• PDV-Welcome
    PDV Digital Cinema Training

    STILL TO MOTION

    Shooting video with DSLR & MIRRORLESS cameras
    demands a whole new set of skills
  • PDV-Welcome
    PDV Digital Cinema Training

    STILL TO MOTION

    Shooting video with DSLR & MIRRORLESS cameras
    demands a whole new set of skills

  • PDV-Welcome
    PDV Digital Cinema Training

    STILL TO MOTION

    Shooting video with DSLR & MIRRORLESS cameras
    demands a whole new set of skills

  • PDV-Welcome
    PDV Digital Cinema Training

    STILL TO MOTION

    Shooting video with DSLR & MIRRORLESS cameras
    demands a whole new set of skills

  • PDV-Welcome
    PDV Digital Cinema Training

    STILL TO MOTION

    Shooting video with DSLR & MIRRORLESS cameras
    demands a whole new set of skills

  • PDV-Welcome
    PDV Digital Cinema Training

    STILL TO MOTION

    Shooting video with DSLR & MIRRORLESS cameras
    demands a whole new set of skills

Learn to shoot stunning video using DSLR and mirrorless cameras

With One-to-One training or being part of a small group, you will learn the techniques that enable you to tell a compelling story with a DSLR or Mirrorless camera. Using informative composition, the best use of available light and by recording clean audio you will be shown how to find the perfect mix of shots to create engaging video sequences. Have every question answered, any shooting scenario clearly explained.

You will learn so much more taking two or three solid days of one-to-one training than you could ever learn signing onto an online course or a once-a-week evening class. Message for a quote or call 0418 169 955 to discuss your particular requirements. PDV Digital Cinema is based in North Sydney however training can be arranged in other centres.

Training to help you understand and use video equipment

Pieter’s unique training teaches you both technical and creative facets of video photography. Participants quickly gain control over the camera settings, freeing them to explore creative aspects of shooting, knowing that they are always getting the best possible video and audio.

What you will learn

  • Course overview

    Cinematographer and photographer Pieter de Vries ACS is a master in the use of DSLR and Mirrorless stills cameras for video production. He will pass on to you a wealth of knowledge and story ideas gleaned from years of shooting award-winning international documentary productions in more than one hundred and eighty countries and territories.

    He uses DSLR, Mirrorless and conventional video cameras to show you brilliant shooting techniques and explains the language of film and video. The course also involves participating in a dedicated location shoot in the surrounding North Sydney area and along the way you’ll get to use some of the latest video tools. Please visit the Training Gallery for images of the venue and the beautiful surrounds of North Sydney 

  • Control of the image is essential

    Once you understand the limitations of using a stills camera to shoot video, you are clear to explore the stunning image quality. Pieter’s unique training teaches you both technical and creative facets of video photography. Participants quickly gain control over the camera settings, freeing them to explore creative aspects of shooting, knowing that they are always getting the best possible video and audio. Topics include:

    SHOOTING WITH THE MANUAL SETTINGS
    • Adapting to the DSLR/Mirrorless form
    • Using an external monitor
    • Setting exposure using waveforms & zebras
    • Adjusting the colour balance
    • Neutral Density filters to avoid shutter traps
    • Recording formats, codecs, frame & data rates
    • Editing export settings for YouTube & Social Media

    CINEMATOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES
    • Shooting with gimbals, sliders, dollies & jibs
    • Follow-focus techniques using telephoto lenses
    • How to correctly use a tripod & fluid head
    • Following action – handheld, tripod & monopod
    • Time-lapse & Slow-Motion cinematography
    • DSLR/Mi audio workarounds
    • Recording clear & clean audio

  • Taking control of the story

    Story-telling plays a key role in this training. Regardless of whether you shoot with a DSLR or a Mirrorless camera, defining the story can often take a back seat to the camera’s stunning image quality. Few have an emotional response to high image resolution. Topics include:

    SHOOTING WITH THE EDIT IN MIND
    • Capturing the mix of shots for an easy edit
    • Dynamic camera angles to improve coverage
    • Using the 16:9 frame for informative composition
    • Shooting techniques to give you editing options

    USING LIGHTS AND NATURAL LIGHT
    • How to use the available light
    • Modifying the output of lights
    • Warming & cooling light
    • Advanced lighting ideas for shooting interviews


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