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Cinematography Masterclass: Start Shooting Better Video Now

Shoot better video by learning the video production techniques used by Hollywood filmmakers. And get paid to do it!

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This online Cinematography Course will teach you how to shoot beautiful videos with any camera. This course is designed to teach you the ins and outs of professional cinematography - the art of making motion pictures. While there are plenty of video courses, it's hard to find a comprehensive course that teaches you everything you'd want to know about shooting video. This is the course for you, taught by a professional Hollywood cinematographer. Learn the basics of getting great shots with any camera Use the manual settings on your camera to expose your shot properly Learn how to use camera movement to get more impressive shots Light your video sets with traditional filmmaking techniques and lighting setups Become a professional director of photography (cinematographer) with tips on how to find work in the video/film industry Make money shooting videos Improve Your Video Creation with This Complete Course Regardless of the type of camera you are using - DSLR, Professional Cinema Camera, GoPro, iPhone, or Film - you can shoot beautiful video. Learn professional techniques that Hollywood filmmakers are using to capture powerful images. If you want to learn how to shoot great videos and making money doing what you love, this is the course for you. This course dives right into shooting better video with 5 tips for better cinematography. You'll learn the basics of cinematography including choosing the right camera, ISO, frame rate, shutter speed, f-stop/aperture, and lens options. Learn how to expose your videos properly, including learning the different styles of exposure styles of commercial, TV, and narrative filmmaking. Learn how camera movement with tripods, handheld, dollys, steadicam systems, and drones can help you take beautiful shots. Learn how to light your video shots with different styles and lighting kits. Learn how to work with the producer, director, camera team, grip and electric team, and other departments on a film set. Learn how to find work as a cinematographer / videographer. Learn how to network, negotiate a good rate, and get jobs. Start shooting better videos today! Enroll today, and we'll see you in the course.
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Curriculum

