Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor


What is 4K? How can you get great wildlife footage from a DSLR? What does broadcast quality mean? How can you get amazing aerial shots on a budget? What do you need to take slow motion video?

Whether you are hoping for a career as a professional wildlife camera operator or want to film wildlife as a fascinating hobby, this course will arm you with the knowledge and techniques to create stunning shots and sequences. As camera technology advances apace it can be difficult to know what equipment to use (and then how to use it!), with a high tutor to student ratio, this course is unique in content and value for money.


The weekend introduces the latest technology and camera systems for those who may upgrade their equipment in the future or have yet to buy a camcorder. The knowledge gained will help you choose and use the right gear for your purposes and will save you wasting money on unnecessary or inappropriate technology. The Creative Camerawork element will help you improve your techniques under expert instruction.


The course starts with a discussion about the latest camera technology and is then split into hands-on workshops exploring various aspects of camera use in wildlife film-making, including: wide angle, telephoto, macro, scopes, slow motion, time lapse, 3D, aerial solutions and creative techniques. It is taught by wildlife film-maker Mike Linley, Piers Warren – Principal of Wildeye, independent wildlife filmmaker Adrian Cale, Simon Beer – a video camera specialist from Production Gear Ltd.and high speed camera specialist Jonathan Jones.

The location is Whitwell Hall Country Centre in the centre of Norfolk, UK. Accommodation is shared rooms (or there are nearby bed and breakfasts/hotels if you prefer), and there will be excellent home-cooked food.


Friday: Aim to arrive by 6pm if possible

7pm – evening meal served (no problem if you arrive later)
8.30pm – introductory chat – who we are, who you are, and what we will be doing this weekend.
10pm – time to relax, chat with new friends, and watch wildlife films in the viewing lounge.


8am – breakfast
9am – introduction to the different types of formats and cameras suitable for wildlife filming
11am – tea break.
11.30am – Workshop 1: Macro – using special macro lenses you can get huge close-ups without having to get too close to the subject. This is also an opportunity to practise using sets and lighting techniques with some of our photogenic subjects such as leopard geckos, giant spiny stick insects, chameleons and more.
1pm – lunch
2pm – back to basics – a run through all the controls and functions of modern camcorders including a guide to photographic techniques such as white balance, exposure etc.
2.30pm – Workshop 2: New Technology – Immerse yourself in the very latest innovations changing the face of wildlife filmmaking, including hands on experiences with RED 4K cameras, Video DSLRS and learn how to use prime and zoom lenses to get the most from them.  Shoot and process 3D with compact GoPro cameras.
4pm – tea break
4.30pm – support systems (tripods, clamps, beanbags etc) and fieldcraft accessories
5pm – 
Workshop 3: Time Lapse and Scopes – using DSLRs to create amazing time lapse sequences. Plus the use of digital video microscopes.


8am – breakfast
9am – choosing the right equipment for the right situation – examples from recent productions
9.30am – Workshop 4: Slow motion – the use of high speed cameras for slow motion effects.
11am – tea break.
11.30am – Workshop 5: Creative Camerawork – composing shots, perfecting pans, shooting for sequences – practising techniques that will improve your footage immensely.
1pm – lunch
2pm – Workshop 6: Aerials – get hands on experience of aerial filmmaking with lightweight small unmanned aircraft – we are the only wildlife filmmaking course taking you to new heights!
3.30pm – Viewing favourite sequences from the weekend.
4pm – course ends

If you would like to book a fantastic weekend why not follow this link…


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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