Videography Course for Beginners – DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras

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Learn DSLR videography 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 visual results that you expected? Perhaps you need some hands-on experience with a real instructor to move past those YouTube tutorials? This 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 course.

Course outcomes

By the end of this course you will 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.

Ideal for

Anyone who wants to:

  • Develop their skills filming a promotional and corporate video.
  • Shoot a low-budget indie film using DSLR’s.
  • Capture a wedding.
  • Film travel videos.
  • Set-up a YouTube channel.
  • Create beautiful imagery of your family and friends.

Course content

  • Evolution of the video function in DSLR and mirrorless cameras to where it is today.
  • Hands-on experience setting up and using professional video equipment.
  • Tips from the tutor for choosing the right camera type and lenses for your specific needs.
  • Recommended camera practices/settings, including frame rates (realistic and slow motion), resolutions, shutter speed, ISO, aperture, white balance, lens choices (primes vs zooms) as well as picture profiles.
  • 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
  • The basics of lighting and shooting a product.
  • The basics of lighting, shooting and recording audio for interviews as well as interviews held on the street using handheld microphones (vox pops).
  • Introduction to in-camera timelapse recording.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Please 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

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Course testimonials:

  • 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: This course was worth every cent. I went in with no understanding of imagery or filming, and left with complete confidence in my understanding and ability to execute basic videography. Our tutor, Leo, is extremely patient, experienced, and above all else, passionate about his craft. A true pleasure that I cannot recommend enough.

  • said: It was a very informative course especially only being 2 1/2 hour classes. Really enjoyed learning about the fine details that are easily missed. I really hope that an intermediate or advanced course is added.

  • said: Tutors thoroughness and patience throughout.

  • said: Leo was brilliant! The classes was a great mix of practical and theory and he presented everything in a really clear and simple way for those of us who aren't instinctively technical. Leo is very knowledgable about all aspects of production and I learnt so much. I feel really confident trouble shooting with my camera and excited to keep learning and creating.

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