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Videography Fundamentals

Course description

In this hands-on Videography training class, you can work on the technical and creative side of DSLR video (or any other video camera you may have!). You will learn from an industry expert how to go from pre-production to post-production while working hands-on with real equipment and scenarios.


We will start with the design of your story, picking your locations, framing your shots, lighting your shots (if needed), using a green screen, micing your subjects and capturing great footage using your video-capable DSLR* (or any other video camera you may have). Then, well put all of the pieces together while enhancing picture and sound. The end file will be optimized for web and digital delivery.


Come and get some hands-on experience with equipment and techniques, or bring your own equipment and learn how to better take advantage of its capabilities. This class will provide you with real-world video experience from start to finish including:



       Writing the Script

       Location Scouting


       Camera Setup

       Lighting the Scene

       Working with a green screen




       Exporting Your Video


Who Should Attend

Those interested in obtaining or reinforcing basic videography skills for use in video, web, DVD and multimedia development. It is strongly recommended to attend a Premiere Pro Intro course after completion of this course for even further video techniques.


Prerequisites: No prior knowledge of videography is required. Basic knowledge and experience in camera usage and computer technology is required. Users with experience in multimedia applications who are moving toward integrating video will gain from taking this course. It is suggested that students bring in their own camera to class.



Course Outline




Writing the script:

What do you want to communicate?

Who is your audience?

How will they get your material?


Location Scouting:

Where do you need to shoot?

Do you need lights?

Do you need special equipment (rails, jibs, etc)?

Any audio considerations? Is it noisy?

What about power?


Gear check- right gear for the job

Create an equipment list What do you need?

Logistics Tech scout

How will this really go?




Camera Setup:

Best place to be to take advantage of the existing light

Framing the shot The rule of thirds

Do not cross the shooting line!

M is for manual Learn how to set up your camera in manual mode


Lighting the scene (3-point lighting the easy way!)

Working with lights

Working with diffusers

Working with reflectors

Where should you put the lights?

GreenScreen lighting



Shooting styles

Working with Talent

When to use an assistant

Working with Audio

Getting the shot

Dynamic Shooting for more interesting footage

When to shoot and when to wait

Time Lapse best practices





Media Management Importing

Basic Editing w/ Adobe Premiere Pro

Multicamera editing in Adobe Premiere Pro

Audio Sync the fast and easy way!

Basic color correction

Basic Effects

Basic Titles

Basic Audio cleanup (Adobe Audition)

Basic GreenScreen Keying


Exporting your video

What is a codec and why should I care?

Whats the best way to export for YouTube? Vimeo? Others?

Exploring the Adobe Media Encoder



All course objectives and outlines are a guide for students. To ensure student satisfaction, these course topics and order may be modified or added to ensure the latest information is covered to support real world use of the technology.

Disclaimer: All course objectives and outlines are a guide for students. The course topics and order of presentation may be modified based upon the needs of each individual class.