Introduction to DSLR Video

An intensive overview of video production from cameras & lenses to support, movement, lighting, sound and editing.
Upcoming Workshop
Mar 24
EARLY BIRD PRICE (expires 03/17)
This is a 2-Day Workshop held at DCP on March 24-25.
Early Registration: $480 - Late Registration: $515
Participants in this workshop will attend Real World Grip on March 24 free of charge as part of their curriculum.

The acquisition of high quality video with affordable DSLR cameras along with powerful and inexpensive editing software has opened up a new world of video production. Combine that with the internet offering free distribution to a global audience at cinema quality and you have a digital golden age of motion picture story telling.

In this intensive two day workshop you’ll be introduced to the tools and techniques of DSLR video production. In the morning you’ll learn from demonstrations and an overview of cameras, lighting, sound, editing and directing approaches. You and your fellow attendees will help the instructor and her assistant produce a short video followed by a live edit session where you’ll watch and interact as the finished piece comes together. By the end of the second day you’ll be able to sit back enjoy a completed video with graphics, effects and music demonstrating the techniques covered.

The workshop starts each day promptly at 8:00am and ends at 5:00pm with a half hour lunch break. The cost of lunch is included.

Bring your camera, lens(es), battery, empty memory card(s), tripod and something to take notes with.

This workshop is for you if you want to learn how to shoot engaging, quality video with your DSLR. You should already be familiar with your camera and comfortable shooting in Aperture Priority and Manual exposure modes and have a basic understanding of ISO, f-stops, depth of field, shutter speed and motion blur. We’ll go beyond basic button and menu settings into some of the more challenging and rewarding elements of video production. Whether you’re an amateur photographer wanting to make memorable family videos or a professional still shooter looking to offer video services to your clients, you’ll come away with new knowledge, skills and an appreciation for what video can do.


  • Why DSLR video has mushroomed into an entire industry.
  • Camera basics: sensor size, frame rates, ISO noise issues, shutter roll, resolution, compression, lens choices, focus.
  • Video aesthetics and production values: complexity and cost, when to keep it simple, camera movement, basic composition, shooting to the edit, directing people, managing the eyeline in interviews, thinking in time and sequence instead of individual still shots.
  • Lighting: ambient vs what you bring with you, ISO and DOF considerations, DIY tools, light modifiers, basic lighting kits.
  • Sound: mic choices and placement, recording devices, syncing sound.
  • Editing: hardware and software considerations, when less is more, using stills and sequences, music choices.

There will be a lot of information covered, some of it with depth, other times just a look at the major ideas and choices available. We will also be offering a series of separate evening classes that will dig deeper into the different aspects of production like lighting, sound, camera movement and editing.

  • Cost per person is $480 early registration, $515 late registration.
  • Doors open at 7:45am.
  • Class starts promptly at 8:00am and ends at 5pm.
  • Classes may be held in the upstairs classroom, up one flight of stairs, no elevator access.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 14, minimum number to make a class is 8.
  • Lunch and assistant fees are included in the registration price.
  • Parking is available on the street or in the adjacent lot at Electric Light & Power.

Q: How late can I sign up for a workshop?
A: As long as the workshop doesn’t show as “sold out”, you can register and pay until 5pm the day before the workshop starts.

Q: Is lunch included in the workshop?
A: Yes, we will be bringing in lunch.

Q: Are there previous requirements for this workshop?
A: You should have a working knowledge of your camera settings including exposure modes, shutter speed, f-stop, white balance and ISO control. It’s recommended that you’ve already taken the DCP Beginner DSLR Workshop, DSLR 1 & 2 classes or equivalent training.

Q: How will I know if a workshop makes or not?
A: If a class doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than the night before the scheduled class date.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: Details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Q: Where is the workshop held?
A: At Dallas Center for Photography, 4756 Algiers, Dallas, 75207.

Rebecca Flores

Rebecca started taking pictures and movies when she was 10 years old. As a grown up, she shoots and produces documentary and commercial projects and holds a position as adjunct professor in film at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Before moving back to Texas she spent four years in Amman, Jordan, helping to build the curriculum for cinematography, editing, sound and documentary production at The Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts. While there she worked on the critically acclaimed documentary series To be a Human Being. She believes that film is truly one of the world’s most powerful tools and means of expression. Being able to share her knowledge and to learn and grow along with her students is what Rebecca sees as the greatest opportunity of her lifetime.

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