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DSLR Video Production - Start Shooting Better Video Today

Learn how to shoot beautiful video with your DSLR camera. This is the perfect video course for beginners and hobbyists.
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Created by Phil Ebiner
Last updated 7/2016
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You're here because you want to shoot video with your DSLR or Mirrorless camera, right?

It's great to have you here.

You might be a brand new beginner, or have a little bit of camera knowledge and looking to become more advanced.

With today's DSLR and mirrorless cameras, you can shoot beautiful HD video like never before. This is the perfect course for you if you want to jump into DSLR Video Production.

What makes me qualified to teach you?

My name is Phil and I'm the creator of some of the world's most popular video and photography courses - with over 150,000 students and thousands of 5-star reviews like this:

Phil is a very detail educating person. He does not leave you having questions. Gives you other resources to refer to for more instructions on subjects if you wish to go there. Thanks. Phil. - Khoa Dang

All of Phil's classes are excellent! - James Ryan

Great so far, clear concise and full of good information - Paul Johnson

My Promise to You

I'm a full time online instructor. I'll be here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions about the course content or anything related to this topic, you can always post a question in the course or send me a direct message. 

I want to make this the best course on how to shoot video with DSLR cameras. So if there is any way I can improve this course, just tell me and I'll make it happen.

Get Ready to Change Your Life

This online DSLR Video course will teach you how to shoot amazing videos with your DSLR camera.

This course is designed to teach you the ins and outs of video production, even if you have little to no experience with it, to help create videos that help you stand out from the crowd.

Master Videography Techniques to Create Extraordinary Videos and Boost Your Freelancing Income. That's right, this is a highly desirable skill that companies are looking to pay for in this new digital world.

  • Understand How Cameras Work and What Gear You Need
  • Master Shooting in Manual Mode
  • Use Stabilization, Composition, and Lighting
  • Learn How to Record Crystal Clear Audio
  • Edit Your Videos and Share Them with the World

Regardless of what your level of experience is or what type of camera you use, this in-depth course is designed to provide you with everything you need to take your video skills to the next level.

Whether you prefer shooting documentary, corporate, commercial, narrative or music videos, a great videographer knows how to compose a shot, light it, and edit it. By honing these skills, you can turn your passion into a career.

Contents and Overview

You'll start with the basics and tackle how a camera operates in video mode, the types of cameras and lenses available, and equipment you'll need for accomplishing your goals.

You'll learn about your camera settings, including how to shoot in manual mode. You'll use stabilization tools and master how to properly compose and light a scene. You'll even learn how to record audio using different microphones (shotgun, lavaliere/lapel, and even your smart phone) to get great quality sound.

You'll then learn some advanced tips for shooting with DSLR cameras like how to shoot for slow motion, shooting a multi-camera production, and getting enough coverage. Finally, you'll learn how to edit your own videos, sync audio, add titles, and export for sharing.

By the end of this course, your confidence as a videographer will soar. You'll have a thorough understanding of your DSLR camera and gear so you can use them to their fullest potential to take unforgettable videos and start a profitable video career.

With our 30-day 100% money back guarantee, there is nothing holding you back from jumping in right now and trying the course out.

Go ahead and click the enroll button, and I'll see you in lesson 1!



Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for beginners who are not familiar with shooting video on a DSLR camera
  • This course is for photographers, video newbies, or anyone else wanting to use the video feature of their DSLR camera
  • This course is not for advanced DSLR users who already know everything about their camera
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What Will I Learn?
Shoot amazing video with a DSLR camera
Use the manual settings to control how your video looks
Record great sounding audio with their video
Compose beautiful shots
Light videos on a budget
Excel with advanced DSLR tips
Edit your video using the most popular video editing applications
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  • You will do better in the course if you have a DSLR camera that you can practice with. There are practice exercises that are important to do while learning how to use your DSLR camera.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 83 Lectures Collapse All 83 Lectures 03:43:01
Course Introduction
5 Lectures 12:01

In this video, I'll go over what this course is all about and who I am as the instructor.

