Videographer's Boot Camp

Basic Training...go from video schmo to video pro and earn a living doing what you love: shooting video!
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  • Lectures 11
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

Do you love creating video? Do you want to learn what it takes to make a career as a videographer?

Learn all the basics of videography and become a professional.

What you'll learn in this course:

  • Learn what features you'll need in the equipment you buy or that you will encounter when working for a production company or news station.
  • Learn all the basics of what to shoot & how to shoot to effectively tell a story.
  • Become an artist by learning the effective use of lighting.
  • Learn how to record clean, professional audio.
  • Discover the tips & tricks of the trade that will make your professional life easier & help you overcome obstacles.
  • Learn how to act like a professional and keep getting gigs.

Become a pro videographer

While technology changes, the basics of visual storytelling stay the same. Those basics include effective camera operation, creative lighting & clean audio recording. You'll learn all of that with this course. Believe it or not, many people already earning a living as videographers don't have these basics mastered so you can gain an advantage by learning what I teach you. After you have the knowledge and practice your craft, you can work as a freelance camera operator, works at a news station or a production company. You can even start your own production company!

Why is this course unique?

I have 30+ years of experience and can help you avoid problems and overcome obstacles that only experience can teach you. Besides lectures, there are plenty of demonstrations with my assistants. I'll also show you real-world examples of professional video. I'll shoot a story and break down the elements for you so you can do it too!

What are the requirements?

  • You do not need any materials to take this course...only a desire to to create compelling video

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn all the basics of professional selection, how to shoot, lighting, recording professional audio, tips they don't teach you in school, and how to be a professional.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is FOR the newbie who wants to make a career as a videographer. This course is NOT for intermediate and advanced students (although intermediate students may find useful information throughout the lectures.) Also, this series is about how to shoot professional video. We are not covering editing.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Equipment Selection-Codecs & Cameras

The array of equipment on the market today can be confusing. I tell you what features you need to look for when selecting equipment and why.

Codecs & Bitrates explained

Camera Features:

-Zebra for proper exposure

-Iris & F-Stop (Manual vs Auto)

-Neutral Density Filters

-Shutter Speed

-White Balance (Color Temperature explained)

-Focus (Manual vs Auto)

-Focus Enhance

-Zoom: Servo & Manual

-SDI/HDMI Output (recording uncompressed video)



Continuing the equipment selection audio, tripod, audio, portable lighting

Your Camera's Audio Features

-XLR Inputs

-Line/Mic switch

-Trim (gain)

-Auto Level vs Manual Level

-Phantom Power

-Wind Filter

-Necessary Camera Features Summary


-Fluid Head

-Pan & Tilt tension adjustment

-Pan & Tilt locks

-Bubble Balance

-Ball Level adjustment



-Be Quiet!




-Hand Mic

-Wireless Audio

Extra batteries, windscreens, clips


-On-Camera Light


Battery Chargers, power strips, extensions, adapter

Section 2: Part 2-Shooting Video

We learn everything from setting up your camera, how to correctly operate it, and discuss types of shots and camera moves.

Setting Up Tripod & Camera

How to White Balance

Iris/100% Video/Using Zebra

How to Focus

Types of Shots

Types of Camera Moves

Dolly vs Zoom

Handheld Boom Shot

Video “Handles”

Rack Focus

Camera Placement

Shooting Handheld

Telling a Story

Trick for Limiting Depth of Field


You'll learn how to shoot interviews outdoors with both lighting and audio issues. You'll also learn how to frame your subject and the different types of "B-Roll" you'll need to shoot to support your story. Finally, I'll shoot a story with both interviews and B-Roll and you'll learn how everything we've learned up to now comes together.

Shooting Interviews Outdoors

-Bright Sun


-Check Your Background

-Audio Considerations

Framing & Headroom

Wide Angle Adapter


Putting It All Together: Shooting a Story

Section 3: Part 3-Lighting

Light is the videographer's paint. You'll learn about the color temperatures of different light sources and how to manipulate the temperature to your advantage. Reflectors are indispensable and you'll see how to use one outdoors as well as indoors. Finally, we'll discuss different ways to control light to unleash your creativity.

