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training courses

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training for your staff

Three day - learn to
shoot and edit

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

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, 900
    TM700 and SD700
  • Panasonic DVX 100
  • Panasonic DVX100A




Taking a break from the DSR 570 VIDEO COURSE CONTENT

All of my courses include some of the subjects from the list below.

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

"The rule of thirds and crossing the line were really useful to know and also the physics side of shooting was really interesting - something you could never have known if you are self taught.

I feel confident because I know that practice makes perfect - and the practice done on the course makes me feel that if I go on a shoot I will return to the office with stuff that is broadcastable"
Carina W. MTV

"I thought that the course was extremely well structured - giving a valuable all round insight into the basics needed for camera operation. The way that classroom taught operations and techniques could be put into practice was extremely useful and confidence building.

Everything was useful. In particular - how to set up a perfect shot - ie setting exposure, white balance, how to focus properly- because these are the fundamentals.
Laura M. BBC researcher

"I found the course very informative. The fact it was so hands on made it much more interesting. It was also informal and because it was a small group I felt much more comfortable when asking for help.

I think it has all been useful. It's difficult to narrow it down to a particular aspect. Learning about the different type of shots was useful. I didn't realise there was such a wide variety. It was also good to take the camera out and about"
Paul W. BBC Sport



These are the most requested topics. If there is something you want that isn't on the list just let me know.

  • Focus
  • Setting up your viewfinder
  • White balance
  • Exposure (f-numbers / f-stops)
  • Neutral Density filters
  • Gain
  • Shutter
  • Batteries
  • memory cards and workflow
  • H.264, AVCHD, MPEG2, MPEG4, MXF
  • HD, 2K, UHD, 4K
  • Interlaced - 50i and 60i
  • Progressive - 60p, 50p, 25p, 24p,
  • Importance of colour bars
  • The tripod
  • Zooming and pivoting
  • Crossing the line
  • Shooting sequences
  • Shot sizes (from VLS to CU)
  • Picture composition
  • Rule of thirds, perspective, dingleberry, etc.
  • Depth of field (Bokeh)
  • Changing depth of field to improve picture composition and for focus pulling
  • Aspect ratios - 4x3, 16x9, 14x9
  • Back focus (for video cameras with interchangeable lenses, eg Sony Z7, EX3 and DSR450 and 500)
  • Microphones (omni, figure of eight, cardioid and hypercardioid)
  • The on-board mic (and its limitations)
  • Microphone technique
  • Phantom power
  • Getting the sound levels right
  • Mic level and line level
  • Time code - getting it right for the edit
  • Record run verses time of day
  • Syncing two or more cameras
  • User bits
  • Delivering a PTC (Piece To Camera)
  • Shooting vox pops
  • Interviews - simple one-plus-one
  • Interviews - more than one interviewee
  • Interviewee set-up shots and appropriate cutaways
  • Three-point lighting
  • Making the most of available light sources and reflectors
  • Setting up a monitor
  • Contrast ratio
  • HDR - High Dynamic Range, logs and gammas
  • Keeping your interviewee's identity a secret
  • Shooting for the web
  • Shooting a band on stage - syncing up the music with the cameras
  • Shooting multicam - syncing timecode
  • What filters to buy
  • What kit to buy

If you can't find what you want on this list - please let me know.

Once you know what subjects you need to cover, I'll add in the 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.

If you are reading this list because I mentioned it in the questionaire I sent you by email - please note I cannot cover all these topic in one day!

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PD150 in the parkWHICH 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.

I'll also be offering :

  • Panasonic AF101 (AF100)
  • Canon XF100 and XF105
  • Canon EOS 7D, 550D and 60D
  • Zoom H4n

These are the most popular 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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