Cinematography - Professionally Use & Understand Your DSLR
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Cinematography - Professionally Use & Understand Your DSLR

Understand how to understand and how to best set up your camera for the best quality possible!
4.5 (10 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
72 students enrolled
Created by Chad Sano
Last updated 1/2015
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  • 33 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Fully grasp the controls of a camera and be able to film in any circumstance for the best results.
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  • It will help if you currently have a DSLR.

This course is for the beginners through the advanced videographers out there.

This course covers all the details most people don't even know about there cameras! Such as which settings should be used, and which should be turned off.

Students will also learn extremely important camera techniques, including: ISO - APERTURE - SHUTTER SPEED - WHITE BALANCE AND MUCH MORE!

As you watch the course, I give you real life examples of the different settings you can use and the impact it makes on your movie!

If you are wondering if you have what it takes to be a cinematographer, or if you want to know your camera fully inside and out, this is the course for you!

If you want to know everything you will learn in a basic film class, here it is for so much cheaper than anywhere else!

You'll also be able to take the quiz and find out if you were paying attention during the videos!

I am a film student, transferring to Chapman Film University next semester. My credits include...

Disney Channel




And Much More! You can check out my IMDb for the complete list!

It doesn't matter what kind of videographer you are, someone who loves Short Films, Commercials, Movies, TV Shows, Documentaries, whatever it may be, you can use these cinematography skills and techniques to expand your career!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone wondering what goes into making films and how to operate a camera. Though this is more of an introductory class, it is recommended for everyone to learn something new.
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Curriculum For This Course
Intro and About
2 Lectures 04:13

A video describing what we will be talking about during the course.

Preview 00:19

This video will go over all the Pro's and Con's of DSLR's and why they are so popular.

Preview 03:54
Adjusting Your Settings
5 Lectures 04:09

An introduction video discussing what and why we need to turn off certain settings.

Preview 00:25

This video helps you choose the best setting for quality and for frame size.

Preview 00:52

This video goes over many functions that should be turned off in your DSLR.

Preview 00:45

This video discusses the best "Picture Profile" to use and why.

Preview 01:47

In this video you will see how to save your most commonly used settings for easy access.

Preview 00:20
Master The Exposure And You Can Film Anything!
5 Lectures 09:34

This video is an introduciton to learning about Exposure.

Preview 00:47

This video is dedicated to the ISO and learning what it entails.


This vidoe focuses on Shutter Speed and how it affects the overall video.

Shutter Speed

This video demonstrates the power of the Aperture and how we use it to our liking.


This video talks about White Balance and the Kelvin Color Temperature Wheel and how to control it.

Color Temperature

Do you fully grasp the concepts of Aperture, ISO and Shutter Speed?

Understanding Exposure
3 questions
3 Lectures 04:10

This video will go over using Neutral Density Filters and how powerful they are.


A quick video showing the power of Cinestyle in low lit situations.

Preview 00:56

A video about a powerful and commonly overlooked setting, the color grid.

The Color Grid
What's In My Bag
1 Lecture 01:20

A video about what I personally take with me to shoots.

What's In My Bag
Helpful Links And Advice
3 Lectures 09:47

A video about the lights that I find both cheap and useful for films.

Lights That I Use

An ending video thanking you for your time and a chance to check out my more advanced course.

Ending Video

A list of links to sites and products I discuss throughout the course.

Helpful Links .DOC
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About the Instructor
Chad Sano
4.5 Average rating
10 Reviews
72 Students
1 Course

God - Acting - Filming

Even as a young boy, I had an interest in the entertainment industry. My parents helped greatly by driving me to auditions. After a few years of acting, my family moved to Colorado. I missed the entertainment industry greatly!

So here I am, graduated after high school and back in California. I am currently an actor and a cinematographer, I'll be transferring to Chapman University next semester to further my skills even more.

You can check out my full list of credits on IMDb but my list includes:

Disney Channel



Video Game High School


Let's Make A Deal

and much more!

If I'm not out on an audition, I'm filming something with my "Sano Film Productions" company or filming a video for a film festival.