The GTC's twice yearly journal has been around since 1973, the year after the Guild was started. The hazy origins of its eccentric name may be hidden in the mists of time but the content of this well-respected magazine is always cutting edge and relevant to working camera crew.

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Zerb is unique in that it is both edited and largely written by camera operators, DoPs and camera technology experts. Each issue has both a managing editor and a production editor. The articles are predominantly told 'from the camera professional's point of view' and strive to be topical and objective, featuring an entertaining mix of location reports, technical information and human stories related to the craft of camerawork. The entire archive is now available online (see lower down this page for how to access).

Zerb 98: Spring 2024Zerb cover 98

Managing Editor: Bill Shepherd
Production Editor: Sarah Adams
Design: Toast Design, Banbury

The latest edition of Zerb remains available digitally to GTC members only until the next one comes out.

Contents of Zerb 98

  • Editorial - Luke Sheehan, GTC Education Officer
  • Julie Ritson, talks about why she is passionate about teaching camera professionals
  • Capturing the cinematic beauty of underwater filmmaking
  • James Cannon ACS and Alina Graciova: the war in Ukraine
  • Vernon Layton BSC, DOP talks about his career in film and television
  • Timeline TV: Remote broadcasting techniques for the British Basketball League
  • Joshua Bosley, talks about his journey from cameraman to DOP
  • Ester de Roij, Wildlife cinematographer: Bears and wolves in British Columbia
  • Tom Cribbin, talks about how AI speeds up video production
  • Jeremy Braben: Building a successful aerial filming company
  • Innovative technology has revolutionised sports on television with Chris Hollier
  • Gail Jenkinson talks about filming 'Patrick and the Whale'
  • Q&A's with, Michael Sanders, Nic Holman & Natalya Redding
  • OB cameraman captures Superbikes Championship with dynamic drone shots
  • Talking Pictures TV, the UK's largest independent channel
  • Getting started with Your Career in Television
  • Barry Bassett, VMI talks about sustainable practices and embracing Net Zero goals

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Julie Ritson - What camera skills do you need to be a BBC news shooter? British Basketball League Television studios use advanced technology for sports broadcast








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The Zerb Archive

A history of television camerawork


Over the years topics have included every conceivable aspect of camerawork and the body of back issues forms a fascinating archive of the trends and changes in TV technology and techniques. Recently this fascinating resource has been digitised, making available more than 45 years of TV history to both GTC members and non-members.

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Zerb 97: Summer 2023Zerb cover 97

Managing Editor: Graeme McAlpine
Production Editor: Sarah Adams
Design: Toast Design, Banbury

The latest edition of Zerb remains available digitally to GTC members only until the next one comes out.

Contents of Zerb 97

  • Editorial - Chris Yacoubian, GTC Welfare Officer
  • John Henshall, GTC President & Co-Founder - Extract from his forthcoming book
  • The Mark Milsome Foundation aims to provide a positive legacy
  • What goes on tour stays on tour... by Noel Wyatt
  • I was Kylie's Cameraman by Dicky Howett
  • 30 year anniversary of Visual Impact Northern
  • Letting wild locations free your mind by Graham Horder
  • Q&A's with, Sandra Pennington, Paul Dugdale (Duggers), Brett Turnbull, Nick Kauffman, Sally Garrett, Laura Howie, Tim Potter and Sam Creamer
  • Getting airbourne with Carys Kaiser
  • The future of syncing is simple and affordable
  • The Digital Cinematography Revolution
  • Ocean crossings with Dani Devine
  • Becky is flying high - Becky Lee talks to Bill Shepherd about her role as an aerial gimbal technician

Zerb 96: Spring 2023Zerb cover 96

Managing Editor: Rob Emmanuel
Production Editor: Sarah Adams
Design: Toast Design, Banbury

Contents of Zerb 96

  • Falling Flat - the lockdown sitcom that we all need
  • The Mick Deane Bursary - nurturing the next generation
  • Valuable industry opportunities for new generation of camera professionals
  • GTC Member James Dunlop swaps his clarinet for a camera
  • Lighting the Platinum Party at the Palace
  • Operation Lion: the view from Canada Gate
  • TV OBs through the lens of Steve Challes
  • Thriving between three freelance careers by Dan Poole
  • The Fence: from short film to full-length feature
  • Q&A with GTC Council members, John Templeton and Riccardo M Alfano
  • Filming The Narrows on a virtual production stage
  • From wheelchair to pedestal by Derek Halls

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   Karl Rooney - Falling Flat  Steve ChallesMick Deane Bursary

Zerb 95: Spring 2022Zerb cover 95

Managing Editor: Rob Emmanuel
Design: Toast Design, Banbury

Contents of Zerb 95

  • An Unnatural History - IAWF member Robin Smith's path to filming wildlife
  • Meet the Martins: The art of lighting sitcoms with Martin Hawkins and Martin Kempton
  • Alan Duxbury - 50 years of change in camerawork
  • The Life of Brian - The career of former GTC Chair Brian Rose
  • Shooting Dolby Vision HDR on an iPhone by Kevin Augello
  • Filming wildlife closer to home by IAWF member Marc van Fucht
  • Nick Gilbey director of the BEHP - Taster of what the BEHP archive has to offer
  • What is Vision Control? by Richard Carroll
  • Zerb Basics: Understanding LED light sources
  • A world of pure engineering imagination - Rob Emmanuel talks to Dave Bromfield Managing Director and Founder of Movie Camera Support Ltd
  • Quick Q&As with former GTC council members Chris Owen, James French and GTC Honorary President John Henshall

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   Icelandic Bike Packing with iPhone Brian RoseVision Control

Zerb 94: Autumn 2021Zerb cover 94

Managing Editor: Rob Emmanuel
Design: Toast Design, Banbury

Contents of Zerb 94

  • I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! – in times of COVID, by camera supervisor Tony Freeman
  • Moving Pictures – a fine art – GTC member and jib operator Steve Fuller on adding fine art photography to his portfolio
  • Going Live with Rambert Dance Company’s Draw From Within and Rooms by cinematographer Emma Dalesman
  • Mike Dugdale – a remarkable life remembered. Nat Hill and Paul Dugdale reflect back on an extraordinary life
  • Life at the sharp end: the role of a lens technician – Gary Leach and Ben Cridge from GTC Sponsor CVP on how they keep lenses in optimum condition
  • Brave New World – by steadicam operator Junior Agyeman-Owusu
  • Tiffen Steadicam workshops – attendee comments on the first live post-lockdown steadicam workshop run by GTC sponsor Tiffen
  • Going Digital: clear wireless sound that makes headlines. Sam North, sales manager for Karno outlines the benefits of digital radio mic systems
  • The history of ITV’s contribution to the evolution of sports broadcasting. Phil Nott from the Broadcast Engineering Conservation Group looks back on how ITV influenced the future of sports broadcasting
  • 50 unforgettable years: GTC sponsor CP Cases celebrates its golden anniversary
  • Quick Q&As with Council members Alan Duxbury, Clive North and Peter Rance

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Zerb 93: Spring 2021Zerb cover 90

Managing Editor: Rob Emmanuel
Design: Toast Design, Banbury

Contents of Zerb 93

  • Filming Top Gear and The Grand Tour – by DoP Ben Joiner
  • Taking drone filming to new heights – with Top Gear aerial experts Lec Park and Andrew Lawrence
  • GTC member (Corporal) Agy Rudel explains what it takes to be a RAF Media Reservist
  • The story behind Robbaduck Camera Services – GTC member Rob Ballantyne's new camera tracking company
  • Bullet Time: how New World Designs' impressive bulllet time rig creates the 'game freezes' on The Million Pound Cube 
  • Weathering the storms with Pelis and penguins – IAWF members Natalie and Andreas Oberg test out their optimum camera setup in the Falkland Islands
  • Focusing on Diopter lenses - the low-down on what these useful add-on tools can do and how to attach them
  • What goes into creating an innovative piece of new camera mount technology – Sachtler's James Guest on the thinking and research behind the flowtech and activ products
  • The Tank Factory – how GTC sponsor Prolink contributed to the equipping of this brand new West London studio facility
  • Reflections from and warm tributes to camera supervisor supremo Tony Keene, who recently took the decision to retire after over 40 years behind camera
  • Workflow efficiency with the latest CODEX high density encoding technology
  • After 50 years in the business, Anton Bauer has an enviable reputation for providing reliable power solutions – read how they ensure these standards
  • Introducing the new Fiilex Q5 color fresnel lamp

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Zerb 92: Autumn 2020Zerb cover 90

Managing Editor: Rob Emmanuel
Design: Toast Design, Banbury

Contents of Zerb 92

  • Guest editor Elisa L Iannacone shares experiences from shooting on the frontline, with advice on staying safe
  • Ellen Kuras ASC interviewed – and her current project: a global collaborative documentary record of life under lockdown
  • Filming drama remotely: how to coordinate and control a drama shoot from the comfort of your own home sofa – with the help of the actors' families
  • Seeing in the dark: capturing never-before-seen night-time hunting behaviour of big cats for Night on Earth
  • GTC member Al Livingstone's latest film shows the devastating effect of deforestation through the plight of a very inaccessible baby harpy eagle
  • Cinematography in Flux: DoP Sarah Smither discusses changes in the industry, storytelling and the key importance of a caring attitude to crew
  • Spiral of Containment: how a brave and honest multimedia project has helped rape victims to heal
  • Do you love or loath a LUT? Two colourists explain how LUTs work and how to get the best out of them.
  • Multi-drone shooting – how a team of drone operators faced the challenges of both weather and terrain to film a complex sheep gather
  • So you want to improve your carbon footprint and keep travel costs down – is electric now a viable option for your crew and kit transport?
  • Reflectric – a new energy-efficient lighting technique that achieves lovely natural-looking images with few lamps but multiple reflectors
  • GTC member Simon de Glanville devised a home-schooling module that would allow him to keep his hand in as a wildlife cameraman while  teaching his sons about filming and storytelling – the heroes were snails!
  • The Helicopter Girls are well known for their aerial photography skills and cutting-edge drones. Now they have another challenge: juggling childcare

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Zerb 91: Spring 2020Zerb cover 90

Managing Editor: Rob Emmanuel
Design: Toast Design, Banbury

Contents of Zerb 91

  • Festival of Remembrance – camera supervisor Nigel Saunders on the award-winning coverage of this national treasured event
  • It's been a busy few years for Northern Ireland-based news cameraman David McIlveen – but he's still been able to innovate by shooting news on large-sensor cameras
  • Rise of the Nazis: DoP Duane McClunie on creating the look for reconstructed scenes from this dark period of history
  • Sex Education – DoP Jamie Cairney on shooting the second series of the hit Netflix comedy drama
  • ... while camera trainee Andrea Jovanovska had a great opportunity to both operate and appear in an episode set in a TV studio
  • Zerb looks back at and celebrates 40 years of innovation in specialist cameras from GTC sponsor company Aerial Camera Systems (ACS)
  • Breaking barriers and finding balance: camera supervisors Liz Bell and Jo Hodges not only provide top-quality crews, they also look after health and wellbeing
  • Retracing the great cave escape of Tham Luang Nang Non – how this extraordinary accident happened and then the rescue unfolded
  • Bill Vinten GTC University Awards – the story behind our student awards
  • Any fool can be uncomfortable: IAWF member Graham Horder gives the low-down on what it's really like to film natural history programmes (with a little help from some friends)
  • Procam's Saul Gittens on this GTC sponsor company's comprehensive training programme for new entrants to the industry
  • Life as a camera guarantee – GTC member Fiona Schimmel explains what this role involves and why it's a really great way to learn all about OB work
  • Horse racing – a trio of articles on this busy area for camerawork: first, Matt Payne explains how he transitioned from jockey to camera operator; we hear how Italian GTC sponsor Cartoni custom built products for RaceTech; and James French reports on a visit to their factory in Rome
  • Plastic Surgery Undressed – the low-down on the complicated linkage involved in showing live cosmetic surgery operations to studio guests elsewhere, including live two-way interviews with surgeons and patients
  • A glass act: DoP Mark Warmington has a passion for beautiful lenses – and he has recently added rehoused Leicas to his kit collection

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Zerb 90: Autumn 2019Zerb cover 90

Zerb 90 is the last issue with Alison Chapman as Managing Editor and this time there was no guest editor. Design was by Toast Design, Banbury.

