Do I need to have a high-end smartphone to attend the training?
Not necessarily – a lot of what we teach is technique that can be applied to any camera whether it is film industry standard or a smartphone camera. Most mid-range phones will have a camera suitable for shooting acceptable footage. Some of the features will vary but often it is a case of understanding the settings on your camera and how to get the best out of them.
However, with some older operating systems you may not be able to avail of the full range of features in the editing app. If you are not sure how your phone will perform then you can contact us prior to booking the course and we will see if we can answer your specific queries.
Do I need to invest in any additional equipment before the training?
We would recommend that you attend the course before spending any money on extra equipment. There is currently a lot of equipment on the market specially designed to enhance your smartphone filming and it can be very alluring. On the course we introduce you to some simple, affordable pieces of equipment which will help you get started. We advise you on what equipment will suit your own purposes and steer you away from expensive shiny new gadgets that you may not need.
I am camera shy, do I have to appear on camera during the course?
No, not necessarily, you do not have to be the subject of your own videos. In fact, we recommend, particularly when you are starting out, that you concentrate on your filming and editing skills before putting yourself under pressure to be a presenter and the star of your own show as well. When you are comfortable and confident with the equipment and filming techniques then you can start thinking about performing on camera, if it suits your purposes.
Could I learn all of this by watching free YouTube videos?
Yes, as with everything these days quite a lot of the information you need to make better videos is available free online. To access it, though, will take you time to research. In order to get all the necessary information you will need a clear idea of what it is you need to know to facilitate your search. With our courses we aim to be a one-stop shop where you can be confident that you are getting all the information you need in one place without having to spend hours surfing the net and getting sucked down distracting rabbit holes. We are experienced educators and video producers and have developed our training over the past four years by working with clients from across a range of sectors with a variety needs.
During our live training courses we are on hand to answer questions specific to your video requirements. Plus learning in a group can be a lot of fun! When we return to the classroom post-pandemic you will have the opportunuty to practise using our equipment so you can make an informed decision before you invest.