  • Getting Started
    Top 5 Tips for Better Cinematography
    Let's dive right into learning to be a better cinematographer - how to shoot better video. This video tutorial shows you the top five tips for better cinematography. Right off the bat, you'll learn some very crucial tips to shooting better videos.
    1:47
    What is a Cinematographer (Director of Photography)?
    In this cinematography tutorial, let's cover the basics of what a cinematographer (also known as a director of photography) is and does.
    1:06
    Why Should You Become a Cinematographer?
    The philosophy of a cinematographer is a great one. This is what Will shares with you in this cinematography course lesson.
    1:51
  • The Camera - Understanding The Basics
    Intro to Section
    Welcome to a new section on understanding the basics of the camera. Phil will introduce what you'll be learning in this section.
    0:31
    Choosing a Camera: Digital vs. Film
    In this video, Will covers the basics of choosing a camera in terms of film versus digital. While most people will be using digital cameras, it is important to understand the history of film because so much of what we do with digital cameras comes from how we used film cameras.
    3:02
    Choosing a Digital Camera: DSLR vs. Cinema Camera
    In this cinematography tutorial, we talk about the difference between DSLR, cinema, and mirrorless cameras. While DSLR cameras like the Canon 5D, Canon 7D, Nikon D800, and others changed the game in terms of taking digital video quality to the next level, now cameras made by Arri, RED, and Sony show the full capabilities of digital cinematography. The new kid on the block is the mirrorless camera like the Sony A7S, which makes shooting in low light possible unlike before.
    3:25
    What is Video Resolution?
    This cinematography tutorial, we cover video resolution. As cameras get more and more powerful, the resolution of video gets better and better. But better resolution comes with more data and isn't always necessary. After watching this video, you'll know what resolution to choose and why.
    5:14
    What is Frame Rate?
    In this cinematography tutorial, we talk about frame rate in the film and digital age. Understanding frame rate will help you get the cinematic quality you want or shoot for slow motion.
    5:38
    Choosing a Lens
    The lens is a very important part of your camera. Using a camera that allows interchangeable lenses like DSLR, cinema, and mirrorless cameras, gives you high quality cinematography with whatever camera you are using. Do you want a prime or a zoom? How does a lens speed affect depth of field? this is all covered in this video.
    6:09
    Memory Cards
    Since most of us don't shoot on film anymore, we need something to record the digital data that our camera reads. We use memory cards to do this. Memory card type - like SD and CF - and speed is important. We'll cover these topics in this video.
    2:33
    What is Latitude?
    Throughout this course, we use the term latitude frequently. We'll explain what this means in this video.
    1:14
    Exercise - Put Together Your Camera Kit
    Welcome to a new exercise lesson. We ask you to take action, which will help you learn. In this exercise, we ask you to put together your camera kit. It doesn't have to be expensive. It just has to be available for you to use for future challenges.
    1:53
    Bonus Lesson - In Depth Camera Overview with Caleb
    In this bonus lecture, Will goes over a typical cinema digital camera (the Sony FS7) with our friend Caleb who will be using it on a documentary/commercial shoot in Italy. Will goes over the main functions of the camera including all of the manual buttons Caleb will need to know. Now, we know this is a specific camera that most of you will not be using. But we thought it would be interesting for you to see an in depth camera overview. Most of the functions and buttons on this camera will appear on your camera in some shape or form. So try to understand the concepts behind the buttons, rather than just focusing on where the buttons are and if your camera is exactly the same or not. Hope you enjoy!
    9:46
  • Getting the Right Exposure
    Intro to Section
    Welcome to a new section on how to expose better video shot manually with any camera. Phil will introduce what you'll be learning in this section.
    1:02
    How Does Exposure Work?
    This cinematography tutorial covers the basics of exposure. Exposing your footage properly is one of the very first and most important things you'll need to do. So this is a hugely important lesson and section to understand.
    1:02
    How Does Frame Rate Affect Exposure?
    This cinematography tutorial we continue understanding exposure by learning how choosing a frame rate affects exposure.
    1:13
    What is ISO?
    In this cinematography tutorial, we learn what ISO is and how it affects your exposure.
    6:58
    What is shutter speed?
    In this cinematography tutorial, we learn what shutter speed is and how it affects exposure.
    5:53
    What is Aperture (aka F-Stop)?
    In this cinematography tutorial, we learn what the aperture is (also known as f-stop and iris), and how this affects exposure.
    3:58
    Aperture Chart
    Here is a downloadable guide to aperture sizes.
    Using Neutral Density (ND) Filters to Cut Down Light
    In this cinematography tutorial, we learn about neutral density (ND) filters, and how you can use them to properly expose in bright situations.
    3:42
    Reading Exposure with Your Camera: Understanding the Histogram and Light Meters
    Now you know what ISO, shutter speed, and aperture are, we need to understand how to use your camera to adjust the exposure. In this video, we'll talk about using the waveform and exposure meters.
    4:27
    Putting It All Together: How to Exposure Properly
    When you walk onto a set (or anywhere you film), how do you go about adjusting exposure. Here is how!
    2:39
    Shooting with Color Profiles and LUTs
    In this cinematography tutorial, we learn about shooting with color profiles and LUTs - look up tables.
    1:12
    Shooting in RAW Mode for Best Color Correction
    In this cinematography tutorial, we talk about shooting RAW video for better color correction.
    1:26
    Exercise - Practice Shooting in Two Lighting Scenarios
    Welcome to a new exercise lesson. We ask you to take action, and practice shooting video in two different situations.
    1:40
  • Composition - Shoot Better Looking Video
    Intro to Section
    Welcome to a new section on how to compose a better video shot. Phil will introduce what you'll be learning in this section.
    0:35
    What is Composition?
    In this cinematography tutorial, Will teaches you about what composition is. Composition is another key skill for all video creators to have. Let's first learn what composition is.
    1:31
    Types of Shots You Need to Know
    In this cinematography tutorial, we show you the different types of shots you can get. It is important to understand the differences, so that you can fully cover a scene with enough footage - whether you are shooting a documentary, wedding, commercial, or narrative.
    4:28
    Getting Great Rack Focuses
    In this cinematography tutorial, you'll learn how to get better rack focuses.
    2:34
    Composing Better Shots for Narrative and Commercial Video
    In this cinematography tutorial, Will gives advice on how to get better shots for narrative and commercial videos.
