Course: Videographer's Boot Camp™-Basic Training

Videographer's Boot Camp™-Basic Training

  • Life Time Access
  • Certificate on Completion
  • Access on Android and iOS App
  • Self-Paced
About this Course

This course is FOR the newbie who wants to make a career as a videographer. This course is NOT for intermediate and advanced students (although intermediate students will find useful information throughout the series.) Also, this series is about how to shoot professional video. We are not covering editing.

Do you love creating video? Do you want to learn what it takes to make a career as a videographer?

While technology changes, the basics of visual storytelling stay the same. Those basics include effective camera operation, creative lighting & clean audio recording. You'll learn all of that with this course. Believe it or not, many people already earning a living as videographers don't have these basics mastered so you can gain an advantage by learning what I teach you. After you have the knowledge and practice your craft, you can work as a freelance camera operator, works at a news station or a production company. You can even start your own production company!

NOTE: Since many jobs in the video industry are "run and gun"/ENG (Electronic News Gathering) we will be teaching camcorder type cameras with servo zoom lenses and NOT be discussing DSLR cameras with fixed focal length prime lenses. Also, we will not be teaching stabilizing devices, sliders, jibs, or drones.

Basic knowledge
  • You do not need any basic knowledge to take this course only a desire to to create compelling video!
What you will learn

Learn all the basics of professional videography equipment selection, how to shoot, lighting, recording professional audio, tips they don't teach you in school, and how to be a professional.

  • Learn what features you'll need in the equipment you buy or that you will encounter when working for a production company or news station
  • Learn all the basics of what to shoot & how to shoot to effectively tell a story
  • Become an artist by learning the effective use of lighting
  • Learn how to record clean, professional audio
  • Discover the tips & tricks of the trade that will make your professional life easier & help you overcome obstacles
  • Learn how to act like a professional and keep getting gigs
Number of Lectures: 11
Total Duration: 02:39:10
Equipment Selection-Codecs & Cameras
  • Part 1-Equipment, Chapter 1  

    The array of equipment on the market today can be confusing. I tell you what features you need to look for when selecting equipment and why.

    Codecs & Bitrates explained

    Camera Features:

    • Zebra for proper exposure
    • Iris & F-Stop (Manual vs Auto)
    • Neutral Density Filters
    • Shutter Speed
    • White Balance (Color Temperature explained)
    • Focus (Manual vs Auto)
    • Focus Enhance
    • Zoom: Servo & Manual
    • SDI/HDMI Output (recording uncompressed video)
    • Formats
  • Part 1-Equipment, Chapter 2-Equipment: Camera, Tripod, Audio, Lighting  

    Continuing the equipment selection audio, tripod, audio, portable lighting

    Your Camera's Audio Features

    • XLR Inputs
    • Line/Mic switch
    • Trim (gain)
    • Auto Level vs Manual Level
    • Phantom Power
    • Wind Filter
    • Necessary Camera Features Summary


    • Fluid Head
    • Pan & Tilt tension adjustment
    • Pan & Tilt locks
    • Bubble Balance
    • Ball Level adjustment
    • Spreader


    • Be Quiet!
    • Microphones
    • Shotgun
    • Lavalier
    • Hand Mic
    • Wireless Audio

    Extra batteries, windscreens, clips


    • On-Camera Light
    • Reflector

    Battery Chargers, power strips, extensions, adapter

Part 2-Shooting Video
  • Part 2-Shooting Video, Chapter 1: Setting up camera, white balance, zebra, more  

    We learn everything from setting up your camera, how to correctly operate it, and discuss types of shots and camera moves.

    • Setting Up Tripod & Camera
    • How to White Balance
    • Iris/100% Video/Using Zebra
    • How to Focus
    • Types of Shots
    • Types of Camera Moves
    • Dolly vs Zoom
    • Handheld Boom Shot
    • Video “Handles”
    • Rack Focus
    • Camera Placement
    • Shooting Handheld
    • Telling a Story
    • Trick for Limiting Depth of Field
  • Part 2-Shooting Video, Chapter 2: Shooting Interviews & B-Roll  

    You'll learn how to shoot interviews outdoors with both lighting and audio issues. You'll also learn how to frame your subject and the different types of "B-Roll" you'll need to shoot to support your story. Finally, I'll shoot a story with both interviews and B-Roll and you'll learn how everything we've learned up to now comes together.

    Shooting Interviews Outdoors

    • Bright Sun
    • Shade
    • Check Your Background
    • Audio Considerations

    Framing & Headroom

    Wide Angle Adapter


    Putting It All Together: Shooting a Story

Part 3-Lighting
  • Part 3-Lighting, Chapter 1: Color temperature, outdoor vs indoor lighting  

    Light is the videographer's paint. You'll learn about the color temperatures of different light sources and how to manipulate the temperature to your advantage. Reflectors are indispensable and you'll see how to use one outdoors as well as indoors. Finally, we'll discuss different ways to control light to unleash your creativity.

