STILL TO MOTION an introduction to video using your DSLR/Mi camera

Saturday, 12 June 2021 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM AEST

Level 2, 26 Ridge Street , North Sydney, NSW, 2064, Australia

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Saturday, 12 June 2021 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM AEST

The Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) National Headquarters, Level 2, North Sydney, NSW, 2064, Australia.

If you own a DSLR or Mirrorless camera, chances are it shoots stunning HD or 4K

video. And even if your aspirations don’t reach beyond capturing the odd moments of

everyday life, it’s still worth setting your camera to video mode, if only to see the impact

that including video and audio into slideshow presentations can have. You do this using

the tools you already own.

But shooting video demands a few new skills.

You will gain some of these new skills in this half day workshop. Pieter has arranged a

very special venue for this half day session.

The National Headquarters of the Australian Cinematographers Society in North

Sydney is an inspiring place. As perhaps Australia’s most successful film industry

organization, the ACS has been and still is, home to some of our country’s finest image


Focus members can see a collection of iconic cameras, some dating back to the

1930’s. Photographers have always been welcomed by the ACS since its foundation in

the 1950’s.

Pieter will also present a selection of his photographs from world locations in addition

to screening segments from his documentaries to illustrate various points during the



Half Day Course (25 people, minimum of 12 to go ahead)

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10:00am – 3:00pm with a 45min break. Lunch is not provided. However you can pre-order at one of the places over the road.


Your camera (optional)

Morning session

• Identifying the common ground in stills and video

• Explanation of the basic video menu settings

• How to manage consistent exposure from clip to clip

• Avoiding the shutter speed traps

• How to shoot great video with the tools you already own

• Moving the camera – a demo of tripod/fluid head options

Afternoon session

• Shooting short sequences to include in your slideshows

• Finding new and diverse camera angles

• How and when to pan, tilt and embrace movement

• How to vary the field-of-view to better tell your story

• Avoiding the basic shooting errors – short clips, fast panning and shaky images 

• Questions then more hands-on equipment time

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Pieter de Vries ACS is one of the leading documentary cinematographers. His films have won numerous awards, including several Emmys. Pieter has filmed in more than one hundred and eighty-five countries and territories, including the Arctic, Antarctic, the Galapagos Islands, the Russian Far East and for NASA in space. He is considered a leading expert in deep-ocean cinematography and he’s filmed at extreme depths with director James Cameron, exploring the wreck of the Titanic for the 3D IMAX feature documentary, “Ghosts of the Abyss”. He also contributes to the documentaries presented by Sir David Attenborough. Pieter is a member of the Focus group

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