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Learn to shoot video using DSLR or Mirrorless cameras

THE CAMERA, THE STORY, THE LIGHT. These are core elements of this training, structured for anyone who wants to extend their creativity and take their DSLR or *Mirrorless* camera knowledge beyond menus, buttons and dials.

Training One-to-One

One-to-One gives you the opportunity to have every question answered, any shooting scenario explained. How much time you’ll need will depend on your experience, what you’d like achieve and the time you have available. Best of all, you’ll get to choose the dates that suit you.

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. Online training sessions are also available.

This is unique training – technical and creative

Pieter’s exclusive camera training covers both technical and creative aspects of DSLR or Mirrorless video photography. You will gain full control over the camera settings, freeing you to explore all the amazing creative aspects of cinematography, knowing that you are always getting the best possible images and audio.

What you will learn

  • DSLR/Mirrorless training overview

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

    He uses the latest Mirrorless cameras to demonstrate brilliant shooting techniques. The course also includes a location shoot in the surrounding North Sydney area and along the way, you'll be using some of the latest video tools and toys. Please visit the Training Gallery for images of the venue, the nearby streets and the stunning harbour views

  • Take control of your image

    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. You will gain control over the camera settings, freeing you to explore creative side of cinematography. Topics include:

    • Adapting to the DSLR/Mirrorless form
    • Setting exposure using zebras
    • Adjusting the colour balance
    • Neutral Density filters to avoid shutter traps
    • Explain record formats, codecs, frame & data rates

    • Shooting with gimbals, sliders, dollies & jibs
    • Techniques to streamline your shooting
    • How to correctly use a tripod & fluid head
    • Following action - follow-focus handheld & tripod
    • Time-lapse & Slow-Motion cinematography

  • Take control of your 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. Topics include:

    • Capturing the mix of shots for an easy edit
    • Dynamic camera angles to improve coverage
    • Using the 16:9 frame for informative composition
    • Techniques to streamline your shooting

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