Doug Birnbaum

San Francisco, California

About Me

Doug Birnbaum is a celebrated cinematographer and photographer known for his innovative approach and collaborative spirit. With multiple awards to his name in both still and motion picture work, Doug thrives behind the camera, always eager to dive into a new creative project.

Growing up in Southern California, Doug's early interest in the arts led him to Hollywood, where he took acting classes as soon as he was old enough to drive. This passion for storytelling guided him to film school, where he discovered his love for the creative process behind the camera. After several years working in various roles in television production in Los Angeles, Doug pursued an MFA in Commercial Photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Doug's career began with traditional training in cinema and photography, including a degree in Directing from Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television and further honing his skills with the American Society of Cinematographers. His transition from acting to production allowed him to elevate scenes and drama, seamlessly blending his talents in both mediums.

With over 20 years in the industry, Doug's portfolio spans commercials, corporate videos, award-winning social media content, and feature-length documentaries. His work has taken him around the globe.

Doug's exceptional photography has earned him numerous accolades, including the American Photography Magazine Emerging Photographer award, multiple honors from Artists Photographers of America, and the Audience Choice Award from Boston SciFi. As a production expert with an eye for detail, he ensures every shoot is meticulously crafted, resulting in authentic, immersive experiences.

Passionate about capturing the world’s beauty uniquely, Doug loves collaborating with other creatives and is always ready for a new challenge. He is eager to bring fresh ideas to life on every project, constantly pushing the boundaries of his craft.

Past Clients:
American Express
American Eagle
Discovery Channel
Oxygen Network
Mercedes Benz-AMG
Bay Meadows
Macy's Fashion Incubator
Planet Fitness
Whole Foods
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Sunrun Solar
UC Berkeley
MasterChef Australia

I have been in the industry since 2004.

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Doug and his assistant Brian did an outstanding job for us on our pharma shoot. I found Doug through the Production Hub and need a professional DP who would represent us well in front of our customers. Doug was very professional and helpful and the outcome of our shoot was outstanding footage. I'm very pleased to recommend Doug.

Marshall Media

Doug was awesome. Patient through all the scheduling changes before the shoot, on time both days of the shoot, and figured out beautiful set ups using the location we provided. When we finished early on the second day, he offered to capture additional b-roll that we could use in our video. I'm thrilled with his work and look forward to more opportunities to work with him.

Christopher King

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