Videography Training Courses

Videography Fundamentals Training Class for Multimedia Production

Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., & On-Site

In this hands-on Videography training class, you can work on the technical and creative side of DSLR* video (or any other video camera you may have!).  You will learn from an industry expert how to go from pre-production to post-production while working hands-on with real equipment and scenarios.

We will start with the design of your story, picking your locations, framing your shots, lighting your shots (if needed), using a green screen, mic’ing your subjects and capturing great footage using your video-capable DSLR* (or any other video camera you may have).

Then, we’ll put all of the pieces together while enhancing picture and sound.  The end file will be optimized for web and digital delivery.

This Videography training class will provide you with real-world video experience from start to finish. Come and get some hands-on experience with equipment and techniques, or bring your own equipment and learn how to better take advantage of its capabilities.

Who should attend: Those interested in obtaining or reinforcing basic videography skills for use in video, web, DVD and multimedia development.

It is strongly recommended to attend a Premiere Pro Intro course after completion of this course for even further video techniques.

All of our Videography training classes are available at our Adobe Authorized training facility in Columbia, MD (convenient to Baltimore & Washington D.C.). Also, you can hire our Videography Experts, or request a private Videography training at your site or our site.  GSA (Government) pricing and Educational discounts are available for open enrollment & private classes.

*We cater to the DSLR Video community, but the fundamentals taught in this class apply to anyone using any kind of video camera.  We encourage those who do not use DSLRs for video to take this class and bring their own equipment.


No prior knowledge of videography is required. Basic knowledge and experience in camera usage and computer technology is required. Users with experience in multimedia applications who are moving toward integrating video will gain from taking ThinkBIGLearnSmart’s course. It is suggested that students bring in their own camera to class.

Videography Training Class Objectives

  • Pre-production
  • Writing the Script
  • Location Scouting
  • Production
  • Camera Setup
  • Lighting the Scene
  • Working with a green screen
  • Shooting
  • Post-production
  • Editing
  • Exporting Your Video

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Videography Training Course Outline


1. Writing the script:

  • What do you want to communicate?
  • Who is your audience?
  • How will they get your material?

2. Location Scouting:

  • Where do you need to shoot?
  • Do you need lights?
  • Do you need special equipment (rails, jibs, etc)?
  • Any audio considerations? Is it noisy?
  • What about power?
  • Permits?
  • Gear check- right gear for the job
  • Create an equipment list – What do you need?
  • Logistics Tech scout
  • How will this really go?


3. Camera Setup:

  • Best place to be to take advantage of the existing light
  • Framing the shot – The rule of thirds
  • Do not cross the shooting “line”!
  • “M” is for manual – Learn how to set up your camera in manual mode

4. Lighting the scene (3-point lighting the easy way!):

  • Working with lights
  • Working with diffusers
  • Working with reflectors
  • Where should you put the lights?
  • GreenScreen lighting

5. Shooting:

  • Shooting styles
  • Working with Talent
  • When to use an assistant
  • Working with Audio
  • Getting the shot
  • Dynamic Shooting for more interesting footage
  • When to shoot and when to wait
  • Time Lapse – best practices


6. Editing:

  • Media Management – Importing
  • Basic Editing w/ Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Multicamera editing in Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Audio Sync the fast and easy way!
  • Basic color correction
  • Basic Effects
  • Basic Titles
  • Basic Audio cleanup (Adobe Audition)
  • Basic GreenScreen Keying

7. Exporting your video:

  • What is a codec and why should I care?
  • What’s the best way to export for YouTube? Vimeo? Others?
  • Exploring the Adobe Media Encoder

It is then suggested as a next step that students register for Premiere Pro Intro for further editing skills.


All course objectives and outlines are a guide for students.  To ensure student satisfaction, these course topics and order may be modified or added to ensure the latest information is covered to support real world use of the technology.

Videography Training Class Reviews

“Great instructor! Knowledgeable, motivating and offered great real-world examples of techniques/tools.” - Zach C. Erickson Living

“Think Big Learn Smart really pulls out the bells and whistles for you when you come to their location. My experience as a first time student was wonderful. The instructor was very attentive, and the amount of hospitality you receive is great. Definitely a place I will recommend to other professionals.” -Shannon P. – American Coatings Association

“This was a great class. The instructor was enthusiastic and taught the course work so that it was easy to understand and remember. We were encouraged to ask questions and the class was catered to meet each individual’s interests. I would definitely do this again.” - Emily M. – Propane

“This videography training class was great. The hands on work, and Sylus is an A Plus Teacher- willing to work over time, very early in the morning, lunch and after hours. The instructor also gave me resources for equipment and other resources to help me later in life. A++ :-) – Terry M.

“The ThinkBig team is fantastic. From the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave, you feel like they are doing everything they can to make sure you have a pleasant and rewarding experience.” – Anthony M. – DSM

“In two days, we were able to develop a highly professional video!! Amazing! The training was excellent from preplanning to the final product. I would highly recommend ThinkBig!” – Jacki D. – LCB Solutions, LLC

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Videography Fundamentals

Columbia, MD - In Person & Online Live

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 8:30 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT Register or Add to Cart
Videography Fundamentals

Columbia, MD - In Person & Online Live

Wednesday, Sep 09, 2015 Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 8:30 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT Register or Add to Cart
Videography Fundamentals

Columbia, MD - In Person & Online Live

Monday, Nov 09, 2015 Tuesday, Nov 10, 2015 8:30 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT Register or Add to Cart
Videography Fundamentals

Columbia, MD - In Person & Online Live

Monday, Dec 28, 2015 Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 8:30 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT Register or Add to Cart