Contents of Zerb 90

  • After Life – GTC member Martin Hawkins on working with Ricky Gervaise on his latest series
  • GTC sponsor Helicopter Film Services introduce their impressive six-camera array, Typhon2
  • 24 Hours in A&E – Vision Guarantee Richard Carroll on planning and controlling a 111-camera shoot in a high-paced emergency environment
  • Tales from the snooker: GTC member Duncan Richmond has stories to tell from snooker and many other shoots – and he's compiled them in a book
  • How do you operate a camera from a Segway following world-champion cyclists? GTC Award-winner Ifor Wyn Humphreys on this specialism
  • Happy 30th Anniversary Top-Teks! We look back on the GTC's relationship with one of our longest-standing sponsor companies
  • Bohemian Rhapsody: this iconic video launched the music video industry – and it was all shot in a half-day by four very early GTC members
  • Zerb Managing Editor Alison Chapman looks back at 25 years overseeing the GTC's journal
  • Microscopy expert Sinclair Stammers on a career of filming the tiniest creatures, in particular those who like to suck blood!
  • Aerials over Buenos Aires – Argentinian DoP GTC member Alejandro Reynoso on building up the country's leading drone filming company
  • Dreamflight – find out how you could join other GTC members in improving the lives of children facing enormous challenges by joining this charity's remarkable life-enhancing trips to Florida
  • The Baby Club: 'Never work with children...' – GTC member explains why working with 12 babies on this innovative new series was actually fine
  • Zerb Basics: Keeping your kit safe in cars and vans
  • Why Boxx wireless products are the choice of one of New Zealand's top Steadicam and RF-camera specialists, Martin Stacey
  • Sideshow – DoP Stephen J Brand on how to shoot a feature film on a very low budget in just 18 days – and in winter
  • Green shoots – as the GTC sets out to formulate an environmental policy, it can learn a lot from GTC sponsor company VMI

Managing Editor: Alison Chapman

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Zerb 89: Spring 2019Zerb cover 84

The guest editor for Zerb 89 was Rob Emmanuel and design was by Toast Design, Banbury.

Contents of Zerb 89

  • Parasol Peak – recording a live music performance on the top of a 3000m mountain
  • Fergus Kennedy on moving from marine biologist to underwater cinematographer to drone specialist
  • How do you visualise sound on camera? DoP Timur Civan on shooting the award-winning Nigel Stamford video Cymatics
  • The art of shooting wildlife: IAWF member Sophie Darlington on filming big cats – and other animals
  • One Box Television: Richard Stevenson celebrates 10 years of his innovative 'flyaway OB' system
  • The portrait challenge – how difficult and different is it to record a theatre performance in 9:16 for viewing on Instagram?
  • Smooth operator: a user's guide to gimbal rigs by Mark Langton
  • Introducing EVI, the dynamic HDR converter that makes it possible to view HDR images on standard definition monitors – and more
  • Paul Edwards looks back on a long and fulfilling career as Steadicam operator on many great features and training new operators at Tiffen
  • Zerb Basics: Filters and Matte Boxes - with drama DoP Nick Dance
  • Flying with batteries – frequent flyers news cameraman Bhasker Solanki and documentary DoP Jonathan Young on how to stay within the rules for transporting lithium batteries but also cut down on check-in hassle
  • Hothead expert Manueal Balseiro assesses the new Kornercrane, which enables transitioning from underslung to overslung on shot
  • The story of Easyrig – founder Johan Hellsten recalls 25 years of his back-saving rig
  • Litepanels Gemini – Andrew Woodfin on developing the new soft light, while Version 2's Nick Edwards gives the end-user perspective

Managing Editor: Alison Chapman;  Guest Editor: Rob Emmanuel

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Zerb 88: Autumn 2018Zerb cover 84

The guest editor for Zerb 88 was Laura Jeacocke and design was by Toast Design, Banbury.

Contents of Zerb 88

  • DoP Nat Hill on the amazing one-take #BRUM shot
  • Being Brunel – DoP Jon Pegler on visualising the mind of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
  • Hector Skevington-Postles on capturing rare snow leopard footage
  • Extreme: GTC award winner Ryan Atkinson on filming the Three Cs: caves, cliffs and under the canopy
  • What does it take to be an on-board reporter on the gruelling Volvo Ocean yacht race?
  • Agile Remote Cameras – the story behind the ultra-rugged PTZ cameras
  • Filming from hot air balloons
  • Out in the cold: tips on how to keep warm and mobile on skiing events – from GTC Chair Graham Maunder
  • SKAPYA: the all-weather jacket that converts to a bag – and is great for documentary camera professionals
  • The Helicopter Girls on their new light-bearing drone and partnership with Marzano Films
  • Camera Supervisor Rob Sargent and his crew covered the Windsor Castle Route for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding
  • Learning from the experts – shooting architecture and property shows
  • RED owner/operator DoP Giles Harvey tries out the new GEMINI and MONSTRO cameras
  • Zerb Basics: what do you need to know to keep your accounts in order?
  • The Zerb Good Kit Hire Guide: how to build and sustain a great relationship with your kit hire company
  • Cutting-edge innovations from GTC sponsor Ikegami – latest 8K cameras, HD trucks and monitors
  • Happy Anniversary Panasonic! – we celebrate a remarkable centenary of delivering products that make 'A Better Life: A Better World'

Managing Editor: Alison Chapman;  Guest Editor: Laura Jeacocke

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Zerb 87: Spring 2018Zerb cover 84

The guest editor for Zerb 87 was Sally Garrett and design was by Toast Design, Banbury.

Contents of Zerb 87

  • Marcella: Scandi-noir drama shot in summer London on VariCam – by DoP Kate Reid
  • Expedition Volcano – by GTC members Will Edwards and Ryan Atkinson
  • Learning from the experts: The Strictly crew
  • Blue Planet II – IAWF cameraman Mark Payne-Gill on filming humpback whales for the most watched natural history series of 2017
  • Supervising the IAAF World Championship: Tim Moses on planning for a major international athletics championship
  • Bhasker Solanki recalls a remarkable 38 years as a BBC News cameraman
  • Kësulat – GTC Awards Officer on shooting her first feature, a powerful true story set in the Balkans War
  • Andy's Safari Adventures – lighting and shooting a complex and innovative children's natural history show by DoP Stephen J Brand
  • A trip to the Vitec Factory in Costa Rica – by Darren Bramley
  • Kit review: Vitec flowtech 75 tripod
  • The new Steadicam M1 Volt – tested by GTC member John E Fry
  • Strictly has gone paperless – using iPads for shot cards
  • IAWF member Simon Littlejohn on filming vultures in southern Spain
  • How the BAFTA's albert Consortium is helping productions improve their carbon footprint – and save on their budgets too
  • The Canon C700 camera road tested by DoP Jamie Cairney

Also included with Zerb 87 was the special Zerb Mental Heatlh Supplement.

Managing Editor: Alison Chapman;  Guest Editor: Sally Garrett

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Zerb 86: Autumn 2017

The current edition of Zerb is issue 86. Its guest editor was Hazel Palmer and design was by Toast Design.

Contents of Zerb 86

  • Welcome to the GTC – Guild of Television Camera Professionals
  • Why titles matter: Hazel Palmer explores the background to the GTC's name change
  • Extreme Mountain Challenge – the story behind an hair-rasing adventure shoot from GTC member Keith Partridge
  • Shooting wildlife with the Panasonic VariCam – by Dutch wildlife cameraman Dick Harrewijn
  • The GTC wishes its long-standing sponsor ARRI a very Happy 100th Birthday – and looks forward to the next 100 years!
  • Latest technology used to cover the Oxford v Cambridge boat race, one of the most complex annual UK OBs
  • Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands – spectacular scenery in some of the most remote parts of the UK by Award-winning DoP Richard Cook
  • Mutiny – Dan Etheridge was embedded with the 'mutineers' who recreated the famous voyage of the survivors of the Mutiny on the Bounty
  • Motion Impossible... made possible. Meet the AGITO and MANTIS remote controlled tracking systems
  • Taking off with drones – GTC member Aaron Cook on learning to fly a drone the right way by taking a recognised course and plenty of practice
  • Learning from the experts – advice from multi award-winning cameraman Jonathan Young for student member Laura Jeacocke
  • Between the tropics – GTC member Niall Newport on filming an extraordinary cycling expedition across Asia to Australia
  • Channel vision – GTC member Tracey Cahill on her career working in news and factual programmes in the Channel Islands
  • Rock steady – GTC TiCA winner Dominic Jackson on why the ARRI Trinity is now his camera stabilisation system of choice
  • Rebuilding history – the story behind the complex recreation of John Logie Baird's first TV system in a Cambridge University engineering department
  • Paramo clothing – ethically manufactured outdoor gear that is great for camera crews shooting in all weathers
  • Diversity behind the camera – see the results of the Zerb survey into the state of diversity in the camera department today

Managing Editor: Alison Chapman;  Guest Editor: Hazel Palmer

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Zerb 85: Spring 2017

Zerb cover 84The current edition of Zerb is issue 85. Its guest editor was Ashley Meneely and design was by Toast Design.

