in Creative Media Production from North West Regional College in Derry - Londonderry.

Link up with me on social media using the buttons on the left to keep up-to-date with all my latest work or just to say hi.

To hire me as a DOP, cinematographer, videographer or cameraman for your next project, get in touch using the Contact page.

2020 update: I have recently been trained and certified by ITV & BBC safety consultants, First Option, on COVID-19 Coronavirus production Health & Safety protocols, and I comply with current regulations and guidelines around film, TV & video production to ensure the wellbeing of my clients, subcontractors and myself.

Ulster Media Show 2015 Award

Covid certifcate

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Equipment List


  • Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro G2 4.6K Camera with Rawlite OLPF fitted
  • Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro
  • Blackmagic Ursa shoulder kit & handgrip
  • Blackmagic PL & B4 lens mount adaptors for Ursa Mini Pro G2
  • Zacuto Gratical Eye EVF
  • Wooden Camera D-Box / V-Mount adapter
  • 2x 256GB CFast Cards & Reader
  • Panasonic Lumix GH5 Camera
  • Metabones Speedbooster XL
  • Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art Lens
  • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM II Lens
  • Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine DS Lens
  • Rokinon 12mm T1.5 Lens
  • Tilta Tiltaing Matte Box
  • Tiffen Variable ND Filter
  • Tiffen Black ProMist Filter (1/4 strength)
  • TWO x Aputure LS 300D Mark II LEDs with Light Dome II, 2x Fresnel & Lantern mounts
  • Aputure T2C 2' tube light
  • Aputure F21c Full RGBWW flexible panel / litemat
  • Aputure LightStorm LS-1 LED
  • Aputure Spacelight
  • Aputure Amaran HR672 Studio Video LED
  • Yongnuo & Youkoyi LED light bars
  • 2 x Aputure M9 LEDs
  • Westcott C47 DOP Kit - 4x8ft Floppy Cutter, Reversible 4' Bounce and Diffusion
  • Matthews Hollywood 40" C+Stand w/ Turtle Base, Grip Head and 40" Arm
  • 10 ft Neewer C Stand w/ 4 ft arm
  • 6x6 Silk
  • Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini Recorder
  • Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini Monitor
  • FeiuyuTech A2000 Camera Gimbal / Stabiliser
  • GoPro Hero 5
  • GoPro Hero 3
  • Tascam DR701D Audio Recorder
  • 2 x Sennheiser G4 Wireless Lav Microphones and 2 x receivers
  • 2x Deity Connect Wireless Lavalier Microphone + 1x receiver
  • RØde NTG4+ Microphone + Boom/Blimp/Deadcat kit
  • RØde VideoMic Pro
  • RØdeLink Filmmaker Wireless Lavalier Microphone Kit
  • Manfrotto 504HD Tripod with 546GBK Video Head
  • Varavon Slidecam 600 Slider
  • Filmcity Shoulder Rig w/Mattebox
  • Laing Camera Stabliser / Steadicam
  • Manfrotto Monopod with Video Head
  • Manfrotto 055 XPROB Tripod
  • Manfrotto Fluid Video Head
  • Various sandbags
  • Joby Gorillapod (both versions)
  • Sennheiser HD280 Pro II Headphones
  • 2 x Ex-Pro 42 inch 5-in-1 reflectors
  • Full Adobe Creative Cloud Post Production Suite