Introduction to Videography for Still Photographers
Instructor: Kate Way
6:30-9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Thursdays beginning February 17, 2022
Prerequisite: At least intermediate experience with the use of digital still camera equipment. Experience with video not required.
Course fee: $650
Limited to eleven students
This course will cover the fundamentals of using a DSLR or mirrorless camera for video. Participants should have an understanding of camera controls used in still photography (shutter speed, aperture, ISO), and should have access to a DSLR or mirrorless camera for the course.
We will cover topics relating to both technical and creative aspects of video-making, including: camera settings, camera motion and stabilization, scene coverage and shot types, lighting, and capturing quality sound. We will focus on visual storytelling through the medium of video -- planning and storyboarding, shot selection, creating a narrative arc, and editing for meaning. Special emphasis will be placed on the different considerations related to video when coming from a background in still photography. While this is not a class on editing, we will learn the fundamentals of importing, working on a timeline, and adjusting video, stills, and sound. Students will produce a short video from beginning to end as part of the class.
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Kate Way is a photographer, filmmaker, and long-time educator. She has taught courses in education, media studies, photography, and video production in high schools and universities for over twenty-five years. In addition to her long background in still photography, Kate has experience in all aspects of video-making, and has produced three documentary films in the past seven years. Her film G is for Gun, about K-12 schools arming teachers as a security measure, was nationally broadcast on the WORLD Channel in 2018, and she is currently completing a feature-length documentary about immigration. Kate has taught Educational Video Production at Umass Amherst, and Video and Visual Storytelling at Bard Microcollege Holyoke. She is the director of the Social Documentary Network’s Visual Literacy Project, a new initiative bringing documentary arts programming to secondary students and educators in underserved communities.
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