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the quality of your video does not depend on the camera you use

UPGRADE YOUR SKILLS
Video Camera Training
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cinematographer | photographer | filmmaker | expeditioner

PIETER DE VRIES ACS

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Video Camera Training

Video Cameras

Still to Motion

For Business

For Journalists

One-to-One & Small-Group Training

Training with photographer and cinematographer Pieter de Vries ensures that you acquire the skills you'll need to shoot stunning video using a DSLR, mirrorless or conventional video camera. If you want to know about the essentials of video storytelling and prefer learning at your own pace then One-to-One is for you - it's the ultimate shortcut to the training you need at a time that suits you. PDV is based in Sydney however training can be arranged in other centres  Learnmore

Structured for

Personnel required to produce 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
Anyone who simply enjoys shooting video

Assignment: Antarctica

November/December 2016: I have returned from Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego after participating in a twenty-day expedition to Antarctica. Homeward Bound has gathered the first 76 of a targeted 1,000 women from around the world, all with critical science backgrounds, to undertake a year-long state-of-the-art program to develop their leadership and strategic capabilities, using science to build conviction around the importance of their voices.
The inaugural program culminated in the largest-ever female expedition to Antarctica with a focus on the leadership of women and the state of the world. A ninety minute feature length documentary is being produced by Glacial Productions and it's the reason we were onboard. Our crew: sound recordist Gary Lacroix, second camera and drone operater Dale Cochrane, gimbal camera operator Kess Broekman-Dattner and director IIi BaréFilming for Homeward Bound (working title) will continue in 2017.
 

 

Assignment: Myanmar & Malaysia

October/November 2016: The face of a new generation in Myanmar is this young market girl. Such generous and welcoming people make up this still desperately poor nation. It is a wonderful place to roam with a camera.

 
 

  

Focus Photographers Still to Motion workshop

1st October 2016: My Still to Motion workshop for Focus photographers has wrapped and it was a great day. Thanks to all those who came along, glad to know you had a great time as well as leaving with new skills. It's also a great way for me to meet new people.

Focus is a community for those who share a passion for landscape and seascape photography. Visit the Focus website

Latest videos - South Georgia Island and Antarctica

Birds and seals South Georgia - Gold Bay King Penguins, Baily Bay Chinstrap Penguins and Antarctic peninsular landscapes 

November/December I travelled to the island of South Georgia and Antarctica on the Polar Pioneer for Aurora Expeditions, my role was as a guest cinematography lecturer. I shot video footage along the way. For this expedition, I chose to forgo my Sony PXW-FS7, taking only Sony stills cameras.

Here are are two short videos, shot in 4K, recorded on the Ninja Assassin and uploaded as HD. My camera/lens kit consisted of a Sony A7R Mk2, Sony A7R (stills only), Sony 70-200mm f/4 G zoom, Zeiss Loxia 55mm f/2, Sony/Zeiss 16-35mm f/4, Canon 400mm f/5.6, Sony RX100 Mk4, GoPro 4, Atomos Ninja Assassin, Miller Air tripod/fluid head, Zoom H4n recorder. I used standard gamma settings and the audio was recorded mainly by the A7R's stereo microphone. I used no additional camera accessories.

If weight was again a factor, I'd gladly pack the same kit for the next assignment. I was interviewed before leaving on the expedition.

   

Interview with ABC radios' Conversations

I was recently interviewed by Sarah Kanowski in Brisbane. It was a priviledge to have been asked to be a guest on ABC radio's Conversations. It's one of ABC's most popular regular radio segments with an list of amazing guests who have contributed before me.

Sarah was filling in for regular host Richard Fidler and she made me feel right at home. We talked about work, my assigments, my childhood and as expected, much was left out, so many important collegues momentarily forgotten. I enjoyed my hour long talk - nothing like a hour of live radio to brush away the cobwebs.

A podcast of my interview is available on the ABC Conversations website.

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July training fully booked - now looking to August

The final day of video training for SBS Television cadet video journalists. Phil Ly plays the the news presenter with a passion for nicking colleague's headphones. A full day shooting news spoofs that will sum up the new skills learnt during the week. Vanessa Jane on the right, Creative Strategist, film-maker and producer and entrepreneur.

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Smartfone Flick Fest 2016 judges announced

SF3-2016-FlyerI will be joining the SF3 judging panel again this year. Smartfone Flick Fest is Australia’s only international smartphone film festival for filmmakers of all ages and it is now open for entries!

As long as your film is shot entirely on a smartphone or tablet and it is within the six and a half minute time limit your film is eligible SF3imagefor submission. Everyone has a great idea for a short film and a potential movie camera in their pockets so no excuses.

Enter by August 1, 2016 at www.sf3.com.au while there is still time, start planning your entry now.

Smartfone Flick Fest on facebook

Early morning

A selection of photographs taken during my dawn walks at Sydney's Bilgola and Newport beaches over the past year.

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Seven West Cadet Journalists

From all corners of the country, Seven West Media (Network Seven) cadets skill up on lighting and shooting techniques at my video camera course held at the Australian Cinematographers Society National HQ, North Sydney last weekend.

SevenWestCadets-1Video journalism requires some basic knowledge of film language to successfully translate a good story into an engaging video story, however the concentration needed to operate the camera can draw attention away from the story at hand. My aim is to show each participant how to get to the point where the story always comes first.

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January ACS Drop-In evening - Sony update & A7r MK2 talk

The January Drop-In night at the Sydney HQ of the Australian Cinematographers Society was a standing room only event and featured two video camera related presentations. Firstly, Anthony Kable of Sony Australia filled in the latest developments within Sony's large frame sensor product range and with many recent model releases by Sony, it was a great opportunity for everyone to “get up to speed”.

I followed with a talk centering my recent assignment as a cinematography mentor on board Aurora Expedition's Polar Pioneer. In particular, the use of Sony A7R Mk2 mirrorless cameras paired with the Atomos Assassin 4K recorder to cover my 4K cinematography and stills photography during the springtime expedition to South Georgia Island and Antarctica.