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PIETER DE VRIES ACS

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August, a busy month for video training

One-on-One training with Jonica Newby from ABC Television's Catalyst, ABC Trainee Video Journalist Miriam Hall & new filmmaker Michael Balint  + the popular August Weekend Workshop

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Michael Balint: up to speed with his Canon C300

Filmmaker Michael Balint leaves for one of his overseas shooting trips very soon. He has spent six weekend training sessions with Pieter, tuning his skills on the Canon EOS Cinema camera. This recent training stint with Pieter was to Cockatoo Island on Sydney Harbour.
 

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The Russian Far East expedition

There is a lot to be said about the fortunes that come the way of a humble guy with his cameras. I've recently arrived back from one of the least visited parts of the world. To put it in perspective, less ships explore the Russian Far East, Kamchatka and the Kuril Island group than go to Antarctica each year!

 
Orion Expeditions are the masters of expedition cruising. With me were photographer Nick Rains and 360 degree panorama specialist Tony Redhead - they provided great company and I'm home a little wiser. Jad Davenport, a world class US based National Geographic photographer was also on board so there was rarely a dull moment.

Video highlights 

 

Here are some of my favourite location images all taken on a Canon 5D M3/24-105mm zoom - I just loved using this camera! There is a gallery of images from the trip here.

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Image gallery from the Russian Far East Orion 2 Expedition voyage: June 2012

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Training photographers - Dept of Defence Canberra

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XYZ Networks training

XYZ Networks producers take on video and lighting training

I've just completed two days of training with four of XYZ Network's promo producers at the training HQat North Sydney. The two day course was crafted to give the producers a better understanding of camera and lighting processes. 

 
Day #1: cameras (Sony EX1, Z1 and PMW-F3) were explored and lots of clip screenings
Day #2: spent learning tripod techniques and an exterior location shoot around North Sydney. An intro to lighting in the afternoon

"Thanks again for such a great day on Thursday, really looking forward to the next one!"
Rhanna Collins, The Weather Channel

"Many thanks for an informative, entertaining and relaxing 2 days. I have come away motivated to get out and shoot for work and also personal fun"
David Tomley, Senior Promo Producer LifeStyle Channels


SMPTE workshop

SMPTE 2011 ACS workshops

A number of of the ACS cinematographers recently gave time to running a series of special events at the SMPTE conference and exhibition in Sydney.
 
For those who came our session, there was an opportunity to attend a forum conducted by myself and international photographer Simon Harsent. This was a ‘must see’ if you own a large sensor video camera or a DSLR and you wish to make the most of these camera’s abilities. Simon and myself know these cameras well, and we each brought our distinctive perspectives to show you exactly how to get the finest images that these cameras can deliver.
 

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Six days training in camera and lighting for scholarship winner

Michael Atkin is the Andrew Olle Scholarship winner for 2011. As part of his schoarship package he spent a week with me at the ACS National HQ, North Sydney. There was numerous location shoots and lighting exercises during this time. Michael received the scholarship after pitching a major project which will be completed for different arms of the ABC in 2011.
 
 
 

Sydney Morning Herald training

DSLR Video workshop for the Sydney Morning Herald photographers

April and May workshops
 

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November workshop

November workshop: the last for the year

My last Two Day Workshop for a small group. This workshop will be for a maximum of six participants so that we can do lots of location practice shoots!
 
This workshop is now fully booked

 

For further details of what is covered please download the training schedule

 

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Student film shoot

Randwick College Advanced Diploma group has completed the shooting stage of their short film "Surprise"
 

 

 
 

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 Last weekend - the small-group workshop wraps

Thanks to this great group of willing participants who joined me last weekend for a few days of shooting around the streets of North Sydney. It's a great location with its little lanes, old terrace houses and parks. We finished up the course with a lighting session at the ACS National HQ, North Sydney. The perfect place for our base camp.

Congratulations to everyone for making it one of the best.