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

UPGRADE YOUR SKILLS

VIDEO CAMERA TRAINING
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Video Camera Training

Video Cameras

Still to Motion

For Business

For Journalists

Please call to discuss

Regardless of your experience, I will show you shooting techniques that will be of vast benefit.
Please call 0418 169 955 to discuss your particular needs.

Pieter de Vries
 

 

Corporate Training

Video in business - developing in-house expertise

Video is a powerful communication tool, and training can develop the in-house skills needed to create high quality video and deliver it as multi-platform content. Grab its potential, so your team can use their imagination to produce messages with the professional polish that your clients will take seriously. PDV is based in Sydney and can deliver training in other centres.

  • Deliver professional video for marketing & product launches
  • Record important company milestones, events and activities
  • Improve office to office communication between different cities
  • Produce your own training & OHS videos
  • Companies providing staff with additional skills
  • Educational groups wanting latest industry knowledge


Television production companies

If you are a production manager, your production team may be required to shoot video from time to time. It could be additional coverage to support your main camera crew, or perhaps to just shoot some behind-the-scenes footage. Do they have the skills?

Training to help you understand & use video equipment

PDV training covers both technical and creative aspects of delivering great video. It will teach operators to gain control over camera settings, freeing them to explore creative aspects of shooting, knowing that they are getting the best possible video and audio. 

  • Participants will be shown how to setup the camera and take control of only the necesary adjustments. This includes:
     

    MOVING FROM AUTO TO MANUAL

    • Setting the right exposure
    • Camera buttons, dials & menus explored
    • Learn about colour balancing and colour settings

    BUILDING SEQUENCES

    • Capturing the mix of shots that will make a great edit
    • Using the widescreen frame for informative composition
    • Finding the dynamic camera angles to improve coverage

  • Covering events is an integral function of media production units. Topics include:
     

    FRAMING & MOVEMENT

    • How to use a tripod, fluid head and gimbal
    • How to style dynamic and effective camera moves
    • Using the widescreen frame for informative composition

    INTERVIEWS

    • How to record clean & clear audio everytime
    • Great lighting for interviews
    • Finding the best locations for interviews

Regular clients include:


The Reserve Bank of Australia
ABC Television 4 Corners
Fairfax Digital Media Sydney Melbourne 
Southern Star 
SBS Television
Fremantle Media
Coca-Cola Amatil



Department of Defence, Canberra 
Australian National Museum
Australian Federal Police
Australian Film Television & Radio School
XYZ Networks
Granada Television
The Telecommunications Ombudsman


Canon Australia
ANU College of Asia Pacific Studies
Ahi Media Lae PNG
Emap Magazines
Seven Network
NRMA


Dept of Communications
Ten Network
Destiny Financial Solutions
Sony Australia & New Zealand
Orion Expedition Cruises
Silversea Cruises (USA)

 

 

Note on Audio

James-NowiczewskiSufficient instruction is given for you to be able to record decent audio at a basic level. Comprehensive audio training is always best conducted by a professional location sound recordist.

James Nowiczewski is an internationally experienced sound recordist and audio engineer and is a regular trainer at PDV Digital Cinema Workshops. Aside from being one of the best in his specialised craft, he conducts sound-for-video training courses at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. 

Contact James by email

One-to-One training with a DSLR, Mirrorless or Video camera

You will learn how to shoot a compelling story by embracing strong composition, the best use of available light, recording clean audio and finding the right mix of shots that will transform your footage into engaging sequences. Shooting with a DSLR, mirrorless or video camera, you'll find that One-to-one training is ideal if you are pressed for time or find it hard to lock into scheduled workshops. 

About Pieter de Vries

Cinematographer and qualified trainer Pieter de Vries ACS will pass on to you a wealth of knowledge and story ideas gleaned from years of shooting award-winning international productions in more than one hundred and twenty countries. He uses DSLR, Mirrorless and video cameras to teach you brilliant shooting techniques, the language of filmmaking plus you'll get to use the latest cinematography tools. Pieter is based in Sydney and delivers training Australia-wide and beyond.

Training structured for

  • STAFF creating video content for their company
  • JOURNALISTS who are new to Video Journalism
  • PHOTOGRAPHERS needing to port their skills to video
  • SHOOTER/PRODUCERS planning to shoot documentaries
  • MEDIA UNITS wanting to lift the quality of video content
  • ANYONE who just enjoys shooting video

Video camera training for journalists

Journalists using video cameras to record stories is an exciting development in the domain of news and current affairs. There are many advantages, as most journalists know the essence of a good story. The aim of this training is to provide journalists with enough knowledge to not just successfully construct the video story, but to inspire and encourage individual creativity along the way. Above all, knowing how to use the camera equipment is a real confidence builder. 

Story first

Video 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. The aim of this training is to show each participant how to get to the point where the story always comes first.

