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Example one day courses

Beginners introduction to
camera and audio

Beginners introduction to
shooting sequences and interviews

Video for Photographers.

Camera conversion course.

General Help.


To Book a Course
Tel: 020 8621 3649
(London, UK)


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Three day - learn to
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Diploma in Video Journalism
(5+2days)

These are the most
popular cameras.
But, I can also do other
cameras on request.

  • Canon XF-300 and XF-305
  • Canon XF-100 and XF-105
  • Canon C100, C300 and C500
  • JVC GY-HM650 and GY-HM600
  • Sony PMW200, PMW150 and PMW100
  • Panasonic HPX-250
  • Canon XA10 XA20 and XA25
  • Sony EX1, EX1R and EX3
  • Sony Z5 and Z7
  • Panasonic AF101 (AF100)
  • Canon EOS 5D Mkii, EOS 5D Mkiii, 7D, 550D and 60D
  • Zoom H4n
  • Sony FX1 and Z1
  • Sony A1
  • PD150, PD170,
  • Sony VX 2000,
  • PD100, PDX10
  • Sony DSR 500, DSR 570
  • Canon XHA1
  • Canon XL1 and XL1s
  • Canon XL2
  • Panasonic HDC HS700,
    TM700 and SD700
  • Panasonic DVX 100
  • Panasonic DVX100A

 

CAMERA AND AUDIO ONE-TO-ONE COURSES

Learning how to use the PD 150Most of my video camera courses are made up from a core of subjects such as focus, white balance, exposure and sound. Then I add in exercises that meet your specific needs based upon the your current abilities, the kit you will be using and the type of projects you'll be working on.

Perhaps you want to concentrate on interviews and vox pops, lighting with a pro kit or available light. Maybe you're confindent with a Z1, but need help moving up to a another camera like the Sony PMW-200 or Canon XF305 (XF300). Perhaps you want to move from tape to tapeless cameras... or from stills to video.

Find out more about booking a one-to-one course or group training sessions.

If you contact me I'll put together a day that is just right for you.

EXAMPLE ONE DAY COURSES

I am often asked to explain what I can do in a day... So here are some examples below. They are just suggestions to show what can be done.

  1. Beginner's introduction to video cameras and audio
  2. Beginner's introduction to shooting sequences and interviews.
  3. Video for Photographers.
  4. Camera conversion course
  5. General Help


EXAMPLE 1.
ONE-TO-ONE: BEGINNER'S INTRODUCTION TO CAMERA AND AUDIO

This first example is pretty much all about the technology. It is useful for beginners who are struggling with badly written manufacturers' manuals.

GETTING STARTED
  • HD, HDV, H.264, AVCHD, MXF, DVCAM and DV---16:9, 1920X1080, 1280X720, 50Mbps, 35Mbps, 24p, 25p, 50i what the numbers and letters mean and why you need to choose carefully before you start shooting.
  • Tapeless cameras and getting the workflow right
  • The menus

  • PICTURE QUALITY

  • The advantages and disadvantages of auto focus, auto white balance and auto exposure
  • Manual Focus
  • Hyperfocal distance
  • Manual white balance
  • Contrast handling - or why you get silhouettes when people sit in front of bright windows
  • Manual Exposure (Iris, ND filters and Gain) for the confident beginner
  • The shutter
  • Messages in the viewfinder and what they mean.
  • Picture composition
  • crossing the line
  • Video dos and don'ts

  • MICROPHONES
  • Microphones (omni, cardioid and hypercardioid).
  • The right mic for the right location
  • The on-board mic (and its limitations)
  • Phantom power
  • Getting the levels right
  • Microphone technique
  • ANY FINAL QUESTIONS?



    ONE-TO-ONE: EXAMPLE 2.
    BEGINNER'S INTRODUCTION TO SHOOTING SEQUENCES AND INTERVIEWS

    This example would be suitable for someone who is happy with most of the buttons and actually wants to start getting creative. It works well if you intend to shoot news, documentaries, corporate videos, electronic press kits (EPK) or drama.

    GETTING STARTED
  • A quick run through of focus, white balance and exposure to make sure you are getting the best out of the camera
  • HD, HDV, H.264, AVCHD, MXF, DVCAM and DV---16:9, 1920X1080, 1280X720, 50Mbps, 35Mbps, 24p, 25p, 50i what the numbers and letters mean and why you need to choose carefully before you start shooting.

  • SHOOTING A SEQUENCE
  • Shooting for the edit - thinking like an editor in order to tell a story
  • Storyboards (planning ahead)
  • Crossing the line (ie TV grammar)
  • Continuity - overlapping the action
  • Directing the action
  • Shooting a simple sequence (eg someone reading a newspaper)
  • Recording a music gig
  • Hyperfocal distance for shooting on the move.

  • EDITING THE SEQUENCE
  • Using Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere Elements 11 - we'll put the sequence you've shot onto the computer and see if it does edit together.

  • ON THE MOVE
  • Crossing the line and continuity for movement
  • Hyperfocal distance for shooting on the move.

  • SHOOTING A SIMPLE INTERVIEW
  • Shot sizes - which ones work on big TV screens and small web players
  • Microphones - we need high quality audio for interviews
  • Interview shooting styles
  • Shooting noddies and cutaways

  • LIGHTING FOR INTERVIEWS
  • Hard and soft lights
  • Simple three-point lighting
  • Creating different looks using only three lights
  • Backgrounds and cookies.
  • ANY FINAL QUESTIONS?



