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Filming - Essential Practical Skills

  • General tips for producing good video.
  • Shot sizes and angles.
  • Steadiness techniques (with and without tripod).
  • Basics of sound recording.
  • Basics of lighting – control of exposure.
  • Understanding and controlling ‘contrast ratio’.
  • Basics of good picture composition.
  • Pan and Tilt techniques – when and when not to use them.
  • Zoom techniques – when and when not to use them.
  • Controlling perspective.
  • Understanding depth-of-field.
  • Using depth-of-field creatively.
  • Using neutral density filters.
  • Use of polarising filters.
  • Understand shutter speeds related to video filming.
  • Using shutter speeds for creative effect.
  • Understanding white balance.
  • Experimenting with white balance for creative effect

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