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    £100, £90 (early booking discount), £75 concessions

DSLR Cinematography – Shoot the best footage with your DSLR or Mirrorless camera

This one-day DSLR Cinematography (incl. Mirrorless Cameras) course will give participants the opportunity to explore aspects of cinematography and how to improve their image making from a simple setup to exploring a more complex narrative scene.

This is a hands-on and interactive workshop, with practical exercises utilising DSLR, mirrorless and peripheral equipment. John at all points will share his professional experience about his shot choices and how to think fast on your feet when faced with different real-world conditions.

There will be an emphasis on making your footage look ‘cinematic’ whether it is for documentary or creative pieces, with the use of glide equipment and filming techniques. DSLR Cinematography (incl. Mirrorless Cameras) is aimed at photographers wanting to use their cameras for creative filming, or filmmakers wanting to use DSLR & mirrorless cameras to get a more cinematic look to their work. Participants are welcome to bring along their own cameras for the course.

John Hunt, tutor DSLR cinematography course at film oxford

John Hunt is a professional photographer, filmmaker and educator. In video production, he works as a director of photography, director, camera operator, and editor. As a photographer, he works for a diverse range of corporate and commercial clients. Over the years he has worked for a huge variety of clients across a number of sectors. As an educator, John has a degree in photography and film, a PGCE and has taught lens-based media at higher, further and secondary level as well as in the private sector. John embraced digital technology very early with the first Nikon and Canon digital cameras and is passionate about all forms of story-telling, from a single image to a feature film. See his website jjhuntphotography.co.uk



I feel very confident now using my camera, which is what I needed. C.R.

A good mix of theory and practical examples. J.S.

Brilliant! Thank you. S.A.

Really good insights – PC

The course outperformed my expectations – VS

This course helped with my practice as well as giving me the tools to chose the right equipment to buy. NM

Brilliant Course TL


DSLR cinematography course at film oxford
DSLR cinematography course at film oxford
DSLR Cinematography (including Mirrorlesscameras) at Film Oxford. John Hunt Tutor.

 DSLR Cinematography course – Course Outline

Introduction to Cinematography

Introduction to your DSLR – Mirrorless. How do they work?

The Sensor.

Using your DSLR/Mirrorless manually:
Shutter speed

Memory cards
Batteries and chargers
Tripods and Monopods


Discussion about other grip: jibs, gimbals, drones (when and if you have the budget)!


Recording in camera Pros and Cons

Audio recorders and syncing

Microphones (shotgun, lapel, handheld, wireless, etc.) Mic Pickup patterns.

SHOOTING. (Interactive and hands-on)


Camera Movement

Camera positions and shooting for continuity

Depth of field and how to work with it.

Lenses: working with different lenses, speed, filters Neutral density, grads.

Pulling focus.

LIGHTING. (Interactive and hands-on).

Types of lighting, LCD panels, Tungsten, cold lighting, with demos of Dados, Diva lights and LCD panels.

Simple lighting setup.

Using natural light and reflectors.



A basic shooting task where you can experiment bringing all the cinematography elements together. With guidance from John.

Throughout the day there will be the opportunity to discuss the video production business and how cinematography relates to that.


£90 (includes 10% early booking discount)

£100 Full Price

£75 Discount for NUS Students and people on following means-tested benefits, proof required: ESA (income related); Income Support; JSA; Working Tax Credit (not child tax credit); Council Tax Benefit; Housing Benefit; Pension Credit (guarantee); Unwaged Dependent of these benefits.

This is one of our adult training courses so please note that participants need to be 18 years and above, for information about all of our youth activities see Youth page

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