Contents of Zerb 85

  • Flight of the Swans – filmed on RED cameras
  • High-level shooting for widlife including canopy access, remote camera stake-outs and gyro-stabilised tracking
  • GTC Chair Graham Maunder recalls working on 15 Olympic Games
  • Tracking the action – innovative, customised tracking systems for major sporting events from Camera Corps
  • How do you design the perfect camera cover? CP Cases explains
  • What do you need to know before starting to shoot 360 degrees?
  • Video Europe on the Nokia OZO 360 system
  • Ground Control – the new remotely controlled follow spots that are taking LE studios by storm
  • The trend for vintage: lenses from One Stop Films and lights from Shift 4
  • The music man – Sally Garrett interviews music director Paul Dugdale
  • Learning from the experts – advice from experienced and multi-skilled wildlife camerawoman Gail Jenkinson for student member Laura Jeacocke
  • HDR explained – by Neil Thompson
  • Into the thick of battle – work experience on the Battle Porms filming for big-screen transmission using technology from GTC sponsors Boxx TV
  • Polecam inventor Steffan Hewitt recounts the story, bringing it up to date to its latest incarnations and uses
  • Student member Kate Priestman on how to crowdfund a graduation film and get it shown on the festival circuit
  • Apprenticeships: GTC Education Officer looks at the opportunities for apprentices in the industry
  • Light field technology
  • Carnets – a cautionary tale from GTC member Philip Spiering who learns the hard way to double-check the carnet paperwork at all stages

Managing Editor: Alison Chapman;  Guest Editor: Ashley Meneely

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Zerb 84 Autumn 2016

Guest editor: John Rossetti

  • Filming charity appeal films – Graham Maunder
  • Tales behind the filming of the BBC natural history series The Hunt
  • Director John Kirby on why a great relationship with the camera crew is key to successful live OBs
  • Lighting refit: Sky Sports News studio
  • Underwater filming: using custom-built mounts
  • Latest generation cameras from RED
  • Drama lighting: GTC workshop with DoP Nick Dance BSC
  • Versatile head and jib arm – in action for the 2016 Euros in Paris
  • Panasonic VariCam LT – filming badgers at night with the native 5000 ISO
  • TLCI: latest news on how TLCI is being used from Alan Roberts
  • Happy 70th Anniversary: Zerb pays tribute to Ikegami in its 70th year
  • All about the Aurora remote control head
  • UV filtration – don't get caught out by unexpected UV emissions from your lamps, especially in historic locations
  • A DoP's tooolbox: latest range of top-end monitors from Transvideo
  • Easyrig Cinema Flex Vest: new for the girls from GTC sponsors Easyrig
  • ADAPT TV: recreating a 1970s OB
  • Connections, connections – why contacts are all important in TV

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Zerb 83 Spring 2016

Guest editor: Peter Newman

  • The Rugby World Cup 2015
  • Corporate – a look at the new opportunities for good quality work in this growth area
  • The ALEXA Mini – user reports from documentary, drama and aerial shoots
  • Doctor Foster – shot on the Panasonic VariCam
  • New from Panasonic, the VariCam LT
  • Introduction to the International Association of Wildlife Film-makers (IAWF) - newly incorporated into the GTC
  • Filming leopards with camera traps by IAWF member Mateo Willis
  • Power and backup in remote situations by GTC member Kevin Augello
  • Glass revival: why optical filters matter  – by filter guru Carey Duffy
  • Dick Hibberd, Founder of the GTC, remembered
  • Bill Vinten – a life lived to the full. Dudley Darby pays tribute
  • Steadicam: a roundup of the latest generation models and training
  • Kit review: Panasonic AG-DVX200 by GTC member Phil Thomas
  • Eye care – what camera crew should know to preserve their eyesight
  • Camera preservation – member Nick Gilbey explains how a few enthusiasts are preserving rare historic TV cameras

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Zerb 82 Autumn 2015

Guest editor: Ged Yeates

  • Gavin Finney BSC on Wolf Hall
  • Ballot Monkeys, C4 General Election comedy
  • Kliktrak/Kombidolly tracking system from Hillrigs
  • Patrick van Weeren – in-house advisor at WTS
  • Camerawork and motherhood -–are they compatible?
  • Hemingway's car – Adam Docker on a Cuba shoot
  • LUTCalc – by GTC member Ben Turley
  • Kit review: Sony PXW-FS7
  • Fujinon UA-Series – latest 4K lens technology
  • John Anderson talks to camera helicopter pilot Keith Thompson
  •  Colin Tomlin of Videosys on designing a new minicam
  •  Stornoway-based Alasdair Maclean: becoming a BBC news cameraman
  •  How the ExtraShot podcast is the new crewroom
  •  KerriKart – an innovative new camera cart/slider
  •  Zimbabwean GTC member Jeremy du Toit on relocating to the UK
  •  DJI Ronin training at GTC sponsor Off Trax

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Zerb 81 Spring 2015

Guest editor: Paul Mellon

  • Epic time-travel drama Outlander
  • The Ryder Cup
  • Nick Dance BSC interviewed
  • 4K toolkit – from GTC sponsors Sony
  • The Gimbal Vest from Easyrig
  • Still Game – TV sitcom as arena event
  • Codex – high-end recording
  • Paul Francis: the last cameraman at Camp Bastion
  • Springwatch - using multiple remote high-quality cameras
  • The new VariCam from GTC sponsors Panasonic
  • High-speed developments in slow and ultra motion
  • GTC member Mark Print on his triumph over a life-threatening illness
  • UCD broadcast – how and when will we see this in our homes?
  • The Bill Vinten GTC University Awards
  • Spatial movie production – a glimpse into the future

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Zerb 80 Autumn 2014

Guest editor: Neil Harrison

  • Underwater camerawork
  • David Beckham in the Amazon – RED Dragon
  • The Brazil 2014 World Cup
  • Sky cricket coverage
  • The ARRI Amira
  • Salford's digital dockland
  • CTBF – the industry's benevolent charity
  • Blackmagic in the desert
  • Teaching actors to be cameramen for Alan Bennett's 'Enjoy'
  • Top Gear
  • Lens adaptors
  • TLCI News from Alan Roberts
  • Airline carry-on baggage rules
  • The MoVI rig

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Zerb 79 Spring 2014

Guest editor: Peter Heap

  • BT Sport's new studios at Olympic Park
  • Perils on the seas of Peru
  • Light-field cameras
  • RIP BBC Outside Broadcasts
  • America's Cup – official film shot on a Sony F55
  • America's Cup: SIS LIVE special cameras
  • Miller celebrates 60 years of tripod manufacturing
  • Learning to film with a multirotor
  • Whatever happened to camera craft?
  • Ninjas and Samurais - from Atomos
  • Dreamflight – how to get involved with the children's charity
  • RUBI-Radio Mini HD link system

Zerb 78 Autumn 2013

Guest editor: Matt Grant

  • Earthflight – aerial specialist Richard Cook
  • Cold Chain Mission
  • The TLCI measurement of lamps
  • The ARRI L7-C reviewed
  • The Sola ENG kit – GTC user review
  • Grand Designs
  • DoP Charles Lagus, Sir David Attenborough's first wildlife cameramen
  • Gurdip Mahal – lighting director 'Designing with Light'
  • Wireless technology for Steadicam from Boxx TV
  • The Skquattro – from The Camera Store
  • 75 years of televising the Oxford–Cambridge Boat Race
  • Jonathan Harrison on LEDs
  • Polecam a novel use in a miniature village
  • Young RED user Joseph Hutson
  • Camera training at The London Studios
  • The Blackmagic Cinema Camera – GTC user review

Zerb 77 Spring 2013

Managing editor: Alison Chapman

  • Isles of Wonder – televising the London 2012 Opening Ceremony sequence
  • Coldplay Live – the technology behind the Mylo Xyloto tour DVD 
  • The camera technology behind Felix Baumgartner's leap from space
  • Filming chimps in the jungle
  • Recollections of Hillsborough
  • World Without End – achieving a Pre-Raphaelite look for an epic Medieval drama
  • Outnumbered – producing naturalistic performances from the kids 
  • Slow motion camerawork 
  • Thomas English on the latest generation of Steadicam 
  • How do you become a cameraman? Advice from three recent entrants into the industry
  • Hot Topic – Has camera design gone mad? 
  • FantasyCam – the perfect 'cameraman's camera' 
  • Emmerdale is 40 
  • Interview with RTS Lifetime Achievement Award winner Martin Hawkins
  • Latest on-camera monitors from Marshall road tested

Zerb 76 Autumn 2012

Guest editor: Mark Langton

  • Televising London 1948 contrasted with London 2012
  • Zerb Basics – the technology behind radio cameras
  • The Royal Pageant – On board the Spirit of Chartwell and rigging Tower Bridge
  • The Bill Vinten GTC University Award 
  • 4K – Separating the truth from the hype 
  • How would Canon's much lauded C300 camera stand up to the rigours of an expedition in rural China?
  • Dan Greenway explains how minicams have come to be so omnipresent
  • The technology behind the coverage of the progress of the Olympic Torch
  • Take it easy on yourself – how Swedish cameraman came up with Easyrig
  • The ALEXA family grows up – and then there were five
  • Jules Greenway talks about his remarkable career as a cameraman
  • Raise the Roof in Kenya – how cameramen and other TV professionals are helping children in Kenya
  • Circumnavigating the globe for a corporate shoot
  • Power to the pixels - the technology behind the latest generation of onboard monitors explored
  • Kit reviews: the Sachtler Ace tripod system and the Ki Pro Mini from AJA
  • Nic Holman on filming the restoration of a Lightning jet
  • The media behind the mask – should you own a gas mask?

Zerb 75 Spring 2012

Managing editor: Alison Chapman

  • Freeze Frame: A cameraman's adventurers on ice
  • EOS C300 – the latest little camera from Canon
  • Undercover – covert filming of illegal hunters and traders around the world 
  • World War II Heroes – visualising the horror of war
  • Compact handheld cameras – GTC road test of the Panasonic HPX250 and the JVC GY-HM150
  • What should you know to keep safe in a war zone?
  • What will you learn on a hostile environment training course and why might it be the most important training you ever do?
  • Minicams – which is the best one for your shoot?
  • Forty Years Young: The GTC is 40! How did it all start?
  • Pim Korver: 'Seanest' – Dutch cameraman Pim Korver on maritime filming
  • High and Dry – filming on a tall ship with a team of young explorers
  • Driving Wars: How the latest minicam technology captured exciting footage of a high-octane stunt driving challenge
  • Open the BOXX – state-of-the-art low latency wireless technology
  • Part 2 of Chris Dickinson's adventures filming in the China
  • Video Ghost – a novel phantom powering system for cameras
  • Zerb Basics: Codecs

Zerb 74 Autumn 2011 

Guest editor: Bill Garrett

  • The Royal Wedding
  • DSLRs – disappointment or delight?
  • In China with GTC member Chris Dickinson
  • Self-shooting in Africa with a Panasonic AF101
  • Aliasing – an in-depth technical explanation of this problematic phenomenon
  • HD on the soaps – the camera decisions taken in the HD upgrade on the UK's leading soaps
  • Cooke Optics – the story of a top-quality British brand
  • Argentinian GTC member Martin Errea describes life as a working cameraman in South America
  • Syntax makes a convert – Ged Yeates tries out this SD–HD upconverter
  • GTC Royal Wedding album
  • Zerb celebrates 40 years of Anton/Bauer batteries
  • Damage limitation... for your ears only. How to protect your hearing at work
  • How cameramen Jim Cemlyn Jones and John Brierley collaborated to release an album 'All these dreams'
  • How to choose the right tripod and head for your shoot
  • Introducing Wimbledon Studios, London's newest studio complex plus GTC sponsors 3D specialists DECODE
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • IPv6 is coming... are you ready for it?
  • Travelling together – GTC members came together earlier in the year to film the Travel of the Photographer of the Year Award Winners exhibition
  • John Summers: one of the very first TV cameramen

Zerb 73 Spring 2011

Guest editor: Julian Hiorns

  • The Commonwealth Games
  • OK Go – the story behind the amazing one-shot 'This Too Shall Pass' video
  • Shooting 3D handheld in the Amazon rainforest
  • An Audience with the Pope – behind the scenes at this large OB from Cofton Park
  • ACS SMARTheads
  • French lens makers Angenieux's 75th Anniversary
  • Camera review: Sony PMW500
  • The Panasonic AG-3DA1 in action filming 3D on an oil rig
  • A colourful history – the story of GTC sponsors Rosco
  • The Golden Eye of Georgia – report from this festival of camerawork 
  • Holographic TV – a glimpse into TV of the future
  • Hearing without Headphones – PTSD, a health hazard for news crews
  • The Rory Peck Trust
  • Shooting 3D: how can you tell if you're getting it right? 
  • Camera Review: Canon XF305 and XF105 

