Videography Level 2 (Intermediate): DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras

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Learn DSLR videography in Sydney.

If you’re looking to take your DSLR videography skills to the next level, this is the course for you! This course will teach you to move through the pre-production, shoot and post-production stages to gain experience working from conception to final product. You will design a storyboard and plan your shoot day. You will learn to bring your footage into a professional-grade editing program and cut it into a 45-second video with accompanying colour grade, music and sound design. You’ll take home the ability to use your creativity to produce a video that they feel meets the brief but also works towards the style, mood and message you are trying to achieve.

The aim of this course is not just to capture standard promotional material but also add some realism and personal flair to what you capture: a crossover of cinematic and video production styles. This course builds upon the technical knowledge established in the beginner’s course to move you towards a more complete and professional approach in the execution of projects. If you’re looking to up your skills and move one step closer to becoming a pro then this course is for you.

Course outcomes

By the end of this course you will have learned:

  • How to plan & write a storyboard
  • Creative and compositional techniques to tell a story
  • How to capture b-roll effectively to ensure coverage of a scene or location
  • How to analyse a frame including what lighting, focal lengths used
  • The basics of movement in video, when and when not to use different types of dynamic movement
  • The fundamentals of file management
  • The basics of importing, cutting, editing your footage
  • How to apply basic effects including colour changes and
  • The basics of audio mixing
  • How to export their footage for multiple media channels
  • Skills beyond the beginners level, and understand the requirements of working in the professional world
  • By the end of the course students will have learned the basics of Adobe Premiere Pro and have a final piece to contribute to their showreels or portfolio.

Ideal for

Anyone who wants to:

  • Build on their basic technical knowledge of DSLR’s, lighting and sound recording.
  • Work on developing their style and aesthetic.
  • Learn more about the professional world of video production from start to finish.
  • It is encouraged that students complete Videography Level 1 or an equivalent short course before enrolling.

Course content

Lesson 1 – Theory Part 1

  • Getting on the same page – students and tutor meet to discuss key objectives and focus points for the course ahead
  • Recap of suggested camera settings regarding manual exposure and white balance – some prior knowledge is expected.
  • Identifying common styles of modern video production and how to approach each. e.g. event hype reel, short-form advertisement, drama scene, multi-cam etc.
  • Discussion around advanced pieces of equipment: follow focus, cinema lenses, SDI, xlr, gimbals, external monitor-recorders, rigging up a DSLR.
  • Project briefing

Lesson 2 – Theory Part 2

  • Developing a shot list and storyboard. Students draw and describe each shot in their plan for the feature project.
  • Planning a shoot day: charging batteries, preparing SD cards, reading maps ahead of time, reading a call sheet.
  • Shooting during the day, night, sunrise/sunset – settings and approach.
  • Working with log footage vs “baked in” looks
  • Approach to shooting timelapses
  • Frame analysis – lighting, camera and composition breakdown from example material, 180 Degree rule
  • Data Wrangling, Invoicing, Gear Rental

Lesson 3 – Shoot Day

  • Shoot day: Students will meet a city location and will work in direct consultation with their tutors to achieve to film what has been planned out in their storyboards.
  • Students will be tasked with capturing a mixture of the cityscape and people related imagery with variations of movement and subject matter.
  • 15-20 high quality well thought out shots to be edited and refined in post-production.
  • The group will aim to spend time at three different city locations to enhance the variety of footage captured.

Lesson 4 – Edit Day

  • Data wrangling, scratch folders, project files & sequence settings.
  • Introduction to the interface, shortcuts and editing techniques.
  • Structuring an assembly edit. Adding adjustment layers, basic colour grades, titling, transitions, working with layers, basic audio mixing.
  • Structuring, assembling and refining your edit.

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

Student Work

Here some examples of the work our students have produced in class!


Please bring to class

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

  • Your DLSR or mirrorless camera + lens (bring to every class)
  • Minimum 16gb Class 10 SD Card or higher
  • For lesson 3: any extra pieces of personal equipment that will help achieve your storyboarded shots etc. tripod, gimbal, extra lenses. Optional.
  • Editing lesson will require an external HD with a USB 3.0 or USB-C connection

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This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

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