I was able to to go through one of the BBC’s excellent tutorial/training courses online, the “Guide to Good Shooting.” I recommend the course because it provides interactive exercises to help you figure out some of the specifics of setting up good video shots and provides diagrams to help explain some of theories behind lighting and composition.
- Like with everything else I’ve read so far, the emphasis is on planning, on knowing what you’re getting into before you start filming or recording.
- The course emphasizes the importance of having a checklist and getting all the shots you came for — but it also advises that you keep an open mind and adapt your plan when you notice the story changing.
- The course goes through tutorials on focusing, composing shots, capturing movement, setting up interviews, adjusting white balance and lighting.
Originally published on another of my blogs on May 1, 2009