Zerb 72 Autumn 2010

Guest editor: Alan Duxbury 

  • 3D – The next dimension is closer than you think
  • 3D rigs for football coverage
  • Life on the road as a news and current affairs cameraman
  • The General Election 2010
  • Mugabe and the White African
  • To Argentina via Turkey with The Quails
  • Life on the road with the Traffic Cops
  • A Bird in the Hand: a history of Vinten in their centenary year
  • Bill Vinten remembers ... 
  • Live from Albert Square – behind the scenes when EastEnders went live
  • Vortex – how use of the Award-winning vertical rig is soaring
  • A New Dimension for Panasonic – 3D from the French Open tennis
  • Project Supo: an innovative cross-media teaching approach from Belgium
  • Looking after your eyes on set
  • One Box: an OB in a box – the story of an innovative flyaway kit 
  • DITs and DFTs – what do the new boys on the crew do?
  • Goalmouth Technology – how Polecam gives a 3D view of football action
  • Shooting an SIV on beekeeping

Zerb 71 Spring 2010

Managing editor: Alison Chapman

  • Green Shoots in Africa – David James Foundation
  • Filming the world's longest horse race in Mongolia
  • iPhone apps for cameramen
  • Dreamflight – helping a charity for kids 
  • GTC members give to charity
  • A short guide to CGI for cameramen
  • Beagle's About – remote cameras go to sea 
  • Global Crisis – how cameramen can help 
  • LEDs: the energy-efficient solution
  • A look at green practices at Sony's Pencoed base
  • News about the latest generation of digital cameras from ARRI
  • A Trip to Tripoli - two accounts of working on a large OB in Libya
  • In search of an affordable HD LCD monitor – the JVC DT-V24L3D
  • Jeremy Hoare on lecturing down under
  • Lenses from Leicester. Dudley Darby visits the home of Cooke lenses
  • Ronald Charles Green 1930-2009 – an affectionate tribute to this highly respected and sadly missed cameraman
  • Cameraman's shoulder – and how to guard against it
  • HD DSLRs: still developing. Update on the digital SLR cameras
  • Making the Cut. David Fox reviews Final Cut Pro 7

Zerb 70 Autumn 2009

Guest editor: Nigel Cooper

  • Do or Die in New York City – the making of a self-funded documentary
  • I Can See Clearly Now ... the Sony PDW-700
  • Filming with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance
  • Panasonic AJ-HPX3700 reviewed
  • Aerial Filming: How safe are you?
  • Can you really shoot HD on a digital SLR?
  • How not to light a sitcom
  • The GTC Awards 2009 
  • The story behind ITV's Country Ways
  • Tips of the Trade: Focus and Exposure
  • X-Mo Super Slo-mo – slow-motion image capture at its best 
  • JVC GY-HM700 – a really well built budget camera 
  • MX02 – Digibeta quality edit suite in a bag? A truly portable edit solution
  • In search of an affordable HD LCD monitor – the JVC DT-V24L3D
  • Battery low, lights dim, picture intermittent – are you looking after yourself?
  • Why Polecam is an ideal tool for 3D shoots
  • Step by step guide to producing and marketing a special interest video

Zerb 69 Spring 2009 

Managing editor: Alison Chapman

  • Multicamera coverage of the Beijing Olympics rowing 
  • Flycam – how to achieve spectacular overhead tracking shots
  • Starting Out – real life stories of how GTC members became cameramen
  • Polecam: lightweight jibs at the Olympics
  • The planning behind the Beijing Olympics OB
  • Liverpool Nativity: the story behind the massive award-winning live OB
  • The other side of the track: how to track the horses 
  • A Day at the Races – the low-down on ACS's specialist camera systems 
  • F35 – digital film expert Dan Mulligan on Sony's latest top-end camera
  • HD in Scotland from HD specialists Midas Multimedia
  • A progress report and user views on the innovative RED 
  • Diary of a young cameraman – Part 1 of James Fulcher's story starting out
  • Putting the Sony EX1 through its paces in Afghanistan
  • Video 125 – the story of a highly successful 'niche' production company
  • Need finance for your new camera kit? Advice from specialists Fineline.
  • Time Scupture: the story behind an extraordinary 200-camera shoot

Zerb 68 Autumn 2008

Guest editor: Ged Yeates

  • The London Mayoral Debate – producing a major OB at short notice 
  • Nigel Meakin on shooting Michael Palin’s ‘New Europe’ on HD 
  • Visit to the lens specialists True Lens Services 
  • Filming the bears of Romania 
  • The story of sending pictures from the Moon for the Apollo programme 
  • FCP training – two approaches to getting to grips with the Final Cut suite 
  • Click – BBC News 24’s technology show 
  • Kosovo – filming when Europe’s newest state gained independence 
  • The latest on the tax status of freelance cameramen 
  • Polecam in the Arctic – filming walrus and seals in the frozen north 
  • Sony PMW-EX3 reviewed 
  • Multi-camera operations in a surgical operating theatre 
  • Relocating from Zimbabwe – starting all over again in the UK
  • RoscoVIEW reviewed 
  • Panasonic AJ-HPX3000 reviewed 
  • The work of the BFI’s National Film & TV Archive

Zerb 67 Spring 2008

Guest editor: Momin Javaid

  • Keith Massey on how to survive in the industry
  • Five events that changed the course of TV
  • The Vortex aerial camera mount system
  • Broadcasting over the internet
  • ‘Top Gear’ in the Arctic and filming the audience show
  • Coalhouse – reality TV in Wales
  • Cycling special – aspects of cycling coverage
  • Final Cut Studio 2 vs Creative Suite 3
  • Laurie Gilbert filming in Thailand
  • Decade by decade – perspectives from six generations of cameramen
  • Facilities and rentals – how to get the best out of these companies
  • Source2sea – an account of filming this challenging team-building exercise
  • LED lights come of age
  • How to work out which luminaire will give you the right amount of light
  • Which format – choosing the best format for the job
  • Zerb Basics: Depth of Field

Zerb 66 Autumn 2007 

Guest editor: Ian McCann

  • Paul Stewart on living and filming on the Galapagos Islands
  • Time-lapse photography
  • Filming the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
  • GTC – the first 35 years
  • BBC – the Digital Media Initiative
  • P2 – Andy Portch on using the Panasonic format in China
  • ‘Pobol Y Cwm’ – goes tapeless
  • Momin Javaid: impressions of using XDCAM HD for the first time
  • ‘Time Team’ – through the ages
  • What’s it like to be a staff cameraman at the Chernobyl reactor site?
  • Silent Witness – shooting on the Arri D-20
  • ARRI: a celebration of the company’s 90 year history
  • Sony Vegas 7 reviewed
  • Mako Head – keeping a level horizon on the high seas
  • Zerb Basics: A Glossary of HD Terminology
  • Book review: Inventing Digital Television: The Inside Story of a Technology Revolution by Martin L Bell

Zerb 65 Spring 2007 

Guest editor: John Rossetti

  • Peter Eveson on why TV cameramen are ideally skilled to shoot HD drama
  • John Adderley on filming a time-lapse artwork
  • Jimmy Jib in the Arctic
  • How CMOS sensors work and what they can do
  • Tony Grant on the skill of improvisation: lighting
  • Hogfather – Sky’s biggest drama commission to date
  • Filming in Africa for a wheelchair charity
  • What does it take to be a cinematographer?
  • Camera sensitivity: SD vs HD
  • Filming against windows – tricks of the trade
  • Crash testing for dummies – high speed photography at Thatcham
  • Video Ark – ensuring archive video footage
  • XDCAM HD reviewed
  • Zerb Basics: Lighting 3 – The Great Outdoors

Zerb 64 Autumn 2006 

Guest editor: Clive North

  • Laurie Gilbert: on Mt Merapi during the Indonesian earthquake
  • Aerial cinematography over Everest for ‘Planet Earth’
  • Sky’s first HD documentary
  • Total eclipse of the sun in Libya
  • Grass Valley Viper on ‘Last of the Summer Wine’
  • Viper: Filmstream Ultimatte HD
  • Filming an ascent on Mt Everest
  • Live and Learn – we all had to start somewhere!
  • The HD jungle – guide to the current crop of HD cameras
  • Filming for charity in The Gambia on a Sony HVR-A1E camcorder
  • Camera menus – a user guide
  • Health and Safety at Work – what all cameramen should be aware of
  • Report from the 2006 HD Masters Conference
  • Zerb Basics: white balance

Zerb 63 Spring 2006 

Guest editor: Lee Helliar

  • Using Edwardian technology to film modern London
  • Visually Inarticulate part II – Jamie Cairney on shooting ‘The Thick of It’
  • ‘The Green Green Grass’ – HD sitcom
  • Alien Revolution (AR) – camera stabilization
  • In conversation with … John Simpson
  • Jonathan Young on filming in hostile environments
  • John Tempteton – in Iraq
  • News from the Channel Islands
  • Streaming for cameramen
  • When the going gets rough – coping with the nightmare shoot
  • Grass Valley Infinity – a new format
  • JVC GY-HD100 reviewed
  • Jeremy Hoare takes on a multi-camera shoot after a gap of 21 years
  • Zerb Basics: Lighting
  • Book Review: The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro

Zerb 62 Autumn 2005 

Guest editor: Alan Duxbury

  • Tsunami: the disaster and the aftermath
  • In conversation with… Sir David Attenborough
  • Around the world with Michael Palin
  • Diary of ITN’s general election coverage
  • 'Tribe' – Tim Butt on filming cannibals for the BBC
  • HD lenses – how do they differ from SD?
  • Mailbox – BBC Birmingham’s new home
  • How do directors choose their crew?
  • Career change – starting out at Ravensbourne College
  • Richard Hookings on using Polecam at the Athens Olympics
  • Are you insured? Things to check before you shoot
  • Digital Production – a new approach to ‘collaborative workflow’
  • Final Cut Studio reviewed
  • Zerb Basics: Exposure
  • Book Review: Practical Cinematography
  • Book Review: The Camera Assistants Manual

Zerb 61 Spring 2005 

Guest editor: Jonathan Flanagan

  • Account of a horrific helicopter accident while filming with Ray Mears
  • Operating remote cameras
  • Christian Parkinson on working as a ‘Broadcast Camera Journalist’
  • Shooting Partners test out P2
  • Clothing for extreme conditions
  • The HD future – views from camera manufacturers and experts
  • Sony HVR-Z1E – reviewed
  • Panasonic AJ-SDC905 road test
  • David Fox visits the Breda factory
  • The future’s bright – latest lights
  • Panasonic DVX100A – reviewed
  • DV Rack software tested
  • Motion – Apple motion graphics software review
  • Zerb Basics: Widescreen framing issues

Zerb 60 Autumn 2004 

Guest editors: John Hoare and Dudley Darby

  • Moving On – Is there life after camerawork?
  • How filming techniques have changed over time
  • Music in Mali – travelling to the middle of nowhere to film an amazing festival
  • Russian Ark – the ultimate Steadicam shot
  • Lord Puttnam interviewed
  • XDCAM road test
  • Filming ancient sports in Asia on HD
  • Virtual reality studio
  • Farewell to the ride-on cranes
  • Excess baggage – the scourge of overseas shoots
  • Kisslite – a camera mountable ring light
  • G-PIXX – the helicopter built for aerial filming
  • DV – the pros and cons of the low cost formats
  • Zerb Basics: all you need to know about zoom lenses

