Video Camera Basics

Characteristics Of This Class:

This exciting workshop will help you get the most out of your video camera. Shoot like a pro for company videos, event documentation, family memories, YouTube shorts, and more!

We'll start with an overview of video camera controls, emphasizing manual controls for focusing, exposure, and white balance. You'll get an introduction to composition, and learn about different shots (wide, medium, close, cut-aways, etc.) so that you leave with stronger video shooting skills.

This workshop will cover:

  • Camera controls and basic operations
  • Basic shooting techniques
  • Manual vs. automatic settings
  • Composition and getting good coverage for editing
  • Tips on getting good audio

BDA will provide cameras for this class, but if you have your own, please bring it and its manual.

Who Should Take This:

Hobbyists, amateurs, and aspiring professionals who don't have much experience with a camera yet but really want to create better videos, whether with a consumer or professional camera.

Ethan Benninger

Ethan Benninger

Energetic and passionate about all things video, Ethan Benninger works by day as an editor for People Productions in Boulder. He has worked with both national and international clients such as ABC Family, GE, The American Red Cross, Papa John's Pizza and The Food Network. Ethan's projects include documentaries, TV spots, and everything in between. In addition to being an Apple Certified Pro on multiple applications within Final Cut Studio, he is also an Apple Certified Final Cut Pro Trainer, and teaches at the Art Institute of Colorado in downtown Denver.

I enjoyed the class, the instructor was very friendly and knowledgable.

Ryan, 5/29/2014

A very economical class for what it offers. An absolutely valuable class!

Ray, 5/29/2014

A very good class with a teacher who opened the door to lighting both in science and art. The presentation of the cameras of today and a close up view of all the buttons and their jobs was great. And an opening of the door to the understanding of the connection between the F-Stops, the Shutter Speeds and other aspects that balance out your picture together is now a great asset.

Sam, 2/19/2014

Very informative! Learned a lot...

Judy Yovin, 5/2/2013

Excellent resource. Keep up the great work.

Victoria, 5/2/2013

Enjoyed instructor very much.

gregg, 5/2/2013

Enjoyed instructor. Interesting, welcoming.

Jim, 5/2/2013

Great info...

Blaine, 5/2/2013

Great coverage of all basics.

M. D., 1/10/2013

The class went over many lighting tips and Iris and lens usage. Instructor Ethan Benninger's easygoing attitude helped in getting the most info out of the class.

Joshua, 9/6/2012

Instructor Ethan Benninger was very personable, interesting, open ... and explains well with good visual aids. Overall, a very enjoyable and interesting class.

Athena, 9/5/2012

A great intro to DV production work...[instructor] was very knowledgeable and interactive.

Rebecca M., 2/7/2012

Great content & handouts...[instructor was] very knowledgeable, pleasant

Cheryl, 7/12/2011

Nice tips throughout. Ethan is very personable, knowledgeable, and had great info and examples during the class.

Gabriel, 11/1/2010

The class was very good in presenting the basics, it's a good starting point for the novice filmmaker.

Paulette, 7/21/2010

A great basic class with lots of great tips.

Vincent, 2/2/2010

I learned how to solve every shooting problem I've had - fix it w/manual adjustments!

Michael, 10/14/2009

Wow. Just what I needed. I'll be back!

Kris, 10/14/2009

As a relative beginner, this class was invaluable. Basic concepts were explained very clearly. [Bruce is] an expert and a good teacher, not always qualities present in one person!

Dara, 8/20/2009

Thanks again to Bruce for sharing over twenty years of experience in such a precise, usable, broad and interesting way. All of the workshops I have taken from BDA were the same mix of theory, complimented with very, very usable information all the way down to make and model of optimal technology choices. When Bruce shared part of his sailing video it sparked a fundamental need and vacancy in my own evolution. The daunting task of how to approach what seems like the center of a good story, how to organize, research and write both script and screen versions for use in a film of some type. I am signed up for the Script workshop but there is so much that has to happen between idea and Script. Thanks again!, Sam Jones

Sam, 3/1/2008

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We want to make our training as accessible as possible so we offer a simple payment plan for our . Each of the 4 payments is 25% of the total registration fee with no finance charges or other costs. The first payment will be taken when you register and the remaining 3 payments are paid every month for the following 3 months (detailed payment information in the table below). It's easy to take advantage of this option and we encourage you to sign up early since these programs often fill up fast! If you're interested, don't register online. Instead, please contact BDA staff at 303-800-4647 or email us with the name and start date of the class you wish to attend ( and we'll get you setup, take your first payment, and confirm your registration.


Payment Program Details

  BDA Member Non-Member
Payment 1
Paid at time of registration.
$17.25 $22.25
Payment 2
Due one month after registration.
$17.25 $22.25
Payment 3
Due two months after registration.
$17.25 $22.25
Payment 4
Due three months after registration.
$17.25 $22.25
Note: registrants using the payment plan are not eligible for the early registration discount and always pay the standard registration fee ($69.00 for BDA members and $89.00 for non-members).

Registration Fees

BDA Members: $59.00

Non-Members: $79.00

Registration Discount Applied
You save $10.00 by registering before midnight on 1/2/2015. Standard registration fees for this program are $69.00 for members and $89.00 for non-members.

Scheduled Dates

January 06, 2015

Complete Schedule:
1/6/2015 | 6pm - 9pm

Location: Boulder (Details)


January 28, 2015

Complete Schedule:
1/28/2015 | 6pm - 9pm

Location: Boulder (Details)


June 22, 2015

Complete Schedule:
6/22/2015 | 6pm - 9pm

Location: Boulder (Details)