Discuss this workshop
When Nikon announced the D90 in late 2008, it heralded a bold new direction for DSLR cameras, as it was the very first to include high definition video capabilities. The video function was seen by many as an added feature, eliminating the need to have both a still camera and a video camera, but retaining the camera's primary role as a still camera. But in the cinematography world, a game-changer had been introduced...
Why? The introduction and implementation of the HD-DSLR camera is near perfect emulation of the motion picture film cameras used to make everything from commercials to documentaries to your big budget Hollywood blockbusters. And with a smaller form factor, less weight, HD capture, depth-of-field control and the crucial 24 fps, these HD-DSLR cameras have already been integrated into many productions, both big and small.
Most commercials you see on TV have been shot with HD-DSLRs, as well as several current independent and major motion picture films incorporating these cameras into their production.
Hosted by Samy's Camera in Santa Barbara, California, this allows you to jump feet-first in the HD DSLR genre at the introductory instruction level. Get hands-on demos with the myriad of accessory equipment available for the DSLR shooter, including follow focus, matte boxes, shoulder supports, sliders/dollys, monitors and more will be available from High Sierra Workshops for hands-on demo and also for field rental from Samy's Camera.
Aside from a DSLR camera that shoots HD video and a laptop to edit, there is no need to purchase ANY equipment in advance of the workshop!
Located in the beautiful coastal resort town of Santa Barbara, the workshop will introduce not only the equipment necessary for successful and dramatic HD DSLR video, but provides ample locations and subject matter to fill the short film all workshop participants will create during the four-days of instruction. From beach volleyball to sailing, surfing and fishing on the coast … to the Spanish architecture, the historic Mission and grounds, to high-end shopping in the city … to mountain biking, hiking, wineries and landscapes in the back-country, Santa Barbara has the story for you. All workshop participants will be provided with a list of suggested story ideas and resources prior to the workshop, to allow for individual research and study in preparation of four-days of instruction and shooting.
The entire workshop curriculum focuses on the start to finish, with every workshop participant learning the ins-and outs of HD-DSLRs, seeing and doing hands-on cinematography with comprehensive instruction in how to shoot video, all the while editing their own short video/documentary or landscape film for a grand finale show on the last day of the workshop.
Member prices are only applicable to Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. Non-members can register as Nikonians members here. Nikonians Basic members can upgrade the membership level here. Membership payments help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community and its services such as the Nikonians Academy.