    Color Temperature

    • Daylight
    • Indoors




    Outdoor Lighting

    • Reflector Techniques
    • Diffusion Technique

    Indoor Lighting

    • On-Camera Light
    • Ways to Light a Scene
    • Reflector Indoors

    Controlling Light

    • Barn Doors
    • Flags
    • Snoots
    • Gel
    • Dimmers

    Mounting Solutions

    Black Foil

  • Part 3-Lighting, Chapter 2: Lighting for Interviews, Lighting for Greenscreen  

    You will learn how to calculate amps to avoid blowing electrical circuits. It's easy and there's no Common Core involved. I'll teach you different ways to light an interview...from a down 'n dirty 2-light set-up if you're in a big hurry and then we'll add a third light and then a fourth light if you have more time and want to get more creative. I'll also demonstrate lighting for greenscreen.

    • Electrical Extensions
    • Electrical Circuits: How to Calculate Amps
    • Spare Bulbs
    • Lighting an Interview w/2, 3, & 4 Lights
    • Lighting for Greenscreen
    • Light Meters
    • Cheap-o Low-Budget Greenscreen Lights
Part 4-Audio
  • Part 4-Audio, Chapter 1: NAT sound, microphones, wireless audio  

    The audio basics....We discuss what type of audio to record on separate channels of your camera. You'll learn about different types of microphones and wireless audio. You'll learn proper placement of lavalier mics and make sure your talent is using a hand mic properly.

    • Digital Audio Considerations
    • NAT Sound & Main Audio Tracks
    • Shotgun, Hand, & Lavalier Mics
    • Wireless Audio
    • Lavalier Mic Placement
    • Fabric Tape Tip
    • Hand Mic Position
  • Part 4-Audio, Chapter 2: Audio Settings, Correct Levels, Wireless Settings  

    I'll show you why, like video, audio is better when set to manual settings than automatic. We'll look at all the audio settings on the camera and in the camera's menu. You'll learn what level to record audio. I'll also teach you to be aware of audio problems to pay attention to.

    • Main Audio: Manual vs Auto
    • Audio Settings on the Camera
    • Audio Settings in the Camera's Menu
    • Correct Audio Level
    • Wireless Mic Settings
    • Noise: Environmental & Electrical
    • Windscreens
    • Audio Cables & Electrical Cables
    • Summary
Part 5-Tips
  • Part 5-Tips, Part 1: Three Things, What's In the Bag?, Field Expedient Dollies  

    Chapter 1 of various things I have learned through my own experience over the years. Hopefully, these tips will make your life easier and your production days more productive.

    3 Things You Need to Have on You Always

    1. How to Clean a Lens?
    2. What's in the Bag?
    3. What to Carry in Your Kit?
    • Doormats & Step Ladders
    • Lighting: Stands & Cold Shoes
    • Reflectors Indoors
    • Field Expedient Reflector
    • How to do an Extreme Slow Zoom
    • Shooting from the Ground
    • Shooting from Field Expedient Support
    • Field Expedient Dollies
    • Handheld Tips
  • Part 5-Tips, Chapter 2: Working with Talent, Wrapping, Moving Gear  

    Chapter 2 focuses on helpful tips for working with talent (the people who are on-camera...actors, reporters, interviewees, spokespersons, etc.) You'll also learn the right way to wrap cable (Yes there's a right way and a wrong way) so your shoot stays organized and on-schedule. There's an interesting tip on making your own windscreen if you get into a jam. What's the easiest way to move all your gear from Point "A" to Point "B"? I'll show you a couple of ways. And finally, I'll fill you in on making sure your camera is "environmentally sound". Watch the segment to find out what I'm talking about which has ruined many a shooting that you know it'll never happen to you.

    • Talent Tips
    • Cue Card Secrets
    • Sitting Position
    • Time Code
    • Wrapping Cable
    • Field Expedient Windscreen
    • How to Move All Your Stuff
    • Environmental Concerns
Part 6-Best Practices: How to Act Like a Pro and Make a Career
  • Part 6-Best Practices: Being Professional  

    An insider's guide on making a career of videography. This is all about doing well and getting your next gig and building your reputation. You'll learn how to act professionally, how to stay organized, delivery of media, and how to get paid. I also struggled with this next one on whether to put it in this section or in the "Tips" section but you'll also learn why you shouldn't lend out your gear (Nice guys and gals finish last.) Probably the most important part of the series is my advice on "Valuing Yourself." Now get out there and practice your craft!!!

    Traits of a Good Professional (Talent is NOT #1)

    • Organization
    • Deliverables
    • Getting Paid
    • Don't Lend Out Your Gear!
    • Valuing Yourself
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