  • Cinematographer and qualified trainer Pieter de Vries ACS will pass on a wealth of techniques gleaned from years of shooting award-winning international productions in more than one hundred and twenty countries. Pieter's background is in news and current affairs and he will show you the right camera & audio setup and how to best capture a news story, all in an easy to digest style.

  • Participants will be shown how to configure the camera and take control of every adjustment. Topics include:

    USING AUTO & MANUAL

    • Setting the right exposure
    • Learn about colour balancing & colour settings
    • Camera buttons, dials & menus explored

    CAMERA MOVEMENT

    Following movement - handheld and on a tripod
    • How and when to use a tripod
    • Keeping sharp focus

  • Being able to pick up and use a video camera is fast becoming an integral function for journalists. Topics include:

    BUILDING SEQUENCES

    • Capturing the mix of shots that will make a great news story
    • Choosing the camera angles to improve your coverage
    • Using the frame for informative composition

    SHOOTING WITH THE EDIT IN MIND

    • How to record your own PTC
    • Clean & clear audio - configuring a basic audio setup
    • Shooting with only natural interior light

You will learn how to

    Be totally at home using the camera equipment supplied Construct sequences on the fly
    Get the coverage needed by the editor
    Be in the right place at the right time
    Use the manual controls
    Where and how to record an interview
    Record clear & clean audio
    Shoot for the web
    Shoot handheld Sequences with a steady hand
    Correctly set up & use a tripod

 



  


Recent VJ training courses

    ABC News and Current Affairs
    SBS Television
    Fairfax Digital Media
    Fremantle Media
    Granada Television
    Dept of Defence

What will you learn?

Lighting is at the heart of all photography, regardless of the camera or shooting format. It is all about using your video camera to tell a story and the way that you as the storyteller, use light to enhance that story.

  • use a minimal lighting kit with maximum effect
  • decide when to or when not to use lights
  • light beautiful interviews in just minutes
  • enhance how light is occurring naturally
  • light table-top items, photographs & newspapers
  • use an on-camera light with restraint
  • create depth by controlling light with simple tools
  • create low-key scenes with just one or two lights
  • create amazing moods with just a Redhead light
  • match your lights to existing light sources
  • light green screens
  • use practical and dramatic lighting to support your story

 

You will learn the shortcuts to quick and practical lighting setups, enabling you to light with confidence. With the help of a few everyday materials, you will find that even a basic lighting kit can be used to create a variety of fantastic moods. Lighting equipment is provided.

 
 

Learn to shoot stunning video using DSLR and mirrorless cameras

With One-to-One training or being part of a small group, you will learn the techniques that enable you to tell a compelling story with a DSLR or DSLMi camera. Using informative composition, the best use of available light and by recording clean audio you will be shown how to find the perfect mix of shots to create engaging video sequences. Have every question answered, any shooting scenario clearly explained.

You will learn so much more taking two or three solid days of one-to-one training than you could ever learn signing onto an online course or a once-a-week evening classRequest a quote or call to discuss any aspects of your video photography. PDV is based in Sydney however training can be arranged in other centres.

Who could benefit

    PRODUCTION STAFF who may be required to shoot video PHOTOGRAPHERS transitioning to DSLR camera video  LEARN MORE 
    DSLR/Mi USERS wanting to get the most from their camera  LEARN MORE  MULTI-MEDIA PRODUCERS developing in-house expertise  LEARN MORE 
    JOURNALISTS & STUDENTS of media  LEARN MORE 
    VIDEO BLOGGERS using affordable equipment  LEARN MORE 
    COMPANIES providing staff with additional skills  LEARN MORE 
    DIRECTORS & PRODUCERS seeking technical knowledge


What you will learn

  • Cinematographer and photographer Pieter de Vries ACS is a master in the use of DSLR and mirrorless stills cameras for video production. He will pass on to you a wealth of knowledge and story ideas gleaned from years of shooting award-winning international documentary productions in more than one hundred and forty countries. He uses DSLR, Mirrorless and conventional video cameras to show you brilliant shooting techniques and explains the language of filmmaking. Along the way you'll get to use some of the latest video tools.

