Go behind-the-scenes to discover the inside story of our latest video workshops with expert tuition from filmmaker David Newton, Canon Explorer Simeon Quarrie and Rotolight

The Video Mode and Amateur Photographer, in association with Canon, recently held our latest ‘free-to-attend’ video skills workshops at the Rotolight offices in Pinewood Studios and in the two videos with this article we go behind-the-scenes at the event to discover what happened and what those readers attending thought of it all…

The fifth in our series of video skills reader days took place at Pinewood Studios – often known as ‘the home of British cinema’ – over two days. Day one was for beginners and it featured photographer, filmmaker and tutor imaging David Newton delivering his expert advice on using Canon equipment and how to set up DSLRs to shoot video. It was designed to teach the 30 attendees all about making better video, especially those considering adding shooting videos to their stills photography.

Getting into videography
Canon UK’s Sarah Bennett revealed, ‘David Newton was talking about the Canon equipment he has and how he uses it in his daily work. David has been talking about the basics of how to get into videography and the key things that are important to remember, including things like sound and lighting.’

The first day also included demonstrations of the capabilities and flexibility of the range of Rotolight LED lighting for video and allowed the attendees to get their hands on the Canon range of filmmaking equipment – from DSLRs to EF lenses, and Cinema EOS cameras to cine lenses.

To view behind-the-scenes at day one of The Video Mode’s most recent workshop and to discover the reactions of some of the attendees to day one of the event just click on the video window at the top of this article.

Advanced tuition
Day two of the Pinewood Studios workshops featured the hugely successful photographer and filmmaker Simeon Quarrie (a Canon Explorer within Canon Europe’s Ambassadors Programme), who was teaching more advanced filmmaking skills, such as advanced camera settings, storyboarding, shot planning and the pre-production process.

Simeon Quarrie explained, ‘It’s been really good to work with a bit more of an advanced group who already have an interest and a basic understanding of video. Some of them are doing it for a living but the aim was for us to push their production values and also to increase their understanding, both of the technology – whether it be DSLRs or the Cinema EOS range of equipment from Canon. Something that really resonated with the group was the pre-production process.’

Pre-production & lighting
One of the attendees told us, ‘I was most interested in hearing about storytelling. Simeon’s techniques for putting together a story before pre-production – so I learnt a lot about that.’

Another attendee was particularly happy with the Rotolight workshop segment of day two. He said, ‘The lighting workshop especially – going through the technicalities of using colours and stuff – was really useful for myself because production isn’t necessarily my personal strongest suit.’

Don’t forget that future Amateur Photographer and The Video Mode workshops are in the pipeline – see below for how you can make sure you don’t miss out on any news about our future events.

Find out more & future events
To discover the inside story of The Video Mode and Amateur Photographer’s recent Pinewood Studios Workshop just click on the play button in the video window at the top of this article to watch the ‘Day One’ film and on the video window in the middle of the article to view our ‘Day Two’ behind-the-scenes film. You can also watch an exclusive The Video Mode tuition video with Canon expert and imaging tutor David Newton’s 5 Top Tips for shooting video with DSLRs by clicking here.To find out more about future video workshops and events just sign up to receive the regular Amateur Photographer magazine newsletter by clicking here.