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Shooting Basic Video

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Shooting Basic Video

Video — your camera can shoot it but not sure where to start? Have you tried video but aren't happy with the results? Shutter, ISO, Aperture — don’t work the same as when taking photos. Need help making sense of it?

In this course, we introduce beginner concepts and techniques necessary for shooting video with a DSLR or Mirrorless camera. Targeted at beginning videographers and anyone interested in shooting video, this course covers cinematography basics. 

Topics Covered

• Choosing a Camera
• Lens Selection
• Basic Stabilization and Tripods
• Basic Storytelling
• Frame Rates
• Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO in relation to video
• Resolution
• Basic Audio
• Basic Lighting Considerations
• Basic Concepts of Editing

Required Equipment

• Camera - DSLR or Mirrorless that records video
• A freshly formatted memory card
• A fully charged battery
• Note-taking Supplies
• A tripod (optional)


This course is geared towards beginners in videography. We also assume you are familiar with your camera and it’s use. The concepts covered assume you are a photographer and requires an understanding of intermediate photography concepts - shutter, ISO, aperture, composition. 

Schedule and Format

This is a lecture and hands-on class. The first three hours of class are spent in the Precision Camera classroom covering the concepts outlined above. The last hour will be spent using your camera to shoot short video clips, try different settings, ask questions and receive one-on-one guidance. 

If you arrive to the class and find the store closed, please head to the auxiliary door on the north side of the building and ring the doorbell. Someone will come to let you in.

About the Instructor

Todd White specializes in fashion, portrait and commercial photography/videography. He has photographed with many country artists including Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and George Strait. A selection of these photos have been published in People and Country Weekly magazines. Other commercial work has been published in Vogue, British Vogue, the Wall Street Journal and Texas Highways. Other commercial clients include Altar'd State, Facebook, Pinterest and Neiman Marcus. Todd has videography and editing experience in fashion and commercial projects. He has shot/edited spots for Austin Area Chevy, The Alamo in San Antonio, City of Georgetown and Rudy's BBQ. He is the Director of Media for Fashion X and Producer and Videographer for the Daytripper TV show on PBS. 


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