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A Girl and a Gun - a new video chat show podcast series

Whatever happened to worst video game in history? More David & Goliath law suits. Part 4 in our series on screenwriting with Karel Segers. And special guest Cinematographer Pieter de Vries ACS talks about DSLRs, Pirates, The Trans-Siberian Express railway, Lenses and full-frame digital camera sensors.

PDV's Fairfax Media training course #5

The Illawarra Mercury and The Financial Review gain three new video photographers after their training days this week. My stills-to-video training courses have been a big hit. The iPad apps will soon be richer with video content created by these experienced photographers.


Northside Creative Photography talk

Talking video and DSLR's this week at Northside Creative in Lindfield, Sydney

"Northside Creative was most fortunate to receive a presentation on this topic for Pieter de Vries who is one of Australia’s most well known cinematographers".

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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 and ABC Trainee Video Journalist Miriam Hall & + the popular August Weekend Workshop


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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.

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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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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




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