Video Camera Basics

What You'll Learn

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

No cameras are provided for this class, but if you have your own, we encourage you to 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.

Presented By 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.

BDA Members


BDA Members: $69.00

Non-Members: $89.00

Available Dates

Sorry, we don't have this event scheduled right now but we'll probably be adding it again soon! If you're interested in this event, we recommend using our follow feature to be notified the next time we add it to our schedule. You can also email us to request that we add it soon.

Customer Comments

Great coverage of all basics.M. D.
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Comments For: Video Camera Basics

A great basic class that made me look at film differently.Neal on 1/6/2015
I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in filming.Stephanie on 1/6/2015
I enjoyed the class, the instructor was very friendly and knowledgable.Ryan on 5/29/2014
A very economical class for what it offers. An absolutely valuable class!Ray on 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 on 2/19/2014
Very informative! Learned a lot...Judy Yovin on 5/2/2013
Excellent resource. Keep up the great work.Victoria on 5/2/2013
Enjoyed instructor very much.gregg on 5/2/2013
Enjoyed instructor. Interesting, welcoming.Jim on 5/2/2013
Great info...Blaine on 5/2/2013
Great coverage of all basics.M. D. on 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 on 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 on 9/5/2012
A great intro to DV production work...[instructor] was very knowledgeable and interactive.Rebecca M. on 2/7/2012
Great content & handouts...[instructor was] very knowledgeable, pleasantCheryl on 7/12/2011
Nice tips throughout. Ethan is very personable, knowledgeable, and had great info and examples during the class.Gabriel on 11/1/2010
The class was very good in presenting the basics, it's a good starting point for the novice filmmaker.Paulette on 7/21/2010
A great basic class with lots of great tips.Vincent on 2/2/2010
I learned how to solve every shooting problem I've had - fix it w/manual adjustments!Michael on 10/14/2009
Wow. Just what I needed. I'll be back!Kris on 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 on 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 JonesSam on 3/1/2008