theCameraClass

with award winning documentary team tony wilson and leo sullivan

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN AT THE CAMERA CLASS - PITFALLS AND PROFICIENCIES

shooting a snake's POV (point of view)!
techniques taught at the camera class apply to all cameras. After after doing the cours with this camera, J. bought a Z1!

EXPERT ADVICE

Combining expert advice with hands-on application in MiniDV and HDV digital video and sound, our classes help participants develop skills and improve the overall quality of their work.

Below is a list of some of the topics covered during a typical Camera Class workshop. Don't waste that brilliant idea, give your film a fighting chance.

CAMERA SET-UP

Formats: DV/DVCAM/HDV
The menu settings
Operation options: manual/auto advantages, disadvantages
Setting picture profile and assignment buttons on HDV
Judging exposure
Pre-shoot camera checks: bars/setting white balance/format/sound
Time-code traps
Lens options: wide-angle lenses/diopters for close-up work/lens shades
Sound options: manual and/or auto settings to use working alone or with a recordist
Setting up an onboard radio-mic receiver
Playback: using remote to display time-code/day-date/aperture settings etc.
Tripods and other camera rigs
External monitors
Remote operation with camera remote
Lens focal length comparison with 35mm cameras

SHOOTING TECHNIQUES

'One-man-band' set-up: advantages, disadvantages/sound options
Using 'auto' settings to advantage: spotlight/backlight controls/guide frame use
Handholding tips: steadyshot/advantages of shooting with wide-angle lens
Re-thinking coverage when operating solo
Interview set-ups/eyelines/reverses
Pieces to camera: interesting backgrounds to give context
Coverage: essentials for the editor/crossing the line etc.
Shooting for DVDs Day-for-night techniques
Verité techniques
Shooting stills: diopters (hand-holding tips for stills/using still frame)
Panic stations: set to green
Carrying cleaning tape

RECORDING SOUND

Practical sound solutions for solo operators
Microphones: radio mics/boom mics/camera mics/wind-gags
Microphone technique
Location recording
Background noise
Split channel recording with only one input
Cables and where to purchase
Advantages of using VCR with switchable audio channels to view VHS rushes

LIGHTING TECHNIQUES

Types of lighting units: Lowell/Redheads/Dedos/HMIs
Lighting kits
Lighting jargon: key/fill/backlight/kicker etc.
Basic interview lighting set-up
Bounce lighting
Controlling and correcting daylight/tungsten light sources
Using available light: moving around to get 'best' light
Reflectors
Balancing foreground to backgrounds
Depth of field: advantages, disadvantages
Gain control: when and how much to use
Shutter use in low-light locations
When/why not to light!

TECH TALK

MiniDV v other formats/Mini DV camera comparisons
(Sony/Panasonic/Canon)
Battery durations
16x9 wide-screen/letterbox/anamorphic
Anamorphic lenses (problems with dust/zoom range) v wide angle etc

ADVANCED OPERATION

Shooting in very low light
Shooting computer screens
Shooting TV screens
Troubleshooting