    EXAMPLE 3.
    VIDEO FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

    In the last couple of years I've been getting more and more enquiries from professional stills photographers for video training. Many of the newspapers they work for want video for their websites and so they are being asked if they will start shooting video too.

    The good news is that stills and video have a lot in common. Focus, F numbers, depth of field, shutter speed and good composition are almost exactly the same on video as they are on stills. Of course the big difference is shooting moving images that can be edited together, telling a story and audio. Think of this as a conversion course.

    GETTING STARTED
  • A run through of the differences and similarities....
  • Focus (peaking)
  • White balance
  • F number and depth of field
  • ND filters and grads
  • Gain - similar to ISO (or, if you've been doing this awhile - ASA)
  • You're used to RAW, JPEG, PNG and TIFF . But, we have HD, HDV, H.264, AVCHD, MXF, DVCAM and DV---16:9, 1920X1080, 1280X720, 50Mbps, 35Mbps, 24p, 25p, 50i .....what the numbers and letters mean and why you need to choose carefully before you start shooting.

  • SHOOTING A SEQUENCE
  • Shooting for the edit - thinking like an editor in order to tell a story
  • Storyboards (planning ahead)
  • Crossing the line (ie TV grammar)
  • Continuity - overlapping the action
  • Directing the action
  • Shooting a simple sequence (eg someone reading a newspaper).

  • EDITING THE SEQUENCE
  • Using Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere Elements 9 we'll put the sequence you've shot onto the computer and see if it does edit together.

  • ON THE MOVE
  • Crossing the line and continuity for movement
  • Hyperfocal distance for shooting on the move.

  • SHOOTING A SIMPLE INTERVIEW
  • Shot sizes - which ones work on big TV screens and small web players
  • Microphones - we need high quality audio for interviews
  • Interview shooting styles
  • Shooting noddies and cutaways (bit controvertial this one - I'll leave you to decide whether you need them or not).


  • EXAMPLE 4.
    CAMERA CONVERSION COURSE

    This type of day is for anyone who is experienced with one camera (perhaps the DSR500 or Z1) but want to learn how to use a different camera such as the Canon XF-300 (and XF-305), the Sony PMW200 or JVGC GY-HM650..

    WHAT'S CHANGED?

    • A run through of the differences and similarities....
    • Focus
    • White balance
    • F number and depth of field
    • ND filters
    • Gain

    If the new camera will have interchangeable lenses we'll need to cover...

    • What is 'Back Focus' and why does it go wrong
    • Checking the back focus
    • Correcting it if is is out
    • Changing lenses.

    We'll probably need to have a good rummage in the menus too.



    EXAMPLE 5.
    General Help!

    Something I hear a lot is: "I've never been formally trained and want to make sure I am doing things right." These guys usually just want to come along for a day's training and ask lots of questions. Some bring along DVDs of stuff they have already done(or send me links to their online videos) and ask advice on problems they had or help on how they could improve.

    It is a very unstructured day and I'm never sure what I'll be asked. Often the person I'm helping may not have all the questions in their head when we start. But, as we go through one topic - other questions emerge.

    We go off on tangents because that new subject was important to talk about (something you can't do on a group course).

    Maybe they have a big project coming up and want to talk over ways of doing things. We try stuff out, experiment.

    There is no timetable - but we always seem to get a lot done.

    "Thank you for your patience on Friday, I really enjoyed the day and learnt lots. You are a very good teacher.
    Chris M., Nobel School

    "Hi Christina - Just a short note from a very satisfied customer to say thank you for the training on Friday - I think you literally answered every question I had! With a tasty lunch thrown into the bargain, it was an extremely worthwhile day. Many thanks."
    Patrick S.

    "Excellent - sound advice which I needed, and a chance to ask lots of 'dumb' questions without feeling dumb."
    Allen S.

    "Very many thanks for yesterday. I only wish I had been Christina'd a couple of years ago. Would have saved me so much headache/panic and deep, deep frowns from long suffering video editors.
    Terrific.
    I read every word of your manual last night. By far the best of its kind I've come across. It will be part of the kit from now on.
    Thanks again, really appreciated."
    John M.

    DSR 570 course in LondonWHICH CAMERA

    We run a variety of camera training courses on a range of video cameras including:

    • Canon XF300 and XF305
    • Canon XF100 and XF105
    • Canon C100, C300 and C500
    • JVC GY-HM650 and GY-HM600 (BBC has bought 500 of these for Newsgathering)
    • Sony PMW-200, PMW-150 and PMW-100
    • Sony HVR-Z5 and Z7
    • The Sony EX1, EX1R and EX3
    • The older HDV cameras: Sony Z1 and FX1
    • Canon XA10, XA20 and XA25
    • Panasonic HPX250
    • Panasonic AF101 (AF100)
    • Canon EOS 5D MkII, EOS 5D MkIII, 7D, 550D and 60D
    • Zoom H4n
    • Panasonic HDC HS700, TM700 and SD700 and 900 series
    • Sony VX2000, PD150, PD170, PD100, PDX10
    • Sony DSR 450, DSR500, DSR 570 and DXC D30
    • Canon XHA1
    • Canon XL1, XL1s and XL2
    • Panasonic DVX100
    • I can also do other cameras on request.
    • We also do audio training (personal mics, gun mics, radio mics, etc)
    • Editing on Adobe Premier Elements 11 and Final Cut Pro X.


    These are the most popular video cameras. But, I can also do other cameras on request.

    Interested in being trained one-to-one?

    Or maybe you're putting together training for a group of people?

    To Book a Course Phone 020 8621 3649 (London, UK)

     

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