Self-shooting camera skills (1): Foundation

Duration: 1 day

30th January 2020 10:00 - 17:00

This one-day workshop teaches you the practical skills you’ll need to start your career as a self-shooting camera operator. With advice from one of the UK’s leading directors of photography, the course provides the grounding required to understand how your camera works and how to use it on location to film shots that edit and tell your story. In addition to theory, it’s a hands-on course with practical exercises using Canon XF305 and PXW-X200 cameras.

Course content

A grounding in how your camera works, what kit to use, pre-shoot checklists and then the basics of using the camera to realistically cover your scenes are all crucial tools with which you will be able to advance your shooting career.

  • Getting you started; an introduction to a camera
  • HD camera choice
  • The lens: What is it? How does it work? What is an f-stop?
  • Depth of field – how can it be used to engage your viewer
  • Colour temperature explained and how our brain reacts to colour and contrast
  • The beginnings of observational shooting and working with contributors
  • Logistics: downloading, rushes, battery charging
  • Posture and holding the camera correctly
  • Composition
  • Holding a shot long enough, panning smoothly
  • Interviews, eyelines and tripods
  • Checklists before you shoot

Who it's for

All those starting their shooting careers including assistant producers, researchers, producers and journalists. Each workshop can be for up to 9 delegates.

Jeremy Humphries


Jeremy Humphries

Jeremy is the managing director of Skills2Film and an award-winning director of photography who worked for the BBC, Channel 4, and more

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Class size

8 people


102 Euston St
Kings Cross
United Kingdom

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