Preview 03:53

This video is a quick-win tutorial where I give you my 5 tips for better DSLR video.

Preview 03:35

This a quick guide to help you navigate the course.

Course Overview

Which camera brand is best for DSLR video? This is a question that I often get from students. In this video, I'll explain why camera brand is important but doesn't make a huge different for shooting great video.

Preview 02:11

In this video, I talk about how to succeed with this course.

Preview 01:42
Getting Started with DSLR Video
11 Lectures 23:18

In this video lesson, we'll dive right into what we'll be talking about in this section.

Preview 02:06

In this video tutorial, we'll look at a camera and learn how to turn it on and off, including how to change from photo mode to video mode.

Preview 00:36

In this video tutorial, we'll learn how to properly put on and take off lenses from your DSLR.

Preview 02:06

In this video tutorial, we'll learn about the different modes you can shoot in - from manual to automatic. Which is best for you?

Preview 01:24

In this video tutorial, we'll learn about memory card types, speeds, and how to put them in your camera.

Choosing a Memory Card & Putting a Card in the Camera

In this video tutorial, we'll learn about different video sizes, qualities, and frame rates. You'll be able to understand which is best for you.

Choosing Video Quality & Frame Rate

Here's your chance to taking part in the future of this course.

I Need Your Help

In this video tutorial, we'll learn how to record video, review footage in-camera, how to delete specific clips from your camera, and how to format (delete all clips from) a memory card.

Recording Video, Reviewing your Footage, Deleting Clips & Formatting a Memory Ca

In this video tutorial, we wrap up this great section on the basics of DSLR filmmaking.

Section Conclusion

For your first exercise, we're going to set up your camera and tripod!

Exercise: Practice Setting Up Your Camera & Tripod

In this video, I walk you through setting up your camera and tripod.

Exercise: Walkthrough
Learn the Manual Settings of your DSLR Camera
10 Lectures 18:50

In this video tutorial, we'll dive right into learning the manual settings of a typical DSLR video camera.

Intro to Section

In this video tutorial, we'll learn the basics of shutter speed and how it affects video.

Shutter Speed and Video

In this video tutorial, I give you a tip for choosing the right shutter speed.

Tip - Setting Shutter Speed as Twice the Frame Rate

In this video tutorial, we cover the basics of aperture (also known as f-stop or iris) and how it affects video while shooting with a DSLR video camera.

Aperture and Video (aka F-Stop or Iris)

In this video tutorial, we'll cover the basics of changing ISO and how it affects your video. ISO is basically how sensitive your camera is.

ISO and Video

In this video tutorial, I'll give you a tip on how to fix exposure without using your camera.

Tip - Using Lights to Fix Exposure

In this video tutorial, we'll learn how to properly set white balance using the presets of your camera. We'll also learn what color temperature is, and what different types of lights there are.

Setting White Balance and a Bit About Color Temperature

In this video tutorial, we'll learn about the different picture styles: Standard, Neutral, Landscape, Portrait - and some custom downloadable styles like Cinestyle or Marvels Cine.

Cinestyle download:

Marvels Cine download:

What is a Picture Style, and How to Choose the Right One

In this video tutorial, I challenge you to get out there and start shooting video.

Practice - Play with Your Settings

In this video tutorial, I'll give you some tips for getting perfect focus using your DSLR.

Tips for Getting Perfect Focus
Basics of Video Composition - Getting Great Shots
8 Lectures 14:08

Welcome to the section on video composition!

Intro to Composition

In this video, we'll cover different types of shots and I'll show you many examples from work I've done to inspire you.

Basic Composition - Wide, Medium, and Close Up Shots

In this video, I'll give you a good tip about knowing how much head room to have.

Tip - Head Room

In this video, I'll explain the rule of thirds - one of the basic rules of good composition.

The Rule of Thirds

In this video, I'll talk about how to compose your interview shots.

Composing Interview Shots

Thank you for watching this section about composition.

