UPDATED: 2016-07-04. In this two-hour course, you will learn how to set up and configure your own video studio on any budget. You will learn what equipment is needed and you will receive recommendations on different types of equipment based on your available budget. Activities and resources are available at the end of each section to reinforce what you've learned and guide you in applying what you learned so you can take action and implement the setup.
The course takes you through a linear process of understanding the key concepts, making the right choices based on your vision for your videos, and implementing your choices. You can go through the course step by step or you can jump around to just get information on the specific area you need help with.
This course is divided into 4 major sections: Basics, Microphones, Lighting, and Camera.
In Basics, you'll learn about WHY a studio can help you create videos faster, the rule of thirds, framing, and choosing a background.
In Microphones, you'll learn about the different microphone types (handheld, lapel, headset, etc.), their interfaces (USB, XLR, 1/8 inch or 3.5mm), what type of microphone to buy depending on your video style and your budget, and how to properly test and record with microphones.
In Lighting, you'll learn about the different types of lights (incandescent, CFL, LCD, halogen), what types of lights are best for different situations, what color temperature is and its importance, changing the lighting intensity, what three-point lighting is, and how to properly light a studio for video recording.
In Cameras, you'll learn how to use the camera you probably already have, what settings to use on your camera, how to choose another camera if you prefer, how and why to stabilize the camera to make the shots look more professional, and how to use multiple cameras help you hide mistakes.
Delivering technical training since 2003, Ron has taught hundreds of students everything from Microsoft Office applications to soft skills to Networking. His passion for training is evidenced in his energetic and engaging deliveries.
In 2012, Ron won two separate awards for his "Top Five-ish Screencasting Tips" video. He was recognized twice as one of the top ten New Horizons applications instructors in the world (Dec 2004 and Oct 2005).
Ron's love of learning and technology began in 1985 with a life-changing teacher and a Commodore 64 computer. He's upgraded his computer a few times over the years (it's now an i7) and continues to share what he learns.
Southeastern College in Lakeland, FL is where Ron earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education - Secondary Mathematics. Since graduation, Ron's job titles have included Director of Education, Applications Instructor, Technical Instructor, Training and Operations Manager, Sr. IT Learning Specialist, Technical Trainer, Manager of Technical Training, and Training and Development Manager. He has facilitated Train-the-Trainer sessions to coach and mentor new and seasoned instructors. Ron has created custom courses for a variety of companies including financial institutions, manufacturing, industrial, talent management, and was even flown to Memphis to deliver a custom class at FedEx headquarters.
Delivering live, in-person training is where Ron really shines. He loves interacting with audiences and entertaining while training. He has a genuine desire for learners to understand whatever course they are taking. He will often go the extra mile to ensure that his students have everything they need to apply their learning in their projects.