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Photography, Videography, Motion
Course Description

The first course in the Photographer to Video in Today's Gig Economy program, Working with Motion & Time, is a deep dive from photography to videography, and shows you how to think in motion. Many of the core concepts carried over from still photography are the same, but putting your camera and scene in motion opens up a new world of possibilities and demands. You will learn how to add motion where there is none, and to control focus, light and sound.


This course is in adaptive mode and is open for enrollment. Learn more about adaptive courses here.

Session 1: From Still Photographer to Videographer (October 3, 2023)
In this session, we'll go through the importance of photographers incorporating motion into their skillset, and the essential steps towards rethinking their creative process to create videos.
11 lessons
1. Introduction
2. Video Trends
3. Similarities and Differences
4. Video is Collaboration
5. Three Big Imagery Questions
6. Three Big Audio Questions
7. Creative Pre-visualization
8. Assembling Your Team
9. Tips for the Interview Process
10. Technical Considerations (Premium Exclusive)
11. Assignment: Deconstructing a Video (Premium Exclusive)
Session 2: Recording and Seeing in Motion (October 10, 2023)
In this session, we'll learn the basics of recording video and how the different types of motion, both of the camera and subject, create meaning, mood and purpose. We'll also see how those factors contribute to how a director wants viewers to experience and understand a story.
7 lessons
1. Introduction (Premium Exclusive)
2. Things to Know (Premium Exclusive)
3. Shot Types (Premium Exclusive)
4. Basics of Camera Movement (Premium Exclusive)
5. Types of Camera Movement (Premium Exclusive)
6. Putting it All Together (Premium Exclusive)
7. Assignment: Mood and Energy through Motion (Premium Exclusive)
Session 3: Motion Methods (October 17, 2023)
This session will deepen one’s knowledge about how to create the motion needed for a particular scene. We'll be exposed to the existing equipment and technologies and the critical success factors needed to execute a director’s vision.
6 lessons
1. Motion Methods Introduction (Premium Exclusive)
2. Methods of Motion Without Camera Movement (Premium Exclusive)
3. Hardware and Their Considerations (Premium Exclusive)
4. Putting It All Together (Premium Exclusive)
5. A Conversation with Michael Kamisky (Premium Exclusive)
6. Assignment: Moving Action, Moving Camera (Premium Exclusive)
Session 4: Managing Focus, Light and Sound (October 24, 2023)
In this session, we'll grasp the special significance that audio, light and focus have in a motion environment, and how the success of a video project can solely depend on variables of the previously mentioned factors.
9 lessons
1. The Importance of Audio (Premium Exclusive)
2. Audio Tips (Premium Exclusive)
3. Audio Killers and Defenses (Premium Exclusive)
4. Finding Critical Focus (Premium Exclusive)
5. Lighting Considerations (Premium Exclusive)
6. Lighting Options (Premium Exclusive)
7. Three-Point Lighting (Premium Exclusive)
8. Putting It All Together (Premium Exclusive)
9. Assignment: Three-Point Lighting Interview (Premium Exclusive)
Session 5: The Documentary Project (October 31, 2023)
In this session, we'll gain experience in hands-on practice with filming interview and b-roll shots, combined with seeing how motion, sound, and lighting come together to create a unique experience for a viewer.
5 lessons
1. Introduction to the Makers Project (Premium Exclusive)
2. Engaging With The Viewer (Premium Exclusive)
3. Following Through To The End (Premium Exclusive)
4. A Conversation With Michael Kamisky (Premium Exclusive)
5. Assignment: The Makers Video Project (Premium Exclusive)
Learning Outcomes

Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.

Instructors And Guests
What You Need to Take This Course


You want a camera that shoots high-quality video (1080p minimum). Ideally, that would be a professional camera that has the capability to plug in an external microphone (shotgun, hot shoe, or recording device):

  • Sony
  • Canon
  • Nikon
  • Fuji
  • etc.

Choose any camera brand you feel comfortable with.

Video Editing Software

There is no specific requirement for video editing software. You can use what works best for your budget or comfort level. Avid and Adobe Premiere Pro are the industry standards but there are a variety of alternatives that can help you achieve your goal.

Other Options:

  • iMovie
  • Windows Movie Maker
  • Photoshop
Additional Information

Please note: Taking part in a Kadenze course as a Premium Member does not affirm that the learner has been enrolled or accepted for enrollment by School of Visual Arts.

If a student signs up for the Photographer to Video in Today's Gig Economy program, it is recommended that these courses are taken sequentially.

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