Conclusion to this Section

It's time for an exercise. Your exercise is to compose a shot using the rule of thirds. In the next video, I'll show you some example that I just recorded for this exercise.

Exercise: Compose a Shot Using the Rule of Thirds

In this video, I'll show you some examples of video shot using the rule of thirds.

Exercise: Walkthrough
Equipment Check - Building Your DSLR Video Kit
5 Lectures 18:29

In this video, I go over the camera body.

The Camera Body

In this video, we learn about the different lens options for your DSLR.

Lens Options - Primes vs. Zooms

In this video, we learn about the different lighting options for DSLR shooting.

Lighting Options

In this video, we discuss the different audio recording options for DSLR video.

Audio Recording

In this video, we talk about the different stabilization options for DSLR video shooting.

Stabilization - Tripods, Monopods, Steady Cam Systems, and Drones
Lighting for DSLR Video
11 Lectures 20:24

In this video lesson, we'll introduce the topic of video lighting.

Introduction to Lighting Section

Here are some lighting kits we suggest.

Lighting Equipment Options

In this video tutorial, we'll learn about using ambient light (i.e. natural light) to light your video sets.

Using Ambient Light for Video

In this video tutorial, I show you how a bounce card can be the perfect 'lighting kit' in your bag.

Tip - Use a Bounce Card

In this video tutorial, I show you my DIY lighting setup that cost less than $50.

Preview 01:22

In this video tutorial, I show you an example of a powerful key light. We learn about using diffusion to 'soften' light and using gels to change a light's color temperature.

Key Light Sample, Diffusion, and Gels

In this video lesson, I'll give you an important safety tip for dealing with hot lights.

Tip - Use Gloves to Protect Your Hands from Hot Lights

In this video lesson, I'll show you an example of a smaller spotlight - the Lowel Pro Light.

Using a Spotlight for Highlighting Details

In this video, we'll learn how create a beautiful lighting setup for interviews using the three-point lighting setup. I'll also show you examples from videos that I've shot in the past.

What is Three-Point Lighting (aka Documentary Lighting)?

Here's a downloadable guide to help you remember how to shoot with the 3-point lighting style.

Complete Guide to 3-Point Lighting

In this video, I'll quickly explain how lighting can change the mood of a scene. For homework, watch this video brought to you by Still Motion:

Lighting for Mood
Audio Lessons with Caleb Wojcik
3 Lectures 28:05

In this tutorial, Caleb Wojcik of the DIY Video Guy YouTube channel goes over how to use shotgun microphones with us.

Shotgun Microphone Tutorial

In this video, Caleb Wojcik from the DIY Video Guy YouTube channel comes on to share some tips for recording audio with lavalier microphones.

Lavalier / Lapel Microphone Tutorial

In this video, Caleb Wojcik from the DIY Video Guy YouTube channel comes on to share some tips for recording better audio and getting proper levels.
Audio Recording Tips & Tricks
Audio for DSLR Video
9 Lectures 23:59

Welcome to the audio section! In this section, we're going to learn about recording audio for your videos.

Intro to Audio Recording for Video

In this video lesson, I'll show you what types of external audio recording devices I suggest.

Recording Audio with an External Recording Device like the Zoom H4N

In this video lesson, we'll learn how to use one of my favorite types of microphones - the lapel mic.

How to Use a Lavaliere Microphone (aka Lapel Mic)

In this video lesson, we'll learn how to use the shotgun microphone.

How to Use a Shotgun Microphone (aka Boom Mic)

In this video lesson, we'll learn how to use your smart phone to record great audio!

How to Use Your Smart Phone to Record Great Audio

In this video lesson, I show you how to use an audio recording device like the Zoom H4N to properly record audio.

How to Record Audio at Proper Levels

In this tutorial, I'll talk about ways to reduce background noise to improve audio quality.

How to Reduce Background Noise

The exercise for this section is to record some audio and remove background noise.

Exercise: Record Audio and Remove Background Noise

In this video, I'll show you how to remove background noise from audio using Audacity. Download this amazing tool for free:

Exercise: Walkthrough
Advanced Video Production Tips
8 Lectures 24:18

Welcome to the section where we'll cover some more intermediate and advanced DSLR shooting tips.

