Demystifying Video: 5 part Workshop



If you’ve attempted to film your own videos then you’ve also experienced the challenges of making your videos interesting, engaging and fun to watch. In this 5 part intensive workshop we will break down each aspect of shooting video:

  1. Understanding your gear
  2. Proper lighting
  3. Capturing pleasing audio
  4. Creating movement to increase interest
  5. Post production

Module #1: Understanding your Gear: Cameras & Lenses

Module #1 will explore building a proper exposure when shooting video. We will look at quality video,understanding video file types, what lenses will produce the effects you're looking for in your video production. We will also tackle how we record our video and how we build proper exposure while shooting.

What you’ll learn:

  • Manual Exposure in video production
  • Graduated Neutral Density Filters and why we use them
  • Clicked and De-Clicked apertures
  • Adjusting exposure while shooting, especially during a tricky shot
  • Video file types, codecs, and 4K video
  • Using external recorders and why we use them
  • The limitations of shutter angle, and shutter speed
  • Matching shutter speed and frame rate
  • Deciding the file type to shoot versus the file type to deliver

Date, Time & Location:

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 4:00PM-6:00PM

Module #2: Movement and Focus Control 

Video production is all about the action of what's happening on screen. How do you follow focus and keep a subject sharp? How do you move with a subject and not create bouncy, unwatchable video? In other words, how do you shoot video and compensate for focus and movement especially when both the camera and the subject might be in motion? In this class, we will find out.

What you’ll learn

  • Following focus of a moving subject with a moving camera
  • Subject tracking autofocus features and manual focus options
  • Racking focus and focus pulls
  • Manual Focus with focus peaking
  • Deciding the degree of camera motion
  • Using gimbals for moving shots
  • When to use tripods and sliders

Date, Time & Location

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 4:00PM-6:00PM

Module #3: Recording Audio

The most important part of creating a watchable video is the quality of the audio. We will explore recording quality audio of individuals or groups, in a controlled environment or while shooting an event on location. Audio decisions drive many of our production needs and subsequent decisions. Making these decisions intelligently allows the rest of your video production to go much more smoothly. All it takes is a little knowledge about the gear we use and the way we use it. Audio Quality if critical to whether your movie is watchable,a poor quality video with great sound can be watched, but have you ever tried to watch a Great movie with terrible sound?

What you’ll learn

  • Understand audio patterns
  • The benefits of pre-amped microphones
  • Why we use different microphones for different occasions and shots
  • Cable connectivity with microphones
  • Audio recorders, when and how they're useful
  • Different mechanisms of wireless connectivity
  • Mixing audio of individuals versus groups

Date, Time & Location

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 4:00PM-6:00 PM

Module #4: Lighting

The part of video production that intimidates new shooters the most is lighting the subject or set.Lighting changes the mood and how watchable your video is. We will explore how to do it well. A little planning on how to light your video will make your production go much more smoothly. 

What you’ll learn

  • Lighting an individual or a room
  • Controlling shadows on a subject's face
  • Working with (and incorporating) ambient light, including windows, into your frame
  • Understanding brightness and color temperature
  • What is CRI or the color retention index?
  • Light contrast and specularity control

Date, Time & Location

Saturday, April 20, 2019, 4:00PM-6:00 PM

Module #5: Post Production

You've got your raw footage and audio. Now what? How do you cut it together? How do you adjust audio levels? Using Apple's Final Cut Pro editing software,you’ll create a finished video. We will be using Final Cut Pro X to create a final video product, either for the web or for larger screens. In two hours we will walk through the essentials of video editing. While this workshop is the last in a five part video series, it’s a good session that can be taken by itself for students who want to learn the essentials of video editing.

What you’ll learn

  • Importing footage
  • Final deliverable quality decisions
  • Matching video frame rate with project frame rate
  • Audio editing for loudness and vocal quality
  • Cutting together footage
  • Titles and subtitles
  • Making editing notes and compound clips

Date, Time & Location

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 4:00PM-6:00 PM


$395.00, plus Eventbrite online processing fee

You are welcome to pay in store to avoid the Eventbrite fee.

This five part workshop is only $395, plus, we encourage that students learn with a friend of partner, and as such, registering for the second student is only $300, for a total purchase of $695; savings of $95 when two students register together.

If you are not able to take all 5 modules but would like to register for an individual module, please call our instructor, Joe at the Park Meadows store (303-708-9655) and we will gladly accommodate if available. Individual modules are $99 each.

Registration, Dates, Times & Locations

Mike's Camera Park Meadows:

If you missed the first module or would like to take any of the seperate modules call our instructor, Joe at the Park Meadows store. (303-708-9655)

Module 1: Saturday March 9, 4-6pm

Module 2: Saturday March 23, 4-6pm

Module 3: Saturday April 6, 4-6pm

Module 4: Saturday April 20, 4-6pm

Module 5: Saturday May 4, 4-6pm


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