Take your filmmaking skills to the next level
'Videos are my job'
'Videos are my passion'
'I just want to record my kids growing up'
Is this course for me?
The ExposureWorks Level 1 and Level 2 DSLR video courses are aimed both at complete beginners, enthusiasts and people planning a career change perhaps with a goal to enter the film industry. Over the years I have trained journalists, business owners, vloggers, documentary filmmakers, actors, marketing experts, photographers who wanted or needed 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.
What will you learn?
Functions, Buttons, Dials
Practise, practise, practise
This may not be your next camera, but you never know, right?
Understand your lenses
Don’t worry, there are simpler and cheaper ways to move your camera around.
THE LEVEL 1 COURSE
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:
- earn 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 (lenses, tripods, filters)
- understand white balance
- practise shooting in various lighting conditions
THE LEVEL 2 COURSE
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, storyboards 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.
- 6 hours
- 4 hours
- Level 1
- Level 2
NONE, apart from owning a video capable DSLR or mirrorless system of any make. But even if you don’t, we can provide you with free camera hire for the course which is great option if you haven’t made up your mind yet about the gear you want to purchase.
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 Workshop with me before we start doing video.
Highly-recommended items to bring along for the course:
- a tripod if you have one
- all your lenses
- when signing up for the course please indicate the make and model of your DSLR and the gear the you currently own
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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