    2:29
    Composing Better Shots for Documentaries
    In this cinematography tutorial, Will gives advice on how to get better shots for documentary and event videos.
    2:36
    Bonus Lesson - Tips for Shooting with Caleb
    Here's a little bonus lesson that we shot with a good friend Caleb, a professional film producer who is learning how to be a cinematographer himself. In this video, we get to see Caleb ask Will about a project that he will be working on in the near future.
    4:34
  • Adding Movement to Your Shots
    Intro to Section
    Welcome to a new section on how to add movement to your video shots. Phil will introduce what you'll be learning in this section.
    1:30
    Why Should You Add Movement to Your Shots?
    Taking your cinematography skills to the next level includes adding movement to your shots. In this video, Will will share the reasons why this will improve your videos.
    1:39
    Using a Tripod for Better Video
    In this video lesson, see some great examples of tripod shots to learn how to get better shots with your tripod.
    2:50
    Better Handheld Shooting
    In this video lesson, see some great examples of handheld shots, and learn how to get better shots of your own.
    1:42
    Using a Dolly for Better Video
    In this video lesson, see some great examples of dolly shots and how to shoot your own.
    2:43
    Stabilizing Your Shots with a Steadicam System Like the Movi
    In this video lesson, see some great examples of steadicam shots. Systems like the Movi help add high-production value at a cheaper rate.
    2:54
    Shooting with a Jib
    In this video lesson, see some great examples of jib shots, which will make your cinematography top-notch.
    1:32
    Shooting with a Drone
    In this video, we'll cover how we use drones as a cinematographer to really boost the quality of your video.
    2:25
    Exercise - Practice Your Camera Moves
    Welcome to a new exercise lesson. We ask you to take action, practice shooting video with a tripod.
    1:05
  • Video Lights - The Hardware
    Intro to Section
    Welcome to a new section on how video lighting. Phil will introduce what you'll be learning in this section.
    0:56
    What is Lighting?
    Lighting is an important part of cinematography. This video shows you why lighting can truly affect your videos.
    2:24
    Understanding Color Temperature
    In this cinematography tutorial, we learn about the different types of lights out there in terms of lighting temperatures.
    3:35
    Light Color Temperature Chart
    Here's a downloadable light temperature chart, so that you can reference what types of lights you are using.
    Setting White Balance on Your Camera
    In this cinematography tutorial, we learn how to set white balance manually and automatically with any camera.
    1:32
    White Balance Symbol Chart
    Here's a downloadable white balance symbol chart.
    Powering Your Lights
    In this cinematography tutorial, we talk about how to power your lights. Wattage, amps, volts - this is all important to understand for cinematographers working on a film set.
    2:21
    Light Stands 101
    In this cinematography tutorial, we look at different types of stands for lights.
    1:26
    Lighting Safety: How to Handle Lights
    In this cinematography tutorial, we talk about how to handle lights safely.
    1:43
  • Video Lighting Techniques and Tips
    Intro to Section
    Welcome to a new section on video lighting. Phil will introduce what you'll be learning in this section.
    0:53
    Why Do We Light?
    Now that you've learned about the different types of lights, it's important to learn about why we light.
    1:31
    Lighting Demonstration - What can lighting say?
    In this cinematography tutorial, we give you a lighting demonstration that shows you how by just changing the lighting setup of your scene, you can dramatically change the mood of your video. We show you basic three-point lighting for an interview scenario, warm lighting for a commercial or romantic comedy scene, and a darker lighting set up for a scary tension-filled scene.
    8:31
    How to Set Up 3-Point Lighting
    Here's a downloadable guide to help you remember how to shoot with the 3-point lighting style.
    Making Eyes Pop with Lighting
    In this cinematography tutorial, we cover a quick trick to make interviews and any shot of a person look better.
    0:34
    Tips for Shooting with Natural Light
    In this cinematography tutorial, Will gives you his top tips for shooting outdoors with natural light.
    2:20
    Exercise - Set Up Three Point Lighting
    Welcome to a new exercise lesson. We ask you to take action, practice setting up a 3-point lighting setup.
    1:17
  • How to Make Money as a Cinematographer/Videographer
    Intro to Section
    Welcome to a new section on how to make money as a cinematographer. Phil will introduce what you'll be learning in this section.
    1:00
    The Top Ways to Find Cinematography Work
    In this cinematography tutorial, Will Carnahan dives into the top ways that he finds work. These are exact ways that he is doing today to be a successful filmmaker, so listen up and take action!
    2:25
    How to Negotiate Your Rate
    In this cinematography tutorial, we give you advice on how to negotiate a rate. Choosing a rate, especially when starting out as a videographer or cinematographer can be really tough. So use these tips to get started!
    2:50
    How to Get Paid with an Invoice
    This cinematography tutorial shows you how to get paid with an invoice. We've also included a sample invoice that you can use as a template when starting out.
    1:52
    Understanding Taxes as a Freelancer
    This cinematography tutorial, we talk about taxes - and how important it is to save for taxes as a freelancer.
    1:20
  • Being On Set
    Guide to Being on Set
    This cinematography tutorial, Will talks about what it is like to be on set. What will you be doing? Who will you interact with?
    2:28
    Lights, Camera, Action! Order of Occurrences on Set
    This cinematography tutorial explains the order of things that happens on set from walking on to rolling camera.
    1:42
    Set Etiquette: How to Act on Set
    This cinematography tutorial gives you tips on how to act on set.
    1:40
  • Taking It to the Next Level
    Creating an Amazing Website and Reel
    It is so important to have your own website and reel to get work. Will and Phil have found the most success by constantly creating videos and posting them online to share with the world. When someone is thinking about hiring you, they should ask for your website and/or video reel. So please take the time to create a beautiful website and reel of your own.
    1:46
    Going to Film Festivals
    This cinematography tutorial, we talk about why networking is key. And speaking of networking, going to film festivals is a big part of networking as a cinematographer because that is where you will find directors and producers to work with.
    0:57
    Doing Work for Free
    Working for free might be the best way to kickstart your cinematography/videography career. But there are a few things to keep in mind if you do so. Learn more in this tutorial.
    1:23
  • Course Wrap-Up
    Thank You for Taking This Course!
    We appreciate you taking this course, and want to give you due recognition for following through!
    0:48

Skills

  • Cinematography
  • Filmmaking
  • Videography

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