Color Temperature






Outdoor Lighting

-Reflector Techniques

-Diffusion Technique

Indoor Lighting

-On-Camera Light

-Ways to Light a Scene

-Reflector Indoors

Controlling Light

-Barn Doors





Mounting Solutions

Black Foil


You will learn how to calculate amps to avoid blowing electrical circuits. It's easy and there's no Common Core involved. I'll teach you different ways to light an interview...from a down 'n dirty 2-light set-up if you're in a big hurry and then we'll add a third light and then a fourth light if you have more time and want to get more creative. I'll also demonstrate lighting for greenscreen.

Electrical Extensions

Electrical Circuits: How to Calculate Amps

Spare Bulbs

Lighting an Interview w/2, 3, & 4 Lights

Lighting for Greenscreen

Light Meters

Cheap-o Low-Budget Greenscreen Lights

Section 4: Part 4-Audio

The audio basics....We discuss what type of audio to record on separate channels of your camera. You'll learn about different types of microphones and wireless audio. You'll learn proper placement of lavalier mics and make sure your talent is using a hand mic properly.

Digital Audio Considerations

NAT Sound & Main Audio Tracks

Shotgun, Hand, & Lavalier Mics

Wireless Audio

Lavalier Mic Placement

Fabric Tape Tip

Hand Mic Position


I'll show you why, like video, audio is better when set to manual settings than automatic. We'll look at all the audio settings on the camera and in the camera's menu. You'll learn what level to record audio. I'll also teach you to be aware of audio problems to pay attention to.

Main Audio: Manual vs Auto

Audio Settings on the Camera

Audio Settings in the Camera's Menu

Correct Audio Level

Wireless Mic Settings

Noise: Environmental & Electrical


Audio Cables & Electrical Cables


Section 5: Part 5-Tips

Chapter 1 of various things I have learned through my own experience over the years. Hopefully, these tips will make your life easier and your production days more productive.

3 Things You Need to Have on You Always

How to Clean a Lens

What's in the Bag? What to Carry in Your Kit

Doormats & Step Ladders

Lighting: Stands & Cold Shoes

Reflectors Indoors

Field Expedient Reflector

How to do an Extreme Slow Zoom

Shooting from the Ground

Shooting from Field Expedient Support

Field Expedient Dollies

Handheld Tips


Chapter 2 focuses on helpful tips for working with talent (the people who are on-camera...actors, reporters, interviewees, spokespersons, etc.) You'll also learn the right way to wrap cable (Yes there's a right way and a wrong way) so your shoot stays organized and on-schedule. There's an interesting tip on making your own windscreen if you get into a jam. What's the easiest way to move all your gear from Point "A" to Point "B"? I'll show you a couple of ways. And finally, I'll fill you in on making sure your camera is "environmentally sound". Watch the segment to find out what I'm talking about which has ruined many a shooting that you know it'll never happen to you.

Talent Tips

Cue Card Secrets

Sitting Position

Time Code

Wrapping Cable

Field Expedient Windscreen

How to Move All Your Stuff

Environmental Concerns

Section 6: Part 6-Best Practices: How to Act Like a Pro and Make a Career

An insider's guide on making a career of videography. This is all about doing well and getting your next gig and building your reputation. You'll learn how to act professionally, how to stay organized, delivery of media, and how to get paid. I also struggled with this next one on whether to put it in this section or in the "Tips" section but you'll also learn why you shouldn't lend out your gear (Nice guys and gals finish last.) Probably the most important part of the series is my advice on "Valuing Yourself." Now get out there and practice your craft!!!

Traits of a Good Professional (Talent is NOT #1)



Getting Paid

Don't Lend Out Your Gear!

Valuing Yourself

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Instructor Biography

Derek Fremd, Professional Videographer & Editor/Dreamcatcher Media, Inc.

I have been a producer, director, cameraman, and editor for 30+ years in South Florida. I create diverse video programming from 1/2 hour broadcast specials to news, educational non-profit, corporate, awards videos, Video-On-Demand, and events. My work has won Telly Awards (which every year honors the very best film & video productions, groundbreaking online video content, and outstanding local, regional, & cable tv commercials and programs.) In partnership with Comcast we won a prestigious NAMIC (National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications) award for Best Digital Media for a 10-part series I directed, shot, and edited (and also produced three of the segments.). With Warner Bros. Publications I directed and edited dozens of music instructional videos that sold hundreds of thousands of units in retail locations and online. I am an experienced professional in all aspects of media, audio, camera operation, directing, editing, and writing.

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