Training Courses

Shooting Video with a DSLR

  56 reviews

Two Day Course


The course is designed for photographers (wedding photographers, photojournalists, event photographers or enthusiastic amateurs) who have some existing photography skills but who are inexperienced in using their camera to creating a video.

We will cover camera settings, equipment, lighting, shot composition and editing with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Please bring your along your camera with you on the day if you have one. This is an introductory level course so you need no previous experience of camera techniques or video production 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.


    Discount Info
  • 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

  • Day One

    • 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
    • Setting up video mode and video settings
    • Setting up your cameras picture style
    • Getting correct shot exposure
    • Balancing aperture and ISO for best results
    • Setting the shutter speed for video
    • Setting a custom white-balance

    Shot composition and framing a subject
    • Correct shot composition for an interview
    • Best use of available space and backgrounds
    • Wide, medium and close-ups

    Lighting techniques
    • Three-point lighting
    • Using a simple key-light
    • Using a reflector as a fill
    • 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
    • Off-camera and to-camera interviews
    • How to shoot for easier editing

    Questions & answers
  • Day Two

    • The video editing workflow with Premiere Pro
    • Understanding projects, sequences and clips.

    Importing and organising your footage
    • Copying files from your memory cards
    • Importing single and multiple files and folders
    • Using bins and renaming clips

    Basic Editing Skills
    • Creating a new sequence using the DSLR sequence presets
    • Previewing your clips in the Source Panel
    • Playback and marking shortcuts
    • Three-point and drag-and-drop editing

    Editing in the Timeline
    • Rearranging and re-timing clips in the timeline
    • Copying and pasting clips

    Working with audio
    • Mixing audio and changing volume over time
    • Cleaning bad audio with the Equalizer

    Text and Titles with the Graphics Panel
    • Adding text and shapes to create a basic Lower Third
    • Working with logos and layers in the edit panel
    • Saving your designs as templates to save time

    Colour Correction
    • Fixing common problems with the footage
    • Adding creative colour treatments

    Resizing images and video
    • Basic Motion Controls
    • Working with logos and photographs

    Exporting your project
    • Making life simple with Presets
    • Web exports for YouTube, Facebook and more
    • Exporting for PC and MAC playback

    Questions & 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 17635 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 surveyed17635
  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

"Rob was really knowledgeable and explained everything in a clear, engaging way. I'm leaving here excited to make my first video and confident that I know how to use my DLSR and editing software. Thanks for a great course!"

"Really engaging and thorough when talking through each step making each area really easy to understand"

"Very friendly and helpful."

"Our Tutor Rob was very good and very helpful"

"honestly everything - so pleased with how well this course and facility are. will definitely recommend! "

"Loved the table allocation for each group. It made socialising amongst our group very easy."

"Good balance of theory/practice"

"Great presenter, really helpful and insightful. All members of staff were really friendly. "

"Providing advice and tips as we went along"

"Great course with small numbers to make sure we all got the most out of it (despite different experience levels), trainer was very knowledgeable and approachable. Great value for money and effective use of 2 days - I'm leaving feeling much more confident!"

"Everything, food was great, tutor excellent"

"Very organized "

"Great expertise and knowledge of content. Tutor was very helpful, friendly and enthusiastic. Great food too!"

"Jason was very patient and created a very relaxed environment. Nice workspace too!"

"Pretty much everything, so that I will be looking at doing another course here, even though I have to fly in to do so!"

"Clarity - mix of theory and practice. Great venue and staff as well."

"Environment and knowledge of trainer"

"Course, teacher and facility is good. "

"Knowledgable trainer. Great atmosphere. Really enjoyed being in a small group so that the course could be tailored to our needs/questions. Really surprised by how little I've been making use of the tools in Premiere Pro - really informative and surprised by how much I got out of one day's worth of training! Fab course!"

"I think I was lucky to get a one on one course. Sarah tailor made it on the fly - brilliant"

"Very clear training, felt like I got a lot out of the course I can use in my job"

"Everything! The day structure and course structure were great for learning in a friendly and sociable environment."

"As above, I am very pleased with all aspects. More specifically, the course seemed to cover everything I was looking for, although the proof of that will be when I apply the learning"

"Rob was great. Relaxed and carried out the course at a great pace. "

"Excellent course - good interesting content, good pace, small group, nice environment. "

"Lovely location - environment - food "

"Excellent course and tutor. thanks"

"staff were AMAZING!! the two girls smashed it and provided excellent service for me, i am coming back for more courses, reception girls are brilliant!!"

"Catering for all needs, making everybody feel welcome and the training is always thoroughly enjoyable "

"Great quality of instruction and administration of the course."

"Teachers were very helpful and good atmosphere"

"Great location, great staff, course content was spot on"

"Knowledgeable and friendly trainer"

"Really satisfied. Really friendly and welcoming atmosphere, so a good learning environment. Lots of opportunities to ask questions."

"I loved the overall approach to the course, really well structured and a lovely location! The information I was given before arriving was really useful too. Thank you very much!"