Videography Course for Beginners: DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras

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Learn DSLR videography with our film & video making short courses in Sydney!

DSLR cameras have revolutionised video, giving the amateur the ability to create professional imagery at a low cost with minimal equipment and crew. With a growing market for video promotion and sharing on social platforms, videography has become a sought after and lucrative skill.

Perhaps you've picked up your camera and wondered why you have the kit but aren't seeing the results that you expected? Perhaps you need some hands-on experience with a real instructor to move past those YouTube tutorials? In this DSLR videography course, you will learn the basics of how your camera works, how to master the settings of your camera, how to expose a shot properly, how to compose a shot and use different camera movements, record audio from multiple sources, light a subject, film an interview and much more!

This DSLR videography course provides you with the skills to master your camera for video and audio. We provide hands-on teaching from an industry professional in the basics of shooting, lighting & audio recording in a compact 6 weeknight DSLR videography course.

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Learning outcomes

By the end of this DSLR videography course, you should have learned:

  • how to set up your DSLR or mirrorless camera to optimise for video recording
  • the basics of lighting a subject
  • the basics of audio recording both in-camera and through separate audio recorders
  • when and how to use camera movement in your videos
  • the basics of how to structure a video to ensure coverage and coherency.

What will be covered in this DLSR videography course?

Week 1 - Introduction

  • Introduction to DSLR and mirrorless cameras
  • Camera file types, resolutions & frame rates
  • Understanding exposure: Shutter speed, ISO, aperture, white balance
  • Understanding lenses (primes vs zooms), focal lengths and depth of field

Week 2 - Camera Practices

  • Recommended camera practices/settings
  • Setting up your camera for video
  • Colour temperature
  • Understanding picture profiles

Week 3 - Practical 1: Outdoor Night Shoot

  • Camera movement and camera coverage - learn different methods of moving the camera, such as using a tripod and going handheld. Apply these skills to covering a scene, choosing the best type of shots to convey meaning and tell a story.

Week 4 - Practical 2: Interviews

  • Audio - an introduction to recording audio for your DSLR. You will be taken through recording into the camera as well as external audio recorders. In addition, different types of microphones will be explored from wireless lapel mics to shotgun mics.
  • Lighting - You will experience the difference between soft and hard light sources as well as the basics of 3 point lighting using LED light panels
  • Multi-camera shooting for interviews - how to set up and sync two cameras that can be edited together in post-production

Week 5 - Practical 3: Lighting Exercise

  • An introduction to product lighting - you will learn how to light for different objects and incorporate different camera movements and incorporate backgrounds into your work.

Week 6 - Practical 4 + Summary & Review

  • Shooting video and audio for Vox pops
  • Review of work
  • Summary of course

Who is this DSLR videography course for?

This DSLR videography course is for beginners and those who have played around with their cameras but need some professional guidance. It suits hobbyists as well as those who want to get into the industry. This course is best suited to those who are interested in the following:

  • Developing their skills filming a promotional and corporate video for their work
  • Shoot more videos in the house as part of their small business
  • Shoot a low-budget indie film using DSLR's or mirrorless cameras
  • Start their journey to becoming a freelance videographer
  • Those looking to set up a YouTube channel.
  • Create beautiful imagery of their family and friends.

Equipment provided

  • Canon 7D Mkii + Zoom Lens
  • Heavy-duty tripod
  • Rode Wireless Lapel Microphones
  • Rode Shotgun Microphone
  • Rode NTG-2 Microphone
  • Boom Pole & Blimp
  • 3x Bi-colour light panels and stands
  • Zoom H5 Recorder

What to bring to class

This will vary depending on whether the class is a practical one or not.

  • Your DLSR or mirrorless camera + lens
  • Minimum 8GB Class 10 SD Card or higher
  • Notepad & pen

Classes

Videography Course for Beginners: DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras

<p>Learn DSLR videography with our <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/arts/film-video">film &amp; video making short courses</a> in Sydney!</p>

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$449 Limited GST free / $337 / $359.20 / $404.10
Enrol in any two film & video classes and receive 15% off both enrolments. Discount applies automatically at checkout.
Videography Course for Beginners: DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras

<p>Learn DSLR videography with our <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/arts/film-video">film &amp; video making short courses</a> in Sydney!</p>

<p>DSLR cameras have

...
$449 Limited GST free / $337 / $359.20 / $404.10
Enrol in any two film & video classes and receive 15% off both enrolments. Discount applies automatically at checkout.

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  • said: The course is great for people who have never done videography before or who already have some experience, Leo is a great teacher and kept the class engaged the whole way through. I have no hesitations in recommending the course to future students

  • said: I learnt photography class before but I finding that if you want to make videos, you have to take this course so you can understand how the same camera settings can apply differently in the context of film making.

  • said: Leo was an excellent, passionate and patient tutor and I left with growing confidence in my understanding and ability to execute basic videography. A wonderful course and I cannot recommend enough.

  • said: Clear and simple teaching style. Leo was a great teacher that was very interested in us getting the most out of the course.

  • said: Although I already had quite a bit of amateur experience using the DSLR for video and more professional experience using a DSLR for stills, this course took me to the next level in understanding videography. His teaching and approach was excellent and attentive. He explained complicated concepts really well with examples and reinforced them on the way. I will be able to use this experience directly to enhance the quality of the videos I do for work in my capacity as a communications professional when I do not have the budget for a professional.