Training Courses

Professional Video Camera Techniques

  90 reviews

One Day Course


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.

Public Course Dates & Pricing

  • 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

We've worked very hard over the last 20 years to grow our business through personal recommendations.

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 14053 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 surveyed14053
  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

"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."

"The pace. The examples. Confidence"

"Course specific: welcome any questions and welcome any level of knowledge -no judgement. Enviroment specific: Make us feel welcomed and at ease."

"Friendly and lots of useful tips"

"So efficient lot's of support, highly recommended."

"I enjoyed the course, and gained a lot of knowledge to take back to my work place and colleagues. Thank you"

"Explaining and making it easy to digest! Great teacher & loads of real-world examples used to explain different methods. Overall excellent. "

"Very comprehensive course. Tom was clear and erudite."

"Simple, clear and helpful tips. Will improve my video production skills as a basic level user!"

"Very informative training, nice environment, evreyone very friendly and helpful."

"Ben was extremely knowledgable and friendly and I feel like I learnt a whole heap. Will definitely be back!"

"Informative, very helpful"

"really friendly atmosphere, great day, lot to learn in a day."

"trainer knew his stuff"

"Imparting very important knowledge in a friendly, relaxed environment."

"Rob was great as explaining video techniques"

"Great space; nice decor; great food; everyone very approachable; very clean; easy equipment to use"

"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"