Tips and Tricks for Shooting Pro Video

What You'll Learn

If you'd like to know some cool tips on how to get the most out of your video camera, along with learning some cool lighting tricks, it's time to set yourself apart from the amateurs with professional audio, lighting, and production techniques! This workshop emphasizes real-world filmmaking skills to make your work look and sound better.

We'll start with a hard look at the gear today's independent filmmaker needs, and how to use each item in the production kit effectively. We'll discuss solid pre-production strategies so you don't have to fix it in post, followed by a live demo of lighting a professional-looking interview. You'll get loads of tips and tricks for getting great shots in the field, and even advice on how to acquire gear on a budget!

This workshop will also cover:

  • Microphone choices & placement
  • On-location lighting options
  • Renting vs. buying equipment
  • Different camera choices
  • Tape vs Tapeless
  • Composition, exposure, and color balance

Please note that this is not a beginning lighting workshop.

Who Should Take This

Beginning to intermediate videographers who want to improve their shooting skills. If you don't feel fully comfortable with your video camera, you should take Digital Video Camera & Lighting Basics first.

Presented By Bruce Borowsky

Bruce Borowsky

In addition to being a Co-Founder of Boulder Digital Arts, Bruce Borowsky has been an award-winning filmmaker for over 25 years. As a partner in Triple Threat Digital, Bruce specializes in mid to high-end corporate videos, as well as many documentaries. Bruce has worked on a wide variety of projects all over the world for both corporate and commercial clients not only as producer and director, but also as cameraman, lighting director, and editor.

While getting his Masters at San Francisco State University in the late 80's, Bruce had the good fortune to work full-time for renowned adventure photographer Galen Rowell. For over 5 years in the early 90's, Bruce produced "The Climbing Show," a half-hour television series on rock climbing and mountaineering, broadcast nationally on the Outdoor Channel. Bruce's personal documentary "18 days, 16 hours," which recounted his sailboat race across the Atlantic ocean in 2002, won "Best Documentary" award at a national film festival. Bruce is currently working on his latest personal doc "Walking On Eggshells," about people who have a family member with a mental illness - attempting to better illustrate what's it's like for the families. You can see more of Bruce's work at

BDA Members


BDA Members: $69.00

Non-Members: $89.00

Available Dates

May 6, 2015 / 6pm - 9pm

Location: Production Studio (Details)

Production Studio
1644 Conestoga Street, Suite 5
Boulder, CO  80301

The BDA/Pro Photo Rental Production Studio is located just east of Boulder Digital Arts at Arapahoe Avenue and Conestoga Street in Boulder on the northeast corner of Conestoga and Arapahoe.

Customer Comments

I feel confident to jump in to a video project and start telling success stories!Stephanie
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Comments For: Tips and Tricks for Shooting Pro Video

I feel confident to jump in to a video project and start telling success stories!Stephanie on 12/16/2014
I enjoyed the class a lot!anonymous on 12/16/2014
Bruce was very personable, responsive to questions, and an excellent teacher. The shared experience and wisdom was extremely helpful and much appreciated.Brian on 12/16/2014
Good refresher and I learned a lot about audio.Sarah Paz on 8/28/2013
I'm a covered enough to interest me but not be over my head.Eileen on 8/28/2013
This was absolutely of value to me. I' ma visual learner. It was great.Phillip on 8/28/2013
The tips on camera/audio/lighting basics were very useful.Ricardo on 4/3/2013
The real world experience was just great from all aspects!Christopher on 3/29/2012
Good exchange of ideas, very good animated/interesting instructor.John on 6/20/2011
I thought Bruce was a great instructor. As someone who has been teaching for a long time, it was very obvious that Bruce is so comfortable with this topic that he could teach it inside out or upside down! He was pleasant and "real" and the information he imparted was excellent. He answered all of our questions without condescension and with a real enthusiasm for his art. This was time (and money!) very well spent. Thanks - we'll be taking more classes.Issy on 8/1/2008
Very informative course. It covered a wide range of topics and was very interactive. I really appreciated Bruce's teaching skills and experience. An evening well spent!Larry on 1/18/2008
The instructor was great. I got many good pointers!Hanneh on 2/14/2006
Great info, knowledgeable instructor with non-technical explanations.Gil on 1/13/2006
It was really thorough for three hours. Everything was explained clearly.eric on 1/13/2006
I had very basic skills and this gave me great ideas.William on 1/13/2006