Zerb 59 Spring 2004 

Guest Editor: Dave Ballantyne

  • Commonwealth Games 2002
  • Digital wireless camera systems
  • OB in Nigeria – filming the Queen
  • In conversation with Dave Alex Riddett
  • Muddied but unbowed – filming underground
  • Garrett Brown – The Moving Camera Part II
  • Military cameraman
  • The Hospital – London’s newest facility
  • Griptech – starting up an equipment hire company
  • TV returns to East Timor 
  • Book review: Location Lighting for Television by Alan Bermingham
  • Tapeless camera systems
  • A look at some TV technology ideas that didn’t quite make the grade
  • KE Remote Systems – a profile of the Aussie crane company
  • Zerb Basics: Setting up your viewfinder

Zerb 58 Autumn 2003 

Guest editor: Christina Fox

  • The Grand Zerb lighting challenge – 6 experts choose a £1000 lighting system
  • The role of the military cameraman
  • River to Heaven – Laurie Gilbert in India
  • How to make money from your old footage
  • Uploading video to your website
  • What does the colourist like to see in your rushes?
  • Achieving the required look in camera (rather than post)
  • A guide to some of the effects that can be achieved in camera
  • Garrett Brown – The Moving Camera Part I
  • Steadicam – learning to use the rig on an intensive three-day course
  • Mac v PC – which is best for editing?
  • Final Cut Pro 4 – software review
  • The Twic Olympics – filmed in Sudan
  • Dmist – a solution for misty pictures
  • Polecam – the story of how this lightest weight crane evolved
  • Book Review: Audio for Single Camera Operation
  • High Definition movies – CineAlta HD cameras
  • Sony HDW 750P: road test
  • Adobe After Effects – software review
  • 360º imaging – the BBC’s ‘Where I Live' project
  • Getting the film look on tape with Panasonic’s AJ-HDC27 HD camera
  • Zerb Basics – Monitors
  • Book Review: High Definition and 24P Cinematography by Paul Wheeler

Zerb 57 Spring 2003 

Guest editor: John Keedwell

  • 30 Golden Rules of Camerawork
  • A tour of America for GTC member Karl Lear
  • DoP Chris Menges interviewed
  • Richard van Nijnatten - in Norway with NATO
  • Paul Wheeler on the mistake of cutting crew sizes
  • Digi-Mitchell - bridging the film/video divide
  • Peter de Jong on future-proofing movies
  • Wildlife cameraman James Gray
  • Optimising the hit rate of your website
  • The Mole Crane - 45 years and still going strong
  • Brian Sinclair on the art of editing
  • Biological Weapons: what should you know about bioterrorism?
  • The Thomson Viper: a grade above the rest? by Geoff Boyle
  • Zerb Basics: Filters

Zerb 56 Autumn 2002 

Guest editor: Karl Lear

  • Stephen Northcott on the art of the camera flyer
  • Laurie Gilbert gets his HUET certificate
  • Desmond Morris - interviewed
  • Filming vocanoes
  • Highly Defined: the CineAlta
  • Charles Teton on shooting with DVCAM
  • Shooting a feature film on HD
  • Canon HD: New prime lenses
  • HD review: Ikegami HdK-790D
  • From one extreme to the other with cameraman Malcolm Ludgate
  • Kayak Crazy: Exhiliarating camerawork in extreme conditions
  • Rhys Williams travels the world following football
  • Zerb Basics: Aerial cinematography from Laurie Gilbert
  • Fibertec - the new lightweight tripod from Vinten
  • Kit Review: the Red Eye wide-angle adaptor
  • Emtec: A visit to a tape manufacturer in Germany
  • The Whys and Wherefores of HD
  • That Elusive Film Look
  • Non-Linear Editing: The first step
  • A Closer Look at High Definition TV
  • Easy Rider - gathering news on a motor-bike
  • Testing, testing... the Sony MPEG IMX

Zerb 55 Spring 2002 

Guest editor: Mac Kenny 

  • Afghanistan: In the line of fire... by Julie Ritson
  • Making Waves - on the Blue Planet
  • Afghanistan: For a few dollars more
  • Mini DV for mainstream broadcast
  • Stormchaser Alister Chapman on selling footage on the web
  • How to make a pain-free insurance claim
  • Fact or Fiction? by past GTC Chairman Peter Ward
  • Court artist Elizabeth Cook on working with news crews
  • Two Man Crews - a dying breed?
  • Trevor Baylis - interviewed
  • Training crews in Sierra Leone 
  • Get the right vaccinations for your foreign shoot
  • Back to the Front - Life in the trenches
  • Zerb Basics - Equipment: hire or buy?

Zerb 54 Autumn 2001 

Guest editor: Christine Stanley

  • The GTC ballot on whether we should change our name
  • Mac Suibhne on the General Election
  • The lives and views of three camerawoman
  • Filmmakers for Conservation – by Chris Dickinson
  • 'Handy Andy' interviewed
  • We're All Broadcasters Now – by Christina Fox 
  • The latest industry-based course from Ravensbourne
  • Camerawoman Beka Dilworth on becoming a Steadicam operator
  • Lighting up the Dark Continent: The work of the Mohammed Amin
  • Foundation in Nairobi
  • Ged Yeates loses his luggage in Romania
  • Magnetic Tape: Do you know how to look after your tapes?
  • Zerb Basics: Paul Sampson on non-linear editing
  • Pangaea: A new 'Bed and Edit' facility in Devon

Zerb 53 Spring 2001 

Guest editor: Ged Yeates

  • Laurie Gilbert goes supersonic with The Turkish Stars
  • David Hands on working and keeping safe on the streets of Israel
  • Rolf Harris – interviewed
  • Paul Osborne on the potentially excellent DV format
  • A–Z of digital terminology
  • The latest widescreen DV cameras tested along with a tripod and head from Vinten
  • A day in the life of a news cameraman in... Asia
  • Spin that really works – how to keep your lens dry in the rain
  • The new camerawork – deliberately or really incompetent?
  • A revolutionary new field editor from Brick House
  • Mark Capstick on why you shouldn't overdo negative gain
  • Alister Chapman: storm-spotting in the USA
  • The widest lenses from Fujinon and Canon compared
  • Rene Collins shoots hi-def in Brazil
  • Zerb Basics: Sound for the Single Camera Operator – Part 2

Zerb 52 Autumn 2000 

Guest editor: Neil Faith

  • What's in your kitbag?
  • A wide angle on Ground Force
  • Mostyn Price at the North Pole
  • Gerald Kaufman – interviewed
  • Cee Vee Central – selling yourself on the internet
  • Desktop editing – does a cameraman need it? 
  • Roger Bolton on BECTU
  • Creating the look in camera – Geoff Boyle on filters
  • The post-production house 'Wizardry in Soho' shares a few of its secrets
  • 'Live' from Westminster – televising and lighting Parliament
  • Zerb Basics: Sound for the Single Camera Operator – Part 1
  • Hostile environments: Are you ready for them?

Zerb 51 Spring 2000 

Guest editor: Paul Mellon

  • Millennium Moments – how we spent Millennium night
  • Later than what...? – behind the scenes on the show that takes its music seriously
  • Kirsty Wark – interviewed
  • Pete Kelly and Des O'Hare shoot children's drama on a budget
  • Advice on buying your own kit from industry experts
  • What every cameraman should know... about Electricians
  • How coverage of the new Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament comes to our screens
  • Developments in Robotic Camera Control 
  • BBC thirty-six camera skiing coverage in Austria 
  • Could a Swedish invention for hand-held camera filming mean the end of back trouble? 
  • Getting trained to cope in an emergency
  • Road-testing JVC's GY-DV500E
  • Zerb Basics: The digital camera menu
  • Peter De Vries turns Summer into Winter with Digital Betacam

Zerb 50 Summer 1999 

Guest editor: Ian Nelson 

  • Chris Yacoubian on using minicams in South Africa
  • A walk up dream street with Caroline Wilson
  • Alastair Stewart – interviewed
  • Osteopath Jane Wheeler on keeping your spine in good shape
  • What every cameraman should know... about Sound
  • Mike Audick reports on shooting a Husky race
  • How a cameraman can become a director/producer
  • David Smith reveals the secrets of shooting a feature on tape
  • The most helpful sound books for cameramen
  • Tested – JVC's new DY-90 digital camera 
  • Zerb Basics: Timecode
  • Book Review: Timecode: A User's Guide by John Ratcliff
  • Darrell Thornton on the innovative lighting techniques used on Holby City

Zerb 49 Spring 1999 

Guest editor: Mike Monks

  • Watching the Birdies with Bill Oddie
  • Paul Riley on shooting aboard a submarine
  • Mike Wood reflects on shooting Floyd Uncorked
  • Norman Ormal: Creating History with Harry Enfield
  • Training Tomorrow's Professionals
  • Stress for cameramen and what to do about it
  • Lord Puttnam – interviewed
  • Book review: The Undeclared War by Lord Puttnam
  • Film and Video: a marriage made in heaven?
  • Zerb Basics: Lighting in the Dark
  • Peter Ward talks about writing manuals for the industry

Zerb 48 Autumn 1998 

Guest editor: Andy Pellett

  • How the BBC is dealing with the transition to widescreen
  • Tackling the forest fires of South-East Asia
  • Andi Peters – interviewed
  • What every cameraman should know
  • Zerb Basics: Lighting for the Single Camera
  • Dave Lawson compares the training he received to what's available today
  • Part 3 of Mike Winser's memories working around the World
  • Paul Bowen on the madness of the sportsmen taking part in the Winter Olympics in Japan
  • JVC's latest cameras tested
  • The history of Fountain's Studio 5 at Wembley 

Zerb 47 Spring 1998 

Guest editor: Helen McAdie

  • Steve Hall on covering the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales
  • Experiences while covering the Big Cat Diary
  • A look back at the career of Ian Stanley
  • What every cameraman should know
  • Michael Palin – interviewed
  • Teletubbies – how it all started and some of the secrets from begind the scenes
  • Multi-Camera Camerawork by Peter Ward – reviewed
  • Brian Cave on his coverage of orpahns in Romania and how he continues to help them today
  • Oceanic UK's underwater image making studio
  • Zerb Basics: Exposure
  • Part 2 of Mike Winser's memories working around the World

Zerb 46 Autumn 1997 

Guest editor: Dick Hibberd

  • A look back at the first Guild Council 25 years ago
  • Laurie Gilbert chronicles a shoot in Vietnam
  • Michael Bond on his days as a BBC cameraman
  • Dave Rogers avoiding housework in Africa
  • Michael Buerk – interviewed
  • Peter Hodges on the move towards digitalisation
  • Training Focus: Extending one's skills, View from the Trainer and Once a Cameraman...!
  • Val Sawdy reflects on the problems of her pregenancy pause
  • Colour Viewfinders – the debate goes on
  • 25 Years of TiCA
  • Looking back at the challenges in the early days of the Guild
  • Part 1 of Mike Winser's memories working around the World
  • Peter Davies recalls making a medical documetary in Wales
  • Is the Big Screen coming into the home and should you be prepared for it?
  • Tony Grant clarifies the art of White Balance

Zerb 45 Spring 1997 

Guest editor: Steve Hall

  • Does the HSE include cameramen in their calculations?
  • Can camerawomen afford to have children?
  • SX Camcorder – reviewed
  • Jack Cardiff – interviewed
  • Father Paul's confessional – stories from the Pros
  • Steve Hall looks at the list of new digital formats
  • A look back at the life of Mohammed Amin
  • Dicky Howett meets Bill Vinten
  • Tim Felstead on CCDs that switch aspect ratio from 16:9 to 14:3
  • Paul Hirons gives an account on his company's past, present and future
  • Howard Dartnell on life on the road as a lone news cameraman

