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Mitchel Waite

Mitchel Waite

Lighting Gaffer, Lighting Designer, Photographer
Lighting Designer, Gaffer/lighting Technician and Photographer (Still)

London, England

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March 2012
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About Mitchel

** Lighting expert and freelance photographer **

So who am I and what do I actually do? How to explain it...I love films and I love photography. Doing some simple maths, I’ve mashed those together and call myself a Cinematic Photographer.

I’m based in the vibrant city of London, but the world is my oyster! I've worked in Lighting since 2008 and can certainly help you out with any lighting problems that you need to solve.

I like to make my photography stand out from crowd and I shoot and colour grade my photos with a cinematic tone. I treat each edit as if it’s a movie still. This isn’t just with fancy Instagram filters. I love to tell a story with imagery, and I try to fill a shot with as much as possible to provoke an emotional response from the viewer. I am a firm believer in that a picture can really say a thousand words. For me it’s all about perspective, and I’m always trying to capture the world from an angle that no one has yet seen. I’m forever chasing the perfect shot, and still trying to recreate a shot of the neon-noir metropolis from Blade Runner (2019 isn’t that far away…).

“Shoot now, edit later.“ Anyone for hire has to live by a mantra, right? This is mine in photography. With the use of film now seen as a luxury, digital technology obviously allows us to shoot freely on anything from a full frame DSLR to an iPhone. We don’t have to be restricted to 25 or so film shots. Even if a slight opportunity is missed, you’ll always regret not taking the shot later. It’s not all about resolution; a great photo should always provoke an emotional response from the viewer.

I like to bring out colour, shadow & hard light in my photos. Hard light is dramatic and mysterious, whilst soft light is more flattering and less harsh. So why photography? “It’s not about what you sell, it’s about why you do it.” My Dad always had a film camera on our family holidays. The idea of capturing a moment and the magic of waiting for it to be developed, and wondering what you captured, hooked me. I currently shoot on Canon and Sony cameras, mixed with some obligatory GoPro work.

Drop me a line here or via my portfolio website () for any lighting needs that you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!

- Mitch.

Unique traits: Dramatic use of lighting and colour, cinematic tones, urban cityscapes, fluid camera movements


  • Midnight On The Borough

    Midnight On The Borough (2014)
    Film by Gin & Tonic Films Cinematographer

  • Provocative (web series)

    Provocative (web series) (2013)
    Television by Gin & Tonic Films Cinematographer & Production Photographer

  • Laundry

    Laundry (2012)
    Film (short) by 4Q Films Production Photographer & Gaffer

  • The Lake

    The Lake (2012)
    Film (short) by Freelance Films Editor, Gaffer, Production Photographer & Production Assistant

  • Taking The P

    Taking The P (2012)
    Television Gaffer


  • Lighting Industry Association Academy

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