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Sample two day timetable:
Day one
Day two

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

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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
  • Sony FS5
  • Sony A7S and Sony A7R
  • 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






shooting indoors with the XL1sThe course below is a sample two day video camera and audio training course. This is to give you some idea of the topics I could cover given two days.


To be able to shoot a story I think you need to know how to shoot three basic elements: GVs (general views - the pretty pictures); sequences; and interviews or vox pops. So, most of my two-day courses are based around those elements. You also need to know how to focus, white balance and set exposure. Of course you need good audio too - so I cover the main types of microphones available, which ones to use and when, plugging in and setting levels.

Then I add in exercises that meet your specific needs based upon your current abilities, the kit you will be using and the type of projects you'll be working on. Whether that's shooting for the web, observational docs, viral marketing campaigns, music or drama.

You can see a full list of the core subjects I cover or am regularly asked about on courses.

I also believe practice makes perfect - so all courses need plenty of hands-on practical sessions. You will be operating a camera in every session from practising how to manually white balance to setting up the camera and mics for an interview.

"Hi Christina
Just wanted to say thanks again for last week - the training was excellent - just what I was looking for… and the catering was spot on too!"
Jon C., Ten Horizon

'Just wanted to thank you for giving me such a full and useful two days. Filming at the weekend, I was constantly reminded of your advice and suggestions and, most importantly, I was aware of the confidence I have gained. The filming had its challenges (particularly the tripod) but I am happy with what I got. I am now keen to solidify this new knowledge and intend to film more. Thank you for getting me started."
Victoria S.

"Fantastic all round. Christina was great - very patient with us and happy to answer stupid questions. Content was very useful. I just wish I could have done the week long course.
O. B., Reporter, CMPi

"Perfect length, I enjoyed having practical sessions where we tested the techniques we had learnt. Really good content tailored to our market. Christina is a very good tutor. She's good at tailoring the class to beginners and is very knowledgable.
Charlotte W., Web editor, TTG

"Great course, well taught. Christina has fantastic enthusiasm and great patience with her students.
Fantastic. I loved every minute. I can't wait to start practicing my new skills.
Iain O. Web editor, CMPi

"Actually the best course I have done! Superb teacher - delivered with wit and expertise.
Neil S., Reporter

"Many thanks for the two day course that you delivered to myself and other members of the Kent Messenger Group last Thursday and Friday. Well designed and easy to follow tuition made for a very interesting two days.

This was an excellent course, from which I learnt a great deal and now looking forward to the editing side of it all.
Paul D., Senior Photographer, KM

"Very helpful. Learned lots. Should have done it years ago. I now feel immeasurably more confident."
Seth R.

"Very good. Learnt an awful lot. Everything was well explained and Christina made sure we were taught at a pace that everyone was comfortable with."
Sally W. BBC

"The most useful was the advice on filming/composing shots. Selecting correct aperture/white balance etc . i.e. all the technical stuff.
Ideas about constructing sequences were also useful - not only for our own camerawork but in working with crews in the future."
Giles L.

"Informative in an easy to understand way. Not bogged down by technical jargon."
Mark Z







  • The basics - from switching on to recording
  • Batteries
  • Media and work flow
  • HD, H.264, AVCHD, MXF, ---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.
  • Menus - setting up the camera.

  • Making best use of the three legged beast.

  • Auto - when it does and does not work
  • Manual focus
  • Push auto, Peaking and expanded focus - how the camera can help you focus acurately.

  • Shooting good GVs (general views)
  • Using the rule of thirds and dingleberry
  • Use the 10-second rule
  • Get hands on with the camera and practice manual focusing
  • Get confident with the camera and tripod.
  • Discipline yourself to only get useful shots and not to hosepipe.

  • Auto and Manual white balance
  • Tungsten, Daylight, Fluorescent lights
  • Moving from one source of light to another.

  • Basic Building blocks of shooting a sequence
  • Edit Points
  • Crossing the line.

  • Shooting a simple sequence in which you can direct the action.
  • To Book a Course for a group see our group training page

    or you can book a one-to-one course


    A quick recap of what we covered yesterday

    Using Final Cut Pro, a chance to check whether some of the sequences you shot yesterday actually do cut together.

  • A simple way to shoot on the move and stay in focus
  • Crossing the line (again).

  • Microphones (omni, cardioid and hypercardioid)
  • Which one to use and when
  • The on board mic (and its limitations)
  • Wireless (radio) mics V wired mics
  • Microphone technique
  • Mic level - Line level - Phantom power
  • Getting the levels right
  • Why the headphones are your best friend.

  • Shooting a stand up interview to test each mics
  • Checking levels.

  • Automatic - when it does and does not work
  • Semi-automatic - the AE override function
  • Manual Iris - F numbers
  • Neutral Density filters
  • Gain
  • Setting the correct exposure
  • Zebras stripes.

  • Shooting a sit down interview
  •      …With cutaways to help the edit.

    Once again please note: your requirements may vary - this course outline is purely an example to show how much we can do in two days.

    This course would work for a group of 4-6 people.

    For a one-to-one session - we could probably fit in more.

    To Book a Course for a group see our group training page

    or you can book a one-to-one course


    PD150 trainingWHICH CAMERA

    • Canon XF300 and XF305
    • Canon XF100 and XF105
    • Canon C100, C300 and C500
    • Sony FS5
    • Sony A7S and Sony A7R
    • 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 cameras. But, I can also do other cameras on request.

    Still haven't found what you're looking for?

    Check here for the other camera, audio and editing courses I provide.

    Still not found what you need. Then call me on 020 8621 3649 or email me.


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