CINEMATOGRAPHY & STILLS
Cinematography & Stills
I began a career in television in 1985 as a P.A. in a small NY studio. In 1991 I was fortunate to join CBS where I honed my camera operator skills working on a soap opera and in TV News for 7 years; I left the TV business for 6 years, and returned to CBS in 2005 where I now work as a Steadicam operator. My passion for learning new skills forged my new path forward into cinematography...
At the age of 12, I began photographing and developing prints in an old fashioned (analog) lab after school. At age 20 I purchased my first, new, professional still camera: a Nikon FM2. Fifteen years later I purchased my first digital still camera and never looked back. Over the years I've been blessed to have my photographs published in magazines, books and broadcasted on TV in promos for CBS News...
This area of my website features the projects I'm currently working on. Find out more about each one by navigating the image gallery at the bottom of this section, then clicking on the corresponding image.
I will update this section whenever I have anything worthy of sharing; return here when you have time or be notified of anything I update by following me on Twitter @ClarkeLSmith.
I'm looking to collaborate with other fellow filmmakers, producers and directors, so don't hesitate to contact me.
The gear I own and use for my productions is gear I am familiar with and trust. It is meticulously maintained and once in awhile, I sell and update some of it with the newer versions. Check out my store for some great bargains of my pre-owned, very well cared-for gear.
I give my trust and business to some great equipment manufacturers and resellers who in turn offer me great products and excellent support. Here are a few... (in alphabetical order)
Adorama, Aputure, Arri, Atomos, B&H Photo & Video, Bright Tangerine, Canon, DJI, Fiilex, HIVE, Kessler, Matthews, Metabones, Miller, Paralinx, RODE, Sachtler, Sennheiser, SmallHD, Sony, Teradek, Wescott, Wooden Camera, Zacuto and Zoom.
Clarke L. Smith
My name is Clarke L. Smith and I am a TV news Steadicam operator and cinematographer. I’m originally from New York, but at age five, my family relocated to Switzerland where I grew up and did my studies.
Notwithstanding a year learning how to develop prints from 35mm black and white film at age 12, I would be lying if I told you that I’ve always wanted to work in the film/TV industry. It wasn’t until 1985, at the age of 20, that I relocated stateside and began working as a P.A. for a small studio called VCA Teletronics (where MTV made its debut 4 years prior). During my five years with VCA, my first US boss, Lew Herman, taught me how to run a video sound
stage and three other staff employees, Mike Pelech, Ed Henning and Frank Angelini taught me a lot about studio and location production, sound, grip, lighting and camera operation. On dark days, mostly weekends, I would go to the studio to practice lighting and photographing friends with my newly acquired Nikon FM2 film still camera.
In 1991, I joined CBS Broadcasting Corp., where I went on to work as camera operator on a soap opera (As The World Turns), Talk Shows (Geraldo, Gordon Elliott) and TV News (CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News). I currently fly a Steadicam for the CBS Evening News weekdays.
My experience with film school came in the form of online learning through organizations such as MZed, Masterclass, The Academy of Storytellers, Lynda.com and through podcasts from NoFilmSchool and the Wandering DP; of course, YouTube is always a place where you can learn more about gear, shooting and editing methods from your peers… But I never learned more than while being tutored and actually working.
Clarke L. Smith is a professional photographer and cinematographer based in the New York City metropolitan area. His photos have been published in books, newspapers and magazine publications such as American Cinematographer Magazine and The New York Times and through various social media platforms, like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. His Cinematography has aired in CBS News TV promos and on the web for commercials. He's available for freelance assignments and speaks English and French fluently.