Training Courses

Professional Video Camera Techniques

  123 reviews

One Day Course

Overview

This one day course has been designed for those who are required to use a digital video camera and need to understand and master professional camera techniques.

The course covers a variety of techniques that will give your work a professional look including how to frame a subject, avoiding common mistakes, effective use of lighting and sound and how to shoot a professional quality interview.

Feel free to bring your own camera to use during the course if you wish. You need no previous experience to attend this course.

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  • Public Courses

    Small class sizes so you get the maximum amount of trainer time possible. You attend with delegates from other companies.

    A great, cost efficient way to learn, discounts are also available for group bookings.

     

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  • Private Courses

    One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

    We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

    From £499 + VAT per day

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Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • The basic technical theory about video definition, frame rates and bit-rates
    • Advice on what equipment you might need to purchase
    • Building a pre-shoot checklist

    Using the manual camera settings
    • Manually setting your camera's exposure
    • F-stops and aperture settings
    • Depths of field and when to use it
    • Shutter speed and its effects
    • Camera gain and how to avoid it
    • Balancing shutter speed, aperture and available light
    • Exposing a difficult subject

    Shot composition and framing a subject
    • Correct shot composition for an interview
    • Best use of available space and backgrounds
    • Wide, medium and close-ups
    • Examples of good/bad framing

    Simple camera moves
    • The importance of a good tripod
    • Pans, tilts and zooms
    • How to use moves effectively
    • Holding a shot
  • Lighting techniques
    • Three-point lighting
    • Using a simple key-light
    • Using a reflector as a fill
    • Ensuring correct colour balance
    • Using natural lighting

    Working with sound
    • Different types of microphone and which ones you need
    • Positioning your mic correctly
    • Getting good sound levels in your camera
    • Reducing ambient noise

    Shooting an interview
    • Framing basics
    • Basic interview techniques
    • The concept of The Line
    • Looking or not looking at the camera
    • Shooting reverses, noddies, 2-shots and pieces to camera
    • How to shoot for easier editing

    Questions and answers
Experience + Flexibility

We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

Tell us you need to cancel 5 working days before your course and there’s no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

Tell us which you use and it'll be booted up and waiting with the latest software when you arrive.

We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

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Our Clients


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When you attend a course we ask you to tell us how it went. We use your feedback to help us improve our courses.

We publish all our customer satisfaction stats live on our site (good or bad) because we want everyone to know just how highly you rate us every day, every week and every year.

We know that choosing the best course can be difficult, maybe the thoughts of the 18493 other clients we've asked will give you the inspiration to join us too.

The most recent comments from attendees of our courses are shown below. We reckon they will give you a pretty good indication of how they think we perform.

  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed18493
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.7%

  Recent Feedback




"Good instruction"



"Answering questions and adapting the training for each skill level, while keeping everyone engaged. "



"A great balance of simple-to-understand theory and practical hands-on experience. Very helpful advice on good value equipment to buy"



"The course was delivered very well, extremely engaging and very informative. The trainer made it fun, whilst communicating even more complex aspects of what we were learning easy to understand. He also was able to tailor the experience to each individual to make the information relevant to them."



"Great one to one help, and insights into how to improve. "



"Very good training for an overall beginner, very good comprehensive explanation of techniques, equipment, etc. "



"Best part of the class was going through the footage and getting feedback! Also appreciated having lots of breaks - helped keep it fresh and fun. I didn't get tired."



"Swift and focused training which constructively and lucidly goes through the main things you need to know as an entry level videographer. Teacher was really informative and clear to understand. Very supportive with questions. "



"Explained everything in simple terms and easy to follow. Also easy to relate to everything to my every day work. Thank you"



"Very efficient and friendly. A pleasure attending the course."



"Good all round"



"Training and atmosphere was really good. "



"Nice space to learn in"



"Good workshops and introduction to filming techniques"



"going into a lot of detail"



"Helpful and informative. Small group size"



"Tailoring the content to the things the attendees wanted to learn about specifically, whilst still following all of the previously outlined content. "



"Facilities were good and the people were very friendly."



"Knowledgeable , relevant content and good pace for everyone involved. "



"Easy to understand, no fancy terminology. Used plenty of relevant and useful examples."



"Great overall - enjoyed! "



"Luca is so knowledgeable and really took the time to answer individual questions. The small training group was perfect too - I've got everything out of today that I wanted to"



"He had a good attitude in that he was willing to answer a ton of questions. "



"friendly environment, approachable and expert trainer"



"Make the difficult seem easy! Really enjoyable course and will be recommending to my colleagues. "



"I really enjoy coming to courses here this is my third this year. Would always recommend"



"Friendly, approachable staff, very accommodating. Trainer was great at providing useful examples and very patient if anyone needed more time on anything."



"excellent environment, comprehensive course info, great snacks!"



"explaining the different things about the camera and filming"



"Explaining the theory, applying the theory, supplying the equipment and explaining each the shots. "



"Lovely place, lovely teacher"



"teaching both basic and knowledgeable learners in a style that we would remember. Really worth while despite never using video. "



"It was my second course with Rob and he is very knowledgeable, engaging and approachable"



"A good atmosphere to work in."



"Professional and really relaxed trainer, down-to-earth person with lot of humour and good real life examples to share. Explained subjects and terms really well."