Zerb 44 Autumn 1996 

Guest editor: Mark Print

  • Rhys Williams – a welshman abroad
  • The stories behind staging Les Miserables
  • A look at the latest camera operating techniques
  • Vinten's Fulmar pedestal scoops another award
  • Mark Print on how Mini-cams can be successful
  • Dicky Howett inside Sammy's
  • The man behind the National Musuem of Photography, Film and Television
  • Sky Football – on the road with Ron Seeth
  • Book Review: Picture Composition for Film and TV by Peter Ward
  • Phillip's unique approach to 16:9 switchability
  • Laurie Gilbert's secrets to success as a freelancer
  • Father Paul's confessional – stories from the pros

Zerb 43 Spring 1996 

Guest editor: John Constable

  • A look back to the pioneering days of television operation
  • The Evolution of Steadicam
  • A combat cameraman's view of the Vietnam War
  • Leo Dickinson talks about filming on Everest
  • The truth behind British TV – from Canary Wharf
  • Skillset – NVQs demystified 
  • The case for keeping analogue processing in cameras
  • Scentsurround – an exclusive preview
  • Trouble shooting Health and Safety concerns
  • A glimpse into the future of cameras
  • Battle of the Aspect Ratios – the Widescreen debate continued

Zerb 42 Autumn 1995 

Guest editor: Phill Dobson

  • An assistant cameraman's POV working in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco
  • Dicky Howett on restoring ancient TV cameras
  • On the Edge – An insight into working in dangerous situations
  • How Widescreen Video Cameras can take us closer to filmic style
  • Brian Madison takes a look at the life of a Freelance Cameraman
  • Peter Ward considers Video Journalists, the role of a cameraman and the current state of the industry
  • Improving the reliability of rechargable batteries
  • What do 'Widescreen' and 'Digital Television' really mean?

Zerb 41 Spring 1995 

Guest editor: Paul Sampson

  • Demand for crews is up, but can the quality flag keep flying?
  • Pete Ward sees red of the topic of black-and-white Viewfinders
  • Frank Biffone on making an antipodean documentary
  • How BBC News is tackling new technology and new challenges
  • Ben Cope talks about the human eye
  • Dutch cameraman Pim Korver – interviewed
  • An insight into a cameraman's wet weather gear
  • John Sharp on why he would go back to America if he had the chance
  • Pye – a piece of television history
  • A tribute to Bernard Hesketh
  • Tony Grant discovers Calmar Filters and picks up some tips along the way
  • An encounter with Ikegami's 'cross-eyed camera'
  • Chairman-torial – fighting to improve the Art and Craft of Camerawork

Zerb 40 Autumn 1994 

Guest editor: Peter Ward

  • Shooting a Hi-8 documentary in Southern Sudan
  • Tony Grant checks out the 'bells and whistles' available for portable cameras
  • Andy Hall returns to the 'Street' he left many years ago
  • Getting into television – the crisis in training
  • Mike Winser – interviewed
  • Lamps – cold lighting for hot results
  • Car insurance hazards
  • Rugby coverage of television
  • News coverage on both Film and Tape
  • A Stills Photographer's view of the Television Cameraman
  • The volunteers who provide a hospital television service
  • Bob Ewens in Istanbul
  • Dicky Howett remembers the EMI 203
  • A report from a Guild workshop on 'Going freelance'
  • Police television – Mark Berners and the Essex 'Bill'

Zerb 39 Spring 1994 

Managing editor: Alison Chapman

  • Graham Jaggers shoots drama in the Hebrides
  • An actors view from the other side of the camera
  • Stephen de Vere on spending a year in Antartica
  • A year 'on call' filming Salcombe lifeboat crew
  • Anchor Marine Services explain why they are a must for production companies filming at sea
  • Alan Jessop on travelling around Europe for the BBC
  • The Guild's 21 years communicating with equipment manufacturers
  • The work of Peter Parks, world expert in Cine-photomicrography
  • Tales from two months covering cricket in India
  • A Helicopter Tale – Rex Palmer's lucky escape
  • Reg King looks back at his earliest encounters with the industry
  • John Wykes makes the most of current frequency allocations and equipment options

Zerb 38 Winter 1993 

Guest editor: Peter Ward

  • The Guild's 21st anniversary
  • Year by year highlights of the Guild between 1972 and 1993
  • Dick Hibberd speculates on the future of the Guild
  • Gallery from the 1993 AGM
  • Guild Awards
  • BAFTA Craft Awards


Zerb 37 Spring/Summer 1993 

Guest editor: Jill Ranford

  • The future of the BBC – the Guild's submission to the Department of National Heritage
  • The story of the British expedition that sent live pictures from 18,000 feet up Mount Makalu
  • Michael Starks on how 'Producer Choice' works
  • Sid Perou shoots in the air and below the ground
  • How Ian Savage picked up a small, desirable job
  • Crawford Telfer on working for the Christian TV Association
  • Community TV in Brazil
  • The secret of Video Diaries
  • The life of a freelance cameraman in Holland
  • Gary Buck travels the world with Hi-8
  • The birth and death of Eldorado, through the eyes of a cameraman
  • Steve Cowin on training engineers in Asia
  • The views from a casualty of the latest BBC reorganisation

Zerb 36 Autumn/Winter 1992 

Guest editor: Mark Jerome

  • How the race was won to manufacture and install dozens of remote heads in time for the Barcelona Olympics
  • A cautionary tale about the threat of back pain
  • Dick Hibberd reflects on changes affecting cameramen over the last 10 years
  • Ira Tiffen's Guild workshop on Filters
  • The history of the Vinten family business
  • The 1992 Open Golf
  • Laurie Gilbert talks about his work in New Zealand, Australia and Europe
  • A report on the ambisonic sound demonstrations given at the HDTV symposium in Dublin
  • Reviews of a large range of lighting books
  • Peter Bower on his involvement in one of Spain's first HDTV studio productions
  • Keith Gibson talks about covering golf

Zerb 35 Spring 1992 

Guest editors: Martin Hawkins & Tony Keene

  • 1991 – The year of change
  • Stuart Bush on the Jimmy Jib
  • Mohamed Amin – interviewed
  • Graham Maunder on a difficult 1991
  • Russians lighthearted search for the Loch Ness Monster
  • Learning some lighting tricks from old masters
  • Alan Cooke's journey to create the ultimate battery belt
  • Martin Hawkins returns to Siret one year on
  • Diary of a Challenge Anneka location manager
  • Graham Brown's lighting approach to Brookside
  • Mike Dugdale risks his life twice in one day
  • Audio facilities – how redundancy lead to success

Zerb 34 Autumn 1991 

Guest editor: Paul Sampson

  • Differences between video and film camera outputs
  • VICAL – calibration device for location video shooting
  • Two independent film makers begin to blossom
  • Travelling through India with Bobby Robson
  • PAG and Anton Bauer explain the Ni-Cad battery
  • 25 years of Mark Roberts Film Services
  • The use of carbon fibre in the Apogee motion control rig
  • Proposals to ensure predictable standards for all location cameras
  • A news editor's experiences in Kuwait during the Gulf War
  • On the move – Cover by FIMBRA
  • Camera coverage of Branson and Lindstrand's hot air balloon flights
  • A history of NASA's use of television in space
  • A Welsh Soap that records each programme on the day of transmission
  • One man's experiences of Technocrane

Zerb 33 Spring 1991 

 Guest editor: Steve Hall

  • The past, present and future of BBC TV OBs
  • A rough guide to the foreign shoot
  • The joys of working with silver rather than rust
  • Mike Winser on the Africawatch Pre-shoot
  • How the live Africawatch transmissions were covered
  • Charting the development of the BBC's Radio Camera alongside a cameraman famous for digital communications
  • A television teaching trip to the Kingdom of Brunei
  • Rendezvous in Romania
  • The technology behind the BBC's Cordless Camera
  • Cinevideo's Robin Tomlin – interviewed
  • Clive Lovell contacts his optician
  • Keith Gibson on Bi-focals and looking after your eyes

Zerb 32 Autumn 1990 

Guest editor: Mandy Moles

  • Making a programme with the Awfully Nice Video Company
  • Scorpio – shooting video 3000 feet below sea level
  • Slim MacDonnell on being an underwater cameraman
  • Ron Green on working with HDTV
  • Overcoming the problems of filming Traffik
  • A look at the achievements of Pierre Angenieux
  • Behind the scenes of Greater Manchester Police's training school
  • Whitbread around the world – filming yacht racing
  • Extracts from Mike Blakeley's diary while in deepest Ethiopia 
  • What is it like for an Englishman working for a Dutch facilities company?
  • The story behind a documentary on skiing with the physically disabled

Zerb 31 Spring 1990 

Guest editor: Deek Rose

  • A look at Sony's DAT portable audio recorder
  • Birdwatch – a cliffhanging story
  • Ian Lewis pays tribute to Peter Wayne
  • David Hahn looks at some of the latest equipment
  • David Matthews talks about filming in Africa
  • The story of Dave Hatter's fight against blindness
  • Neville Smith on communist Albania
  • Recent developments of the Betacam SP format
  • A look at the first year of independent company 'Young Productions'
  • An introduction to the work of environmental media charity Media Natura
  • Covering a winter sports endurance competition
  • Jon Wensley talks about working on a Moscow OB
  • Keith Gibson on framing for the 16:9 HD aspect ratio
  • Keith Salmon on some amusing incidents covering live drama

Zerb 30 Autumn 1989 

Guest editors: James French and Toby Horwood

  • Covering the Comrades Marathon
  • Celebrating Concorde's 20th anniversary with the BBC
  • Ravensbourne – Training for the future
  • Two Guild members at Montreux 1989
  • A look at Ted Churchill's Optex Steadicam course
  • Jill Ranford's impressions of the course
  • John Barlow's Commonwealth Relations Trust trip to India
  • Some memoral moments travelling through India
  • 30 years of the Film and Television Institute of India
  • The making of the first Eureka HDTV programme
  • The current state of Sony's HD video system
  • ZIT – Pebble Mill's alternative to Zerb
  • SSVC – entertaining troops around the world
  • Holgar Dohn describes the magic of Vinten's Merlin Arm
  • CCDs – how they work and the latest developments
  • A Dutch cameraman scales new peaks with a Philips LDK 90
  • The story behind BBC Newcastle's old and new headquarters
  • Video Stills Cameras
  • Martin Hawkins mourns the death of Limehouse Studios

Zerb 29 Spring 1989 

Guest editors: David Petrie and Brian Maddison

  • Salute to John Duncum's work for Zerb
  • Visiting the North-East's open air 'living' museum
  • Chris Kelly – taking the first steps into writing for television
  • Marking 100 years of Barr and Stroud
  • A look at the RSPB film unit
  • Still life – A bird's eye view of a cameraman
  • Ian White on covering cycling for television
  • David Petrie charts the careers of two men who have spent most of their working lives with Vinten
  • The background of ITV's 'Get Fresh'
  • G.S.A.P. – An interesting use for a cartridge camera
  • Martin Petit takes a busman's holiday in Japan
  • A look at film in Japanese TV
  • Montreux and all that Jazz
  • Poland – behind the curtain

Zerb 28 Autumn 1988 

Guest editor: Peter Ward

  • New Techniques in TV drama production
  • Content v Technique and Film v Tape debated
  • Single or multi-camera shoots?
  • Single camera studio drama productions
  • Brookside – revolution in UK 'soap' production
  • 1984 TiCA Awards
  • Classic shots by the master of the crane
  • The television cameraman in 1936
  • A cameraman's view of the 1953 Coronation
  • Colour V/F – Dream or Reality?

