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the success of your video does not depend on the brand or model of camera you use


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cinematographer • photographer • filmmaker


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Video Camera Training

Video Cameras

Still to Motion

For Business

For Journalists

Defence Canberra

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.

ABC Television

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




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


Student film

Student film shoot

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



smallgroup workshop

 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.

New workshop

Join the August small-group workshop

Sydney dates Saturday and Sunday 13th and 14th August. For rundown sheet, please see here. The workshop will have around seven participants, so email early to reserve a place. For this small-group workshop, the cost is $375 + gst per person per day. The training workshop will conduct at the ACS National Clubhouse, North Sydney.
Btw, for news of upcoming workshops, and to keep informed of innovations in cinematography and lighting, I invite you to visit If you like it, please "Like" it, and I will keep you up to date.

Lights for video

What lights do you need?

I have just added a new article which may help you to choose a few lighting bits and pieces to add to you kit. Download it here

"Lighting is at the heart of all photography regardless of the format. It’s about using your camera to tell a story and the way that you, as the storyteller, use light to enhance that story.

Photographers and videographers alike observe natural light and the way it impacts on things. It could be harsh summer sunlight that casts strong overhead shadows, or a ray of warm late afternoon light that rakes across a room after a rain shower. Light, and the way it falls, sets a mood. One challenge for the videographer is to be able to observe these naturally occurring moods and recreate them with artificial lighting." 


Canon followup

Follow-up on the workshops

I've completed a month of workshops, travelling around the country with colleague, photographer Nick Rains. Our thanks go out to everyone who attended, and for the challenging Q&A sessions. Nick and I enjoyed it and we will be back again to run further training in your city. Here are just a few comments about the events:

"The full day event captured the intended audiences attention for the whole time which isn't an easy task"
Kym Meaney, Adelaide

"I thought the workshop was great. It gave me the answers I was looking for and much more"
Phil Cooper, Sydney

I'd happily recommend this to anyone just starting or wanting to expand their knowledge of using DSLR's and film production" 
Rich Wainwright, Perth

"Great venue, great speakers - fantastic day!" 
Paul Kane, Perth

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EDU Melbourne

As a guest speaker at the Exposed Down Under conference held this year in Melbourne, I found lots of guys, largely wedding cinematographers keen for lighting tips.

There is intense interest in large-sensor video cameras and the quality of work on show was stunning.  Lemac Melbourne supplied the lighting kits for the day and are always ready to chip in, so thanks.
Thanks also to Abraham Joffe and Dave Cowling for inviting me to address the event.

Sydney seminar

Sydney DSLR video workshop

From co-presenter Nick Rains
Piet de Vries and I did our first Canon video workshop last Tuesday to a full room in the Sydney Masonic Conference Centre on Goulburn Street. We have already had some excellent feedback so it seems we delivered the goods. It's always tricky to know at which level to pitch these sorts of talks so Piet and I decided to assume everyone came from a stills background and set our level accordingly.

I covered the technical stuff (as is my usual style!) and Piet explained the very different thought processes necessary to shoot compelling video - and showed a video of a wedding shot by a collegue that blew everyone away with it's sophisticated editing and shooting style. It was both intimidating and inspiring at the same time.

We still have places for the other four venues, coming up next week and the week after, if you want to find out more about shooting video with your DSLR.