Learn the skills that are necessary to create great looking video using a DSLR or any other conventional video capturing device and then be able to use those skills to create a profitable business.
Master the Fundamentals of Videography in Easy to Digest Tutorials
At the end of this course:
Video is everywhere we look today - skilled video creators are already in great demand and the trend is showing no signs of slowing down. Get in front of the trend!
The skills you develop throughout this course will give you some very powerful tools at your disposal to take into any arena. There has always been a need for good quality video production and even more now with the rise of You Tube and social media.
The opportunity to create your own video based business or to offer freelancing services has never been greater. Having a fundamental understanding of videography will be a priceless commodity in todays marketplace.
Content and Overview
This course is suitable for beginners and hobbyist's with a passion for video also intermediate videographers or photographers looking to expand their portfolios.
The course consists of over 29 lectures and approximately 2 hours of content broken down into easily to consume videos, checklists and quizzes.
I have broken the course into four ( 4 ) modules which build on top of each other and give a strong foundation in how to use a DSLR / Video correctly.
Starting with the Camera Basics we cover how to set up a DSLR / Video camera so we are ready to film, taking into account Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO and Frame Rates. We then move into the camera settings which include Picture Styles, White Balance and the types of lens we can choose to use. Focus is also covered in depth in this section
With the basics covered in detail we move onto the topic of Composition and drill down into what makes an average looking shot into a great looking shot. The main topics we cover in this section are:
Shot Selection ( Framing ), Angle of shot, Rule of Thirds, Depth of Field, 180 Degree Rule.
Once a shot is composed correctly we need to keep interest so teaching how to use B Roll and cutaways allied to how we sequence the footage is a must.
The next module teaches the fundamentals of Audio and Lighting giving the student full access to why these components of any video are crucial.
Finally, an overview of how the skills that have been acquired throughout the previous modules can be put to practical use almost immediately.
Students who complete this course will emerge with a solid grasp of Videography but will also be armed with a strategy on how to take these skills forward into the marketplace to create a profitable business.
A warm welcome to the course and a quick overview of what we will cover & how to get the most out of the course.
The Essential Equipment
The Essential Equipment needed to produce high quality video with explanations and tips.
Camera Settings - The Basics
Learn how to set up your DSLR so you are ready to start making video.
What is the I.S.O?
The ISO is your camera’s sensitivity or your camera’s sensor’s sensitivity to light. In this video we look at how we change the I.S.O and what effect it has on the images we produce.
Shutter Speed & Frame Rates
In this video you will learn the difference between shutter speed and frame rates.
How changes in the shutter speed can increase / decrease motion blur
What is an F-stop ?
How does the aperture control depth of field?
Lenses: Zooms vs Primes
This video explains the main difference between a Prime Lens and a Zoom Lens
What is the Focal Length of a Lens ?
How does a Wide Angle Lens work ?
Picture Styles ( Profiles)
In this video we learn how to manipulate the " In Camera " settings in respect to Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation & Colour tone.
Why is it an advantage to use a " Flat " Picture style?
This video will cover How & Why we set the white balance before filming
What is the Kelvin Scale?
When to use the White Balance Shift option
Recap: How we use the custom white balance settings in the camera to balance the natural light
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In this video we will cover how to set focus both manually and using the auto mode.
Why using a Eye Loupe is advantageous.
What do you know about your DSLR ?
A Brief introduction to why composition is important
Why how we " Frame " a shot is so important in the storytelling process
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When framing your shots correctly you need to consider head room
In this video we learn how the placement of the camera is crucial in creating different emotions for the viewer
What is Sequencing?
In this video we understand how mixing up our shot selections and angles can improve the viewing experience of our videos.
B Roll & Cutaway Shots
Learn how adding B Roll and cutaways helps make a scene more interesting.
Rule of thirds / 180 degree rules
In this video we see how making simple changes to our composition we turn a good shot into a great shot by using the rule of thirds.
Why crossing the 180 is a bad idea.
Depth of Field
Learn how depth of field can be used as a creative tool
What is a Rack Focus ?
Stabilization and Camera Movements
In this video we cover the tools needed to keep our footage steady.
Camera movement and how it increase production values
What do you really know about composition ?
In this video we will cover:
Why good audio is so important - even more than good image quality!
Tips to capturing good audio.
The Importance of Lighting in your videos
This video will cover the best time and conditions to film under during the day
Using light to create stunning imagery - like an artist !
How to Monetize Your Skills!
In this video I explain a number of different ways to monetize the video skills you have learned throughout this course.
A copy of the Monetization Strategies Mindmap - Please print or download.
Well done you have finished the course - you now have the skills to create stunning videos.
Keep filming and remember Practice - Practice - Practice
Please leave Feedback and drop me a line if you have any questions - I am here to help
I am Mark Beniston a Professional Videographer based in the North of England in the United Kingdom. A real passion for all things film related led me to set up my first video production company in 1998. For over 17 years I have aimed my video camera and more recently DSLR at everything you could imagine - well almost!
A brief summary of the many projects I have undertaken are listed below
A veteran of over 450 weddings to date (filmed and edited). I am also extremely proud to mention that I still have contact with many of the bride and grooms and they regularly recommend my work to others.
It is also worth pointing out that many " Video Experts " say that filming a live event is tough but filming a wedding live event is by far one of the most difficult and pressurised assignments you can undertake.
Corporate / Commercial Video Production
Hundreds of Corporate / Commercial projects which include:-
- Health & Safety
- Education Services
- Local Government
Regularly travel throughout Europe to film weddings and corporate events.
It is also worth mentioning that I have edited ALL the projects above and MORE over the past 17 years, which keeps me up to date with the latest and greatest softwares and advanced techniques.
As stated above my real passion is for film and film making and I want to help inspire others with the same passion, drive and ambition to make better video productions and ultimately a sustainable and profitable business.