  • Only when you understand the limitations of using a stills camera to shoot video, can you exploit the stunning image quality. You will learn how to set the menu items that matter so that you can craft images the way you like them. Now can you enjoy constructing engaging stories. Topics include:

    WORKING WITH MANUAL SETTINGS

    • Setting the correct exposure levels
    • Colour settings - the in-built tools that explore colour 
    • Shutter speed & avoiding the shutter speed-traps

    SHOOTING TECHNIQUES

    • Shooting with gimbals, sliders, dollies & jibs
    • How to use a tripod & fluid head effectively
    Audio options - recording audio in the real world

  • Video story-telling plays a key role in this training. Using a DSLR or Mirrorless camera, the story can often take a back seat to the stunning image quality. Few have an emotional response to image resolution. Topics include:

    BUILDING SEQUENCES

    • Capturing the right mix of shots to deliver an easy edit
    • Finding dynamic camera angles to improve coverage
    • Using the 16:9 widescreen for informative framing

    WITH THE EDIT IN MIND

    • Simple & efffective lighting for interviews
    • Follow focus using a telephoto lens
    • Slo-Mo & timelapse cinematography

Learn how to shoot and edit engaging video stories

THE CAMERA, THE STORY, THE LIGHT are core elements of this training, structured for anyone who wants to take their expertise beyond menus and dials. One-to-One training or being part of a small group is the fastest way to gain the techniques that enable you to tell compelling stories with a video camera, DSLR or DSLMi camera. Knowing about informative composition, learning how to maximise the use available light and having the expertise to record clean audio are the essential foundations. This knowledge frees you to concentrate on creating the perfect mix of shots that will result in engaging sequences. 

One-to-One gives you the chance to have every question answered, any shooting scenario explained. How much time you'll need depends on your experience, what you'd like achieve and the time you have available. Ask for a quote or call to discuss any aspect of your video photography. PDV is based in Sydney however training can be arranged in other centres.

Who could benefit

    PRODUCTION STAFF who may be required to shoot video PHOTOGRAPHERS transitioning to DSLR camera video  LEARN MORE 
    DSLR/Mi USERS wanting to get the most from their camera  LEARN MORE  MULTI-MEDIA PRODUCERS developing in-house expertise  LEARN MORE 
    JOURNALISTS & STUDENTS of media  LEARN MORE 
    VIDEO BLOGGERS using affordable equipment  LEARN MORE 
    COMPANIES providing staff with additional skills  LEARN MORE 
    DIRECTORS & PRODUCERS seeking technical knowledge


What you will learn

  • Cinematographer and photographer Pieter de Vries ACS will pass on to you a wealth of knowledge and story ideas gleaned from years of shooting award-winning international productions in more than one hundred and forty countries. He uses DSLR, Mirrorless and Video cameras to show you brilliant shooting techniques and explains the language of filmmaking. Along the way you'll get to use some of the latest video tools.

  • Video camera, DSLR or Mirrorless camera - take control of your settings and you take control of your story. You will be shown how to set the menu items that matter so that you can craft images the way you like them. Now you can enjoy constructing engaging video stories. Topics include:

    SAY GOODBYE TO AUTO

    • Setting exposure using monitors, histograms & zebras
    • Colour balance - the cinematographer's colour secrets
    • Learn about timelapse & slow-motion cinematography

    SHOOTING TECHNIQUES

    • Shooting with gimbals, sliders, dollies & jibs
    • Following movement - handheld and on a tripod
    • Audio options recording audio in the real world

  • Video story-telling plays a key role in this training. Regardless of whether you shoot with a Video camera, DSLR or Mirrorless camera, the story can often take a back seat to the stunning image quality. Few people have an emotional response to image resolution. Topics include:

    BUILDING SEQUENCES

    • Capturing the mix of shots that will deliver a brilliant edit
    • Finding dynamic camera angles that improve coverage
    • Using the widescreen frame for informative composition

    WITH THE EDIT IN MIND

    • Easy & effective lighting for interviews
    • Follow focus using a telephoto lens
    • How to use the available light

Training One-to-One with cinematographer Pieter de Vries ACS

Nothing goes over your head and you won't sit through stuff that you already know. If you shoot video with a DSLR, a Mirrorless camera or a conventional video camera, you will gain your confidence so much faster than you could being part of a group workshop. One-to-One means you have every question answered, any shooting scenario explained.

You will learn more in two or three solid days of One-to-One training than you could ever learn by signing onto an online course or a one-night-a-week group class. This is the easiest, most cost-effective way to get the skills you want, at a time that suits you. Pieter is based in Sydney however training can be arranged in other centres.

Who could benefit

    PRODUCTION STAFF who may be required to shoot video PHOTOGRAPHERS transitioning to DSLR camera video  LEARN MORE 
    DSLR USERS wanting to get the most from their camera  LEARN MORE  MULTI-MEDIA PRODUCERS developing in-house expertise
    JOURNALISTS & STUDENTS of media
    VIDEO BLOGGERS using affordable equipment
    COMPANIES providing staff with additional skills
    DIRECTORS & PRODUCERS seeking technical knowledge

 

Training for Government and Corporate Media Teams

Video is the most powerful communication tool, and training will develop the in-house skills needed to create high quality video and deliver it as multi-platform content. Each course thorougly covers both the technical and creative aspects of videography. Participants will be shown how to take control of every camera settings, freeing them to explore the creative aspects of filmmaking, knowing that they are always getting the best possible video and audio.

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