Intro to Section

In this tutorial, we'll learn how to shoot for slow motion with a DSLR camera.

Shooting for Slow Motion

In this video, I'll talk about how to make sure you get enough coverage for the edit.

Getting Enough Coverage

In this video, I'll talk about how to shoot a video with multiple cameras professionally.

Shooting with Multiple Cameras

In this lesson, your action item is to shoot slow motion DSLR video.

Exercise: Slow Motion

In this video, I show you how to slow down footage in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Exercise: Walkthrough

Here's another great sample of slow motion hummingbird footage. In the next video, I'll show you how I edited it in After Effects.

Sample Slow Motion Hummingbird Video

Here is a bonus tutorial that takes slow motion footage to the next level using After Effects

Preview 06:24
Video Editing for DSLR Shooters
11 Lectures 37:12

Welcome to the video editing section, where you'll learn how to edit your DSLR footage.

Intro to Editing

In this DSLR video tutorial, we cover some of the basics of video editing - how to ingest video footage onto your computer.

Ingesting Video into the Computer

In this DSLR video tutorial, we cover some of the basics of video editing - how to import video into your video editing application.

Importing Video into the Video Editing Application

In this DSLR video tutorial, we cover some of the basics of video editing - how to create a new video sequence.

Creating a New Video Sequence

In this video tutorial, you'll learn some of the basic ways to edit video on your timeline including workflow and tricks to be more efficient.

Basic Video Editing Tools and Tips

In this DSLR video tutorial, we cover some of the basics of video editing - how to sync multiple audio and video clips with Premiere Pro and Plural Eyes.

Syncing Video and Audio files for DSLR Shooters

In this DSLR video tutorial, we cover some of the basics of video editing - how to add titles to your video.

Adding Titles

In this video tutorial, you'll learn how to export your videos for sharing.

Exporting your Video for Sharing

This is the last exercise of the course! I hope you enjoy!

Exercise: Edit a Video Montage

Here is my montage sample! It was a quick edit - less than 30 minutes. Hope you enjoy!

Exercise Example - Beach Montage

Here's another sample DSLR video I made while traveling in Switzerland.

Preview 01:28
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About the Instructor
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My passion is inspiring people through online courses. I love learning new skills, and since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. Through my online learning business, Video School Online, I create courses that teach you how to become the better version of yourself with all kinds of skills.

What would you like to learn?

Would you like to make money teaching online courses?

Would you like to build your own 6-figure business?

Would you like to learn motion graphics in After Effects?

Would you like to learn how to shoot & edit videos like a pro?

Would you like to take better photographs?

Would you like to design better presentations, create a great resume, colorize black & white photographs, brew beer, adopt a cat, edit photos in Lightroom, launch a freelance career?

If you want to do any of these things, just enroll in the course. You have a 30-day money back guarantee if you don't like it. And I'm always improving my courses so that they stay up to date and the best that they can be. Check them out, and enroll today!


I've always tried to live life presently and to the fullest. Some of the things I love to do in my spare time include mountain biking, nerding out on personal finance, traveling to new places, watching sports (huge baseball fan here!), and sharing meals with friends and family. Most days you can find me spending quality time with my lovely wife and our cat.

In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production at Loyola Marymount University - one of the top 10 film schools in the country. While there, I was fortunate to make documentaries in Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, and India. After graduating, I worked at Participant Media shooting and editing short-form documentaries for their website TakePart. I followed that stint with a contract at Stanbridge College where I discovered online learning. I helped pioneer their online school there. Most recently, I spent 2 years working at University of California Berkeley with the media team. Throughout this time I built my Video School Online brand to teach others the skills that I have. In May of 2015, I left the 9-5 world to make my own path. Since then, I've made more money, worked fewer hours, and only have done the things I love each day.

I want to show you how to be a better creator, make money from your creations, and live the life you dreamed of.

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