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Video Camera Training

Video Cameras

Still to Motion

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In the Red Centre, Alice "Springs" to the Video Masterclass


There was a great turnout for my recent Alice Springs video camera and lighting masterclass.

Here is an followup note from the newsletter of the Film and Television Assocciation of the Northern Territory:

"Director of Photography Pieter de Vries delivered a very personal and informative workshop to a large group of filmmakers in Alice Springs earlier this month.

A group of more than 15 people gathered at Witchetty's in the Araluen Centre to make the most of the opportunity to learn some key tips and tricks from one of the best in the business.

It was encouraging to see people with a variety of backgrounds and knowledge, including cinematographers with a high level of industry experience through to young students with a passion for telling stories on screen, and de Vries tailored his class to try to suit the needs of everyone.

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Apple Masterclass in Film

Apple Australia invited a group of 17 students and teachers to join me for a one day master class held Monday 10th December at the Australian Cinematographer’s Society, North Sydney.

Teachers were ask to nominate two or three of their most talented year 10 or 11 media students to attend.


The Shadowcatchers at the Cremorne Orpheum Cinema, Cremorne Sydney

Actor Jack Thomson and myself signing copies of The Shadowcatchers at the Cremorne Orpheum Cinema last night. My daughter Celia with her copy having waited in line for over 45 minutes. Jack and myself were on stage with David Stratton and fellow DP's Andrew Lesnie, Russell Boyd, Don McAlpine and Geoff Burton in a Q&A to help celebrate the release of Martha Ansara's fantastic new book on Australian cinematography and cinematographers.


The Darwin workshops

I have just completed a sucessful lighting workshop for the Film and Television Association of the Northern Territory and the NT branch of the Australian Cinematographers Society. Around thirty people, a cross-section of the Top End's video professionals from Darwin and Alice Springs attended the workshop held at the Darwin University on August 28th. As you can see, it was a varied age group. ABC Open article on Nov 2011 workshop


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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.


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.

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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.





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

Defence Canberra

Training photographers - Dept of Defence Canberra

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