DSLR video training
1-to-1 custom-tailored Video courses
The HD video capabilities of Canon and Nikon DSLRs and Sony or Panasonic mirrorless cameras give you the chance to record video in ways that used to be the exclusive right of professionals.
The ExposureWorks Level 1 and Level 2 DSLR video courses are aimed both at complete beginners, enthusiasts and people planning a career change and with a goal to enter the film industry. Over the years I have trained journalists, documentary filmmakers, actors, marketing experts, photographers who wanted to discover the world of video and old-school amateurs coming from the world of Super8 film.
No matter what your level is, if you want to understand the fundamentals of filmmaking and start producing high-quality, cinematic footage, these are the courses for you.
Music video shot on a Canon 5D Mark III with L-series Canon lenses and vintage, manual Nikon lenses.
Trailer for a kids’ puppet show shot on the Canon 5D Mark II.
The Level 1 course will teach you how to take control of your camera in order to:
- understand and learn to set up the basic parameters of your exposure: aperture, shutter speed and sensitivy – learn to use them as the creative tools that they are
- get your exposure right – understand the principle and practice of metering
- learn how to get a good exposure for your shots in under 30 seconds using the live histogram
- learn how to select a lens for your video (a praise for old, manual lenses)
- understand what your camera is and is NOT capable of, understand the advantages and limitations of digital video
- knowing your essential gear (tripods, filters)
The Level 2 course is an advanced workshop building on all that you’ve mastered at Level 1:
- understanding the fundamentals of lighting a shot
- daytime shooting with the use available light both indoors and outdoors
- shooting indoors in low light
- lighting one or two characters for a shot
- learning the basics of film grammar (shot sizes, static camera v. camera in motion)
- planning your shoots in advance and helpful software for doing recces and lighting plans
- mastering white balance and colour temperature
TV spot introducing the charitable work done by contestants of a beauty pageant. Shot on a Canon 5D Mark II.
ExposureWorks courses are exclusive 1-to-1 workshops held at a time and a location that suits your schedule the best.
Level 1 (full-day, 6 hours): £269
Level 2 (half-day, 4 hours): £179
Level 1 + Level 2: £399 (an over 10% discount)
Bring along a friend or two who share your interest and you will all receive a 25% discount!
To book a course or for inquiries, drop me a line any time at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Contact page.
NONE, apart from owning a video capable DSLR or mirrorless system of any make.
That being said, it is important to stress that filmmaking builds on still photography. If you are a complete novice and feel that you are not comfortable with controlling your camera manually and setting your aperture, shutter speed and ISO, I would very much recommend doing a Level 1 photography course with me before we start doing video.
Highly-recommended items to bring along for the course:
- a tripod, any tripod if you have access to one
- any manual, fixed focal-length lens that you, your friends or you parents may have
- when signing up for the course please indicate the make and model of your DSLR
Every course includes lots of hands-on practise, some of it outdoors. We will always agree on the details but please do not forget to dress according to the weather! Even in mildly cold temperatures caps, gloves and water-resistants shoes might be needed.
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As there is a huge overlap between the theory and the basic concepts of still and motion photography, you’ll find most of the introductory materials in the section on Photography courses.