Training Courses

Professional Video Camera Techniques

  48 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

    Free Consultation

Course Outline

  • Getting to know the camera
    • Using Autofocus
    • Zooming controls
    • Using Auto Exposure
    • Correct use of timecodes

    Using the manual camera settings
    • Turning off auto exposure
    • f-stops and aperture settings
    • Depth 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
    • Using exposure lock to achieve a correct exposure

    Framing a subject
    • Using the rule of thirds to frame your subject
    • Looking for diagonals to enhance your framing
    • 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
    • Using a simple key-light
    • Using a reflector as a fill
    • Three point lighting
    • Ensuring correct colour balance
    • Using natural lighting

    Working with sound
    • Using close mics for effective sound
    • Using directional mics
    • Using personal mics
    • Setting sound correctly

    Shooting an interview
    • Framing basics
    • The concept of The Line
    • Lighting the interview
    • Sound levels
    • 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 7480 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 surveyed7480
  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




"Very approachable, experienced and passionate trainer."



"Personal approach to the sessions, great atmosphere and a good quality of filming equipment which can be bought at a reasonable price. "



"Answering any questions that we may have. You also have an incredibly experienced team who provide notes for you even after your training day. Would highly recommend for anyone wanting to gain experience from a basic or professional level in the multiple industries this covers. "



"Everything. The theory with lead to putting want we learned into practice. So I will be taking a lot from the course."



"The explanations by Rob were relevant and I was able to relate them to what I will need to do at work in the future. Rob's experience was invaluable. I am looking forward to the video editing course to bring all of the learning together. Thank you."



"Everything, the training was excellent and very approachable. Rob made the training relevant to us all, despite us having quite different objectives/experience. The environment is great too, as was the hospitality - I was made to feel really welcome upon arrival and the lunch was also superb. Thanks for a very enjoyable day. "



"I love Rob ! More courses with Rob "



"Answered all my questions. Rob was great."



"The lot. I'll be back"



"I felt relaxed, welcomed, and encouraged to learn - was slightly nervous about my total novice level where cameras and filming was concerned but this quickly evaporated. Would definitely come back for another course (either with the the job or out of personal interest). Thank you :)"



"Great course with some great hands-on tips and practical examples to improve my work with videos. Training centre is in a great location. Lovely lunch too!"



"Everything, very satisfied with my learning today, thank you!"



"Explaining the science/ engineering behind the camera - it was excellent for understanding how everything works. Now I feel very confident that i could use these skills on any camera, which is great. Thank you very much Rob!"



"Great facilities and Rob has been great at sharing his knowledge with us. It was a really fun day packed full of information and hands on training. I would definitely recommend! "



"The course content was perfect for me and Rob was very good at explaining complicated concepts in simple ways"



"I would highly recommend this course. It's extremely hands on and practical, and Rob is very knowledgeable. Great facilities and staff are all very friendly! "



"Well set-up centres, knowledgeable trainer, friendly staff - I was really impressed last time and again this time. Would highly recommend!"



"The Trainer was excellent "



"Very knowledgeable. Really friendly and approachable staff. Really made me feel welcome and at ease. Thanks very much!"



"Very friendly, great food. Relaxed environment"



"great course and totally managed my expectations, many thanks!"



"Everything, great course, great team, great facilities. thanks a lot"



"Good course, including pretty much all relevant areas."



"Everything - felt relaxed and friendly, loved it!"



"Everything was great.Really chilled out and informal but full of detail and practical examples"



"Very good tips on what to do with camera even to someone who has been on a few courses although not very experienced."



"Course covered everything i wanted to know which was great, food was lovely, trainer was very knowledgeable and answered all questions I had"