Zerb 27 Spring 1988 

Guest editor: Keith Gibson

  • A tribute to Dave Swan – by Barrie Dodd
  • The pitfalls of shooting video drama
  • Mainline cameras – The Future?
  • The first video pictures from within a british deep coal mine
  • Tonight – one part of a 'Two-way story'
  • Getting the best out of a helicopter shoot
  • In Hong Kong – That's just not Cricket!
  • The colouristaion of black and white movies
  • Heart attack – a personal point of view
  • Tony Maynard – cameraman
  • On tour on a motorbike
  • Telstar – a brief history of the Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station
  • The Granada TV studios give their first impressions of the Ikegami 323
  • Network 7 – the lowdown on angles
  • Freelance cameraman Tony Keene on the perils of answering the phone
  • A video drama using Prime Lenses

Zerb 26 Autumn 1987 

Guest editor: Jeff Naylor

  • Swedish TV's remotely controlled submarine
  • Roger Bruce – the wrong side of the lens
  • The different working environments experienced by one freelance cameraman
  • Zerb photographic competition
  • A cameraman's view of all that was new at Montreux '87
  • Getting to grips with Steadicam at the National Film and Television school
  • Geoff Feld on the past, present and future of video camerawork
  • An operator's perspective of HD television
  • BTS LDK90 – reviewed
  • Why did Granada's 'Flood Tide' look so filmic?
  • Remote control cranes
  • Steve Wood investigates Chapman's crabbing crane dolly
  • How a Granada TV prgamme prompted Reg King to tell us all
  • AGM 1987
  • Ron Seath talks about working on the first Western programme broadcast in the USSR
  • Montreux diary
  • Richard Lindsay of W. Vinten explains the principles behind the vision range
  • Walter Lasselly's autobiography – reviewed

Zerb 25 Spring 1987 

Guest editor: Graeme McAlpine

  • Tony Grant looks at operational camera requirements
  • Keith Salmon – 1986 TiCA Craft Award Winner
  • Recording Torvill and Dean's 'Fire and Ice'
  • Russelll Baxter on working in two very different climatic conditions
  • Harefield Hospital Television
  • The work of London Fire Brigade's cameraman
  • The early days of TV sound
  • How the Philips LDK 90 was designed
  • ZIT – The National Association of Camera Assistants
  • Duncan Richmond talks about a 'live' parachute descent
  • Tyne Tee's cameraman Brian Madison not knowing his left from his right
  • Brookside's Alan Marsden and the Merseyside wonder
  • Training TV cameramen at the BBC
  • TV pictures from occupied Paris
  • John Henshall unravels the mystique surrounding filters
  • Paul Kay remembers his experiences with the Mole Crane
  • CCD Betacam
  • David Petrie talks about handhelds in large mountings
  • Tony Grant's views on lens specification
  • Israel's educational TV
  • LWT cameraman Andrew Vale with his views on the future of the industry

Zerb 24 Autumn 1986 

Guest editor: John Duncum

  • Chairman Lawrie Duley on the Guild of Television Cameramen
  • Schoolboy Simon Leigh spends a day with an OB camera crew
  • Mike Winser does location drama much justice
  • Cameraman Jill Ranford
  • Hans Essenberg on covering an ice skating tour
  • TV Optics – Canon's guidebook
  • Reg Neadles talks about Elstree Aerodrome
  • Harry the RAF pilot on filming for QED
  • A tribute to Sir Huw Wheldon
  • The odd couple – David Sparks and Peter Garland
  • Sexy Folies
  • Aaron Ben-David and the West Midlands Fire Service
  • Data Protection Act – How the Guild and Zerb keep their noses clean on your behalf
  • Will BBC producer John Shrewsbury ever forgive cameraman Nick Jordan
  • J. Kingston Platt remembers Hal Minchingtrope and actor Peter Jones knows them both
  • Reg King reveals his kinky past
  • Ron Green talks about cranes
  • A Man with a Heavy Camera
  • Camerawork - Kiwi style!
  • Chris Owens gives his views on the Periscope Lens Attachment


Zerb 23 Spring 1986

Guest editor: John Duncum

  • Night vision broadcast quality cameras
  • BAFTA – Biased Awards For Television Artisans?
  • Fuji 44x Zoom Lens
  • North of the Himalaya
  • ATN 7 Sydney cameraman Peter Westley on Racecam
  • The 1986 GTC council members
  • Is there life after ATV?
  • A Graphic Account from graphic designer Don Baker
  • Community Carnet – Free of charge bureaucracy 
  • Vari-Lite – The beginning of sophisticated lamp control?
  • Zit
  • Sony BVP 360 – reviewed
  • Safety – It is your concern or your neck!
  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Maunder!
  • Two LWT cameramen take a backwards drive

Zerb 22 Autumn 1985

Guest editor: Graham Maunder

  • Dave Maxwell 'shoots' with the stars
  • Holography
  • Supervisor aptitude test
  • Montreux 1985
  • Oman – Another tight squeeze by VisionsMobiles 
  • Live Aid 2 – The greatest media event ever?
  • Live Aid 3 – Harvey Lee, TV critic, gives his views
  • Let's take safety seriously
  • New Zealand – Country GP
  • Giacomo Cerina finds out about Sony's HD TV system
  • Viewfinders – as two cameramen see them
  • Batteries – the final word?
  • Film vs Betacam
  • ENG cameras

Zerb 21 Spring 1985

Guest editor: Peter Ward

  • TiCA Awards
  • Roy Simpler looks back at ATV Elstree
  • Philips LDK 54 – reviewed
  • Limehouse Studios – Life in a facility company
  • The chairman of PAG Ltd talks about batteries
  • The Economics of Television Productions
  • Miles Kington examines the mounting of cameras
  • Working on the Coronation OB
  • Helen Kingsbury describes her days as a camera trainee
  • Jane Osbourne writes about the ergonomics of camera design
  • Tony Grant gives the update on viewfinders
  • The Old Man of Hoy – Selwyn Cox reviews the latest BBC climb
  • Donald Aldous tells the story of the BBC's first commercial competitor
  • Captain Christopher Spencer faces the dangers of ice bergs and Central TV in the filming of 'The Last Place on Earth'
  • Guild AGM 1985 details

Zerb 20 Autumn 1984 

Guest editor:  Bob Wilson

  • Graham Maunder gives an insight into Skycam
  • An update on the facilities available on the Goodyear Airship 'Europa'
  • Bruce Miller on 'Heli-Tele'
  • Helicopter pilot Capt. Eric Brown talks about the relationship between a cameraman and his pilot
  • Geoff Thomas on covering boxing
  • Sports director Jim Jennett talks about working on both sides on the 'pond'
  • Underwater film and video techniques
  • Jim Day recalls working on the D-day celebrations
  • BBC calling – The secret war of Charles Fraser-Smith
  • Paul Graham describes the thought behind designing his camera trolley
  • A contrast in camera techniques between the 1936 and 1984 Olympics
  • Lawrie Dudley describes how he saw Lime Grove enter the TV era
  • What can you say about batteries?
  • Inside CBS operations

Zerb 19 Spring 1984 

Guest editor: Peter Ward

  • BAFTA cameraman nominations and awards
  • John Henshall speculates on future camera design
  • The use of TV cameras for motorway surveillance
  • Techniques which will enable computers to analyse video pictures
  • John Duncum on covering the Sarajevo winter olympics
  • Donald Aldous visits the National Museum of Photogrpahy
  • Alan Martin recalls the early days of Lime Grove studios
  • How Francis Ford Coppola uses 'video assist' in film production
  • Dick Hibberd writes an open letter to international members
  • Dave Davies on restoring a steam road roller
  • Hitachi SK-110 – reviewed
  • The definitive viewfinder specification
  • Laurie Quayle on editing South West Week
  • Peter Ward reviews a new report on HD television systems

Zerb 18 Autumn 1983

Editor: John Duncum

  • Television cricket – Kiwi style
  • GTC AGM 1983
  • Peter Ward argues that TV should be a converstaion with the audience
  • The move to FEP
  • John Henshall on lighting
  • Page and a pram – a true story
  • Zerb magazine – a case study
  • Nigel Reynolds, owner of Redapple, talks about how he and his partner found the cash to start their own company
  • A tribute to broadcaster Stuart Hibberd
  • Draft outline specification for viewfinders – part 2

Zerb 17 Spring 1983

Editor: John Duncum

  • Robin Sutherland talks about filming from the back of a motorbike
  • Keith Salmon on working on 'Boys from the Blackstuff'
  • Video – Creative stumbling block?
  • Paul Cheary on macro/micro photography
  • Lighting training methods – past, present and future
  • Television producer Heather Mansfield talks about 'Brookside'
  • The effects of a TV series on the police force
  • Richard Pilbrow – a personal story
  • Ex-cameraman Tony Swain talks about following his dreams
  • Bill Vinten on his past and plans for the future
  • Draft outline specification for viewfinders – part 1

Zerb 16 Autumn 1982

Editor: John Duncum 

  • Zerb's 10th anniversary
  • The EBU strive to standardise
  • Mervyn Wilson talks about his years in the film industry
  • Bob Coles of Tarn describes a rather amazing commerical shoot
  • Tribute to John Tonge MBE
  • Dave Ballantyne talks about the BBC's lighting training
  • Never marry a cameraman unless...
  • Correspondance between cameraman Dave Hunter and Bill Vinten of W. Vinten. Ltd
  • Dave Crawley talks about electronic graphics
  • J.C.A Chaimowicz on the basics of light measurement
  • Does TV impacts a hostage situation?
  • Michael Collcutt on the changes occurring within the TV industry
  • Bruce Miller talks about a rather clever helicopter camera mount
  • The American market excuse
  • RCA TK47 – reviewed

Zerb 15 Spring 1982

Editor: John Duncum

  • Light-weight portable cameras and the changing future of video
  • Underwater wonderland – TV underwater
  • The new two man low angle dolly from Vinten
  • The story of Mark Hume McCormack
  • The British Amateur Television Club
  • Peter Mcintyre – interviewed (part 2)
  • Barry Stevens answers some FAQs on video editing
  • Is the TV industry heading in the right direction?
  • Peter Ward suggests TV has lost its ability to discriminate between fiction and reality
  • Maurice Gorham on the struggles of re-opening the British Television Service after the war
  • Paul Harding talks about working on the BBC's 'Triangle'
  • Why is make-up so important?
  • Mike Winser talks about his life

Zerb 14 Autumn 1981

Editor: John Duncum

  • A look back at Mike Soloman's time as chairman of the guild
  • The dangers of working near microwaves
  • Live on the rocks – filming climbers
  • The Open University – Student and Teacher P.O.V.s
  • Peter Mcintyre and his LVP company
  • Aspheric optical surfaces
  • The Adventures of Niko – competing against the big boys
  • New Guild chairman Lawrie Duley takes a trip down memory lane
  • The Cost of Camera Mobility – New possibilities
  • Bill Barry on Ireland's national radio and TV service
  • Tim Watson of Westward TV recounts a trip to India
  • How do you get a journalist's job in radio or TV?
  • Mike Solomons and two colleagues visit the Angenieux lens factory
  • Simon Fone on his time as a mature student at York University

