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:
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!
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
-Zebra for proper exposure
-Iris & F-Stop (Manual vs Auto)
-Neutral Density Filters
-White Balance (Color Temperature explained)
-Focus (Manual vs Auto)
-Zoom: Servo & Manual
-SDI/HDMI Output (recording uncompressed video)
Continuing the equipment selection process...camera audio, tripod, audio, portable lighting
Your Camera's Audio Features
-Auto Level vs Manual Level
-Necessary Camera Features Summary
-Pan & Tilt tension adjustment
-Pan & Tilt locks
-Ball Level adjustment
Extra batteries, windscreens, clips
Battery Chargers, power strips, extensions, adapter
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
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
-Check Your Background
Framing & Headroom
Wide Angle Adapter
Putting It All Together: Shooting a Story
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.
-Ways to Light a Scene
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 Circuits: How to Calculate Amps
Lighting an Interview w/2, 3, & 4 Lights
Lighting for Greenscreen
Cheap-o Low-Budget Greenscreen Lights
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
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
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
Field Expedient Reflector
How to do an Extreme Slow Zoom
Shooting from the Ground
Shooting from Field Expedient Support
Field Expedient Dollies
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 schedule...now that you know it'll never happen to you.
Cue Card Secrets
Field Expedient Windscreen
How to Move All Your Stuff
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)
Don't Lend Out Your Gear!
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 creation...lighting, audio, camera operation, directing, editing, and writing.