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the success of your video does not depend on the brand or model of camera you use


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cinematographer • photographer • filmmaker


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Video Camera Training

Video Cameras

Still to Motion

For Business

For Journalists

One-to-One & Small-Group Training

Cinematographer Pieter de Vries ACS will teach you the skills that you need to shoot stunning video. If you want to learn the technical and creative essentials and prefer learning at your own pace, then One-to-One is for you - it's the ultimate shortcut to the skills you need at a time that suits you. Training for small groups can also be arranged. Based in Sydney, training can be organised in other centers  READ MORE 


Structured for

Multi-Media Producers producing video for their company
Journalists keen to shoot their own news stories
Photographers wanting to port their skills to video
Shooter/Producers who plan to shoot documentaries
Video Bloggers using affordable equipment
Cinematographers needing an update on a camera

What people say

July 2019: Advanced Lighting training

Cinematographer Joshua Marks, came to the North Sydney Head Quarters of the Australian Cinematographers Society recently for advanced lighting training. Josh shoots and produces documentaries for corporates, communities and campaigns. He is an accompliished cinematographer, however he engaged me to take him through a number of more advanced lighting techniques and lighting ideas which included:

Creating light and shade, creative use of window light, advanced uses of coloured gels and diffusion, using cutters with blacks with black wrap & gobos, using bounced light and lighting large areas.


July 2019: Los Angeles to Guatemala Photo & Video Lecture Tour

A run down the west coast of the United States - LA to Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. I presented three cinematography talks in the Royal Court Theatre onboard the stunning Queen Elizabeth cruise ship. Now back in Sydney and in the midst of training with clients in North Sydney.


May/June 2019: Photo & Video lecture tour of Alaska

I've just competed a fifteen day photography/cinematography lecture tour of Alaska, a trip that took me through the heartland of the 1898 Alaskan gold rush. Places like Hoonah, Wrangell and the launching pad for the stampede to riches, Ketchikan. Other locations photographed included, Kodiak Island, Seward, Hubbard Glacier, winding up the tour in Seattle. My cinematography talks have been well attended on board Oceania's Regatta. 


April 2019: photo and video tour to India

I've competed my three week tour of Singapore to Mumbai. My cinematography talks have been well attended on board the beautiful Silversea Silver Shadow. This voyage covered Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India. The Indian ports of Cochin a port city in southwest India's coastal Kerala state was a standout plus also seeing New Mangalore, Karnataka state, one of the busiest and largest port in India and Mormugao in the Indian state of Goa. Finishing up in Mumbai.


February 2019: Melbourne director/producer flies in for training

Topping off one of my busiest months ever, Melbourne based Freelance Documentary Producer/Director Rhian Skirving popped up to join me for some advanced cinematography training. Rhian is a collaborator with Australian composer/lyricist, musician, comedian, actor, writer and director Tim Minchin.


January/February 2019 video camera training

These past few weeks have been busy with training courses the HQ of The Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) in North Sydney. Courses have been structured for clients using a variety of video cameras, from Sony FS7's, Canon C300's to the Apple iPhoneXS.

Netball Australia
Australia Cinema Advertising, Melbourne
The NSW Electoral Commission

  The Buchanan Advertising Group Melbourne
Cruise Express, Sydney
Anthony White

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January 2019: around Australia cinematography lectures

Now wrapping up my cinematography lecture series on Regent's Seven Seas Mariner. This voyage was a circumnavigation of Australia - Sydney to Sydney, with a stop at Komodo Island then onto Bali to see in the New Year.

I looked out on a packed show theatre for all on my sessions and it was nice to be joined by so many guests interested in seeing and hearing about my work as a photographer and cinematographer. Soon it will be back to the ACS National Headquaters in North Sydney for a long run with training clients, all keen to explore aspects of the craft of cinematography.


Nov/Dec 2018: Busy times

This past week has seen filmmakers and videographers from around the country coming in for my One-to-One and small-group courses. In for three days this week for some advanced cinematography and lighting training, Adam Williamson, head videographer at Hoyne Design. Hoyne is one of Australia's top brand and marketing agencies. Henry and Bryn Williams, brothers who have a passion to tell stories.

There have also been quite a few travel bloggers attending my One-to-One training. I offer specialised camera and audio training in this area. Grace Hu was in for a few days last week. Sydney lawyer, Greg attended the weekend Still to Motion course.

So why not Upgrade your Skills, join me in the new year?


Cinematography & photography cruise lecture tours

2017/18 Dec/Jan: Oceania, Nautica
South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zanzibar
Seychelles, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore

2018 Feb/March: Silversea, Silver Shadow
Singapore to Hong Kong

2018 Oct: Silversea, Silver Muse
Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand

2018 Nov: Silversea, Silver Muse
Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong

2018 Dec/Jan: Regent Seven Seas, Mariner
Komodo, Bali, circumnavigation of Australia

2019 February: Cunard Queen Elizabeth
Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne & Sydney

2019 April: Silversea, Silver Shadow
Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India

2019 May/June: Oceania, Regatta
British Columbia, Alaska, Seattle US

2019 July: Cunard Queen Elizabeth
Los Angeles to Puerto Quetzel, Guatemala

August: Silversea, Silver Spirit
Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Estonia, UK

2019 Nov/Dec: Oceania, Nautica
Rome, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Oman

2020 March/April: Silversea Silver Shadow
Rio de Janeiro, The Caribbean to Fort Lauderdale

2020 April: Silversea Silver Whisper
Singapore to Mumbai

2020 July/Aug: Regent Seven Seas, Navigator
Denmark, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Holland

2020 Nov/Dec: Regent Seven Seas, Mariner
Peru, Chile, Tierra del Fuego, Falkland Islands

2021 April: Regent Seven Seas, Mariner
Dubai, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Turkey, Italy, France and Spain


Oct 2018: This week at PDV - Stills to Motion training

Flying in for training this week, Matthew Cawood. Matt is the Communications Officer at the University of New England in Armidale. He has also worked for Australian Geographic Magazine as photo/journalist. Matt was in for the Stills to Motion training course.


Oct: The 2018 SmartFone Flick Fest Finals at the Opera House

Sydney Opera House. A perfect venue and perfect night for the SF3 SmartFone Flick Fest Gala Finals. I had the pleasure of announcing the winner and runner up in the Best Cinematography category.

Congratulations to cinematographer/director Rah Shama for his short film, "Restoration", shot on an iPhone X; to everyone up on that famous stage. Festival originators and pricipals Angela Blake and Alison Crew, you sure know how (and where) to put on a great show! Thank you to the other industry expert judges on the panel, including Jason van Genderen, Rebel Penfold-Russell, Alan Nurthen, and Christopher Stollery. Smart Phones pull in smart people!


Sept 2018: training for icon water media unit canberra

I've been in Canberra running a video production course for the media team at Icon Water, the city's major water supplier. Our location training shoot at the old Cotter Dam Pump Station delivered some rewarding lighting opportunities. It's one of Canberra’s oldest buildings. Construction started in 1914 and was completed in 1918.

Location training shoots are an essential aspect of my training.


August 2018: Location training & mentoring

This week I'm working in remote Central Queensland at Saddler Springs, a 30,000 hectre cattle station owned by Amanda and Lloyd Hancock. Amanda is my training client and she flies the drone and does nicely with her Sony PMW-200, Sony A7 Mk3 and a Mavic Air drone. Our filming/camping location, Battleship Spur at 1,200 meters, is no place for sleepwalkers! 

Amanda trained with me here in North Sydney during May, followed by six days location mentoring in Central Queensland and now she returns to my North Sydney venue to start training with the Sony A7 Mk3.