Zerb 13 Spring 1981

Editor: John Duncum

  • John Mayhew explains why his companies uses film cameramen instead of TV cameramen
  • Geoff Greenslade talks about working on two completely different productions
  • Should we watch TV's watchers more than we have in the past?
  • EBU on ENG lenses
  • Heather Mansfield takes the editor to task over the image he perpetrates with Zerb of cameramen
  • Kevin Kavanagh – Film cameraman and editor of the magazine Eyepiece
  • Survive a plane crash – part 2
  • The most exciting TV show since the embassy siege
  • Alan Brill gives his personal thoughts on 'Talkback' 
  • Cameraman Mike Hobbs has discovered that there is more to life than work
  • BBC Lighting Supervisor Hu Cartwright – interviewed
  • Mike Baldock – Getting to know the he man behind the camera
  • How do you spend your days off?
  • A brief history of mechanical television
  • Sportsfocuser – Automatic focusing
  • The bare essentials forgotten during recent camera development

Zerb 12 Autumn 1980

Editor: John Duncum

  • GTC AGM 1980
  • The BBC's supplementary coverage of the 1980 Olympic games in Moscow
  • John Thornton – photographer
  • The EBU's thinking on camera lenses for ENG
  • The Guild – the story so far
  • Cameraman Iain Nowell on his lucky escape from a helicopter crash
  • Your ideal camera department?
  • Deciding what's News – reviewed
  • A short story about a BBC ENG seminar
  • How to survive a plane crash
  • Mike Winser looks back at 18 months working on location drama
  • Sid and Mary Sidebottom talk about their personal experience of vasectomies 
  • What really makes a cameraman a cameraman?
  • TV cameraman goes filming
  • Part 2 of an extract from the biography of Kenneth Horne
  • Do you want to go to America?
  • Editor John Duncum is taken to task by Vernon Dyer
  • Raymond Brooks-Ward recalls the lighter side of his broadcasting career
  • The secret Paris of the 30s
  • David Dimbleby – interviewed
  • Dave Hunter, Phil Jones, Roger Prior and Martin Wyatt prove they are more than just zoom and focus merchants
  • Susan Mayer talks about going through a marriage breakdown

Zerb 11 Spring 1980

Editor: John Duncum

  • Colour V/F – Dream or Reality?
  • Cameraman Alistair Watt talks about ENG in Scotland
  • John Radley talks about life in Canada
  • A Westward Television production crew talk about their new purpose-built Sony OB unit
  • A different girl every night – Sci-Fi by Dr. John Pierce
  • Just for you – A high fibre diet
  • A message to broadcasters from Leo Sturgess
  • Part 1 of an extract from the biography of Kenneth Horne
  • Pope John Paul's visit to Ireland
  • Freelance sound engineer Chris Wolf deescribes his way of life
  • The production side of lunchtime show 'Pebble Mill at One'
  • Buying early cottage furniture – What should you be looking for?
  • Nigel Renolds – interviewed
  • Director Roger Gage looks at life from both sides of the camera

Zerb 10 Autumn 1979

Editor: John Duncum

  • Coverage of the San Diego air disaster
  • Stuart Orme – The Mersey Pirate
  • Live current affairs TV – What could go wrong?
  • Covering a total solar eclipse
  • Alan Marsden talks about his travels in Asia
  • The ITN ENG Technical Evaluation Period
  • Tony Astridge tells a tale of TV coverage in Oman
  • Philips LDK 514 – reviewed
  • Rambling Dick Hibberd
  • Montreux '79 – report
  • Bob Coles on the design and modifications of future portable cameras
  • The secret Paris of the 30s
  • Mike Baldock – A tribute by Mike Solomons
  • HMI Lighting
  • Tommy Hodgson describes climbing the Lake District's second highest peak
  • Canned laughter – Good or Bad?
  • Back pain
  • The IBA and the Future
  • ORW-EL Television Inc.
  • Simon Fone talks about life as a mature student at York University
  • John Pett discusses whether the 'fun' as gone out of television
  • Protecting your eyesight – An experts advice
  • VTR editing – The future?

Zerb 9 Spring 1979

Editor: John Duncum

  • The 1978 GTC AGM
  • Bob Turner talks about working as a Newsfilm cameraman
  • Miniaturising the Louma Camera Crane
  • Multi-camera shooting
  • A glimpse into the private life of Douglas Birkinshaw OBE
  • Freelancers' success with ENG
  • Society of TV Lighting Directors
  • Nigel Fitzhue reveals almost all
  • 'What became of the Telepole idea?'
  • The Future of the GTC – Point of view answers to Rod Allen's opinions
  • An excerpt from the late Henry Longhurst's autobiography
  • The GTC – What do you think so far?
  • TV in New Zealand
  • Portables – Five different cameras reviewed by the professionals that use them
  • CCD Chips for Tubeless TV Cameras
  • Mike Solomons on the new Health and Safety Act

Zerb 8 Autumn 1978

Editor: John Duncum

  • John Henshall on Dick Hibberd
  • Harry Storey tells of a time of heavy camera gear
  • Packer Cricket
  • Part 2 of an excerpt from the biography by Richard Dimbleby
  • Who wants to be ENGenius?
  • Will Wyatt describes another way to produce a programme
  • VTR Animation
  • Vintage TV cameras
  • Gore-tex – The future of waterproof clothing
  • The low down on the Institute of Broadcast Sound
  • American ENG
  • Le Patomane – A tribute to the unique act which shook and shattered the Moulin Rouge
  • The new Vinten 'Post Head' – Opinions from the pros
  • Back pain – A doctor osteopath's approach
  • Why I dislike cameramen by Mike Wilson
  • A Canadian view of NAB
  • Simon Fone on the BBC Location Production Unit
  • Film director Bernie Lewis discusses cameramen
  • Angenieux – The problems/The solutions
  • Brief first impressions on the Marconi Mk. 9
  • Steve Jellyman on Phonographs
  • To train a cameraman
  • Philips LDK 15 L – reviewed
  • Wimbledon as seen through the eyes of John Duncum
  • The GTC – Of value to manufacturers and users of cameras alike

The Journal of the GTC 7 Spring 1978

Editor: John Duncum

  • Reports on the first all ENG programme produced in the UK
  • Swedish Radio
  • Bob Coles talks about RTS's 'Light revolution' symposium at Pebble Mill
  • Jon Rees column – The problem of foreigners on holiday
  • The work of a TV cameraman
  • History of the Zoom Lens – part 2
  • Ronnie Wladman – A brief tribute by Robin Scott
  • Sheila Hocken tells us about how she can see after years in the dark
  • A TV and film lens testing system
  • Dave Rogers on his initiation tour of BBC's Lime Grove studios
  • Geostationary satellites and communications
  • Part 1 of an excerpt from the biography by Richard Dimbleby
  • Ron Tufnell – A 'behind the scenes' man who has acheived much with little recognition
  • Microprocessors
  • A Guild guide to cameraman training? – by Dick Hibberd
  • IVC Portable on Vinten Ped
  • Ros Storey checks out some new vision mixing equipment
  • Thin Film TV Panel – How soon the end of the Cathode Ray Tube?
  • The Cancer Puzzle by Robert F. Weaver
  • Sheer enjoyment – by a sound engineer
  • First impressions of the Thomson Microcam
  • A brief report on the Scorpion Dolly

The Journal of the GTC 6 Autumn 1977 

Editor: John Duncum

  • GTC AGM 1977
  • There's not many people know this by Reg King
  • An International Ideal – The future of the Guild
  • Burt Betts – His life and times
  • IVC – The first 12 months
  • Swiss-French ENG
  • Angenieux – The problems/The solutions
  • NECAM – The Neve Computer Aided Mixing System
  • John Duncum's first impressions of Steadicam
  • Run for your life – Why you should take up athletics
  • Jon Rees column – My holiday
  • Citizen's Band radio
  • Using films in the classroom
  • Lulu Whittlesea achieves fame through the BBC's 'It's a knockout'
  • Vinten's Peregrine crane
  • New techniques in TV drama production
  • History of the Zoom Lens – part 1
  • T.C. 6 & Link – Part 2
  • Lasers – present and future
  • Weekend in Europa by Chris Williams and Robin Sutherland
  • The work of a TV cameraman

The Journal of the GTC 5 Spring 1977 

Editor: John Duncum

  • Pocket Television
  • Ideas to increase AGM attendance
  • ITN's two camera range rover
  • Television – A career?
  • Vinten's Mk. 5 pan and tilt head – reviewed
  • Plains goes to Washington – The first BBC ENG documentary
  • John Bliss looks back at how TV has changed during his career
  • Was Paul Revere a minute person?
  • Calculating the width of shot – the easy way
  • Bill Vinten on the Vinten Peregrine
  • Murphy's law – if it can happen, it will!
  • Philips LDK 25 at Yorkshire TV
  • Film or Television cameraman?
  • John Glenister on his career
  • Portable TV lighting control system
  • John Duncum on fluid heads
  • Avoiding back trouble at work
  • New directions for cameramen
  • Jim Atkinson 'Hell on Wheels' – TV drama from the cameraman's point of view
  • BBC Television Studio 6 and the Link 110 camera
  • Seaside Special by a sound engineer
  • The prototype Canon 25-1 

The Journal of the GTC 4 Autumn 1975 

Editor: John Henshall

  • Perspective – The editor's thoughts on equipment, packaging, entertainment, a new magazine title, and the next issue of the magazine
  • How two ITV companies came to cover the same football match
  • An engineer comments on professionals in the industry
  • Vinten Petrel pan and tilt head – reviewed
  • Philips LDK 5 – reviewed
  • The 1974 March GTC council meeting report
  • Did you know – discussions about camera hardware
  • A tribute to Dave Rogers 
  • Keith Salmon on the Vinten Peregrine
  • Love and lust behind the camera
  • Profile 3: Vernon Dyer
  • The 1974 June GTC council meeting report
  • The Marconi Mk. 8 portable camera – reviewed

The Journal of the GTC 3 Winter 1974

Editor: John Henshall

  • The last 1973 GTC council meeting report
  • The aims and means of the GTC
  • A visit to Rank Optics
  • Heard and seen – the first camera
  • Profile 2: Ted Cocks
  • Waterbound – HTV Scanner takes to water
  • David Bull – interviewed
  • LDK 15 Mk. 2 – reviewed
  • Vernon Dyer on Zoom vs Turret
  • Thermal underwear for cameramen
  • Book review – TV Camera Operation by Gerald Millerson

The Journal of the GTC 2 Autumn 1973

Editor: John Henshall

  • Being a cameraman – It's easy if you have fourhands!
  • Profile 1: Peter Sargeant
  • The ACC 5000 Portable Colour TV Camera – reviewed
  • Link's Series 110 Colour camera – reviewed
  • The Flying Pod – transporting portable cameras from one shoot to the next
  • John Scarrott on Granada's Studio 8
  • The June 1973 GTC council meeting report
  • Peter Jones at the AGM

The Journal of the GTC 1 Spring 1973 

Editor: Dave Rogers

  • Being a cameraman – Point and Focus
  • Is an ITV exchange scheme for cameraman a good idea?
  • Poem – The Television Cameraman by George R. Wood
  • Credits for cameramen
  • Experimenting with new lightweight OB equipment
  • Television cameramen and their Guild
  • Thoughts on Television and its future from the early pioneers
  • The Philips LDK 15 prototype – reviewed
  • Geoff Plumb takes a look at London Weekend Television's move from Wembley to the South Bank