Camera Operation for Film and Digital Cinema Production

Upcoming Sessions
This workshop takes place over three evenings
March 20th, 21st and 22nd from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Register for this session by sending an email to by Wednesday March 14th
$100+HST for members/ $200+HST for non-members
Membership is easy! We offer three levels of membership that suit the various ways people interact with Ed Video. The process of becoming a member is as simple as completing a form and paying the membership fee.

This  workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the core skills and approach of an effective camera operator. Learn how to set up a camera on a tripod, adjust key settings to achieve a quality image, framing, and stabilizing shots.

Workshop Outline
Lecture and Examples
  • Skillsets and functions of a camera operator
  • Types of Cameras (qualities of each)
  • Understanding Frame Rate, Aperture, Shutter and ISO/Gain
  • Automatic White Balance
  • Resolution: High-Definition, 4K, and what it all means
  • Codec Basics 
Demonstration & Practice
Students will gain experience completing the following tasks, as well as an understanding of when and why to do each:
  • Setting up and mounting a Camera to a Tripod
  • Tripod operation
  • Installing the Battery and Media
  • Attaching a Lens
  • Setting Frame Rate
  • Setting Shutter Speed
  • Setting the ISO 
  • Adjusting the Aperture
  • Composing a shot
  • Setting White Balance 
  • Using Meters and Histograms to set Exposure
  • Setting the Exposure by Eye
  • Picture Profiles and Recording Types
  • Connecting microphones
  • Connecting and using external monitors
  • Setting up for an interview with a standing subject
  • Setting up for an interview with a seated subject
  • Racking Focus
  • Pulling Focus
  • Panning with a Subject
  • Handheld Operation (operator is static, subject is in motion)
  • Handheld Operation (operator and subject are in motion)
All workshops are held at Ed Video, 404 York Road, Guelph, unless otherwise indicated