Basic Level Workshop: DSLR/DSLM Videography

Saturday, April 14, 10am-5pm
Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland, ME

This one-day basic camera workshop is designed for still photographers and novice videographers. Working in small groups, participants will receive hands-on training using cameras like the Panasonic GH-4, Canon T5i, Canon 7D, and Canon 5D Mark III.

Through presentations and hands-on exercises, the workshop will provide a basic understanding of how to set up and use the in-camera settings and tools for image control. Turning off the camera’s AUTO functions, students will examine and test the basic photographic tools of ISO, aperture, color temperature, white balance, shutter speed, and frame rate. Video CODECs and resolution will be discussed as essentials when setting up a DSLR/DSLM for video production and for a smooth postproduction workflow.

Participants will go on to explore lens choice, selective focus, and depth of field to tell compelling and dynamic visual stories, and as a means to create a unique visual style. The class will also touch upon and demonstrate basic recording techniques to capture higher quality audio.

As participants shoot sample clips and discuss workflow, they will learn how to prepare files for post-production, importing their media using Shot Pro 6.  For camera operation, both tripods and hand-held camera systems will be demonstrated.

Workshop sponsor Canon has donated four Canon 5D MK III with 24-105mm lenses for participants’ use. Participants are encouraged to bring their own cameras that they are used to using as well.

Students will leave the workshop with the fundamental skills to create higher quality images, control these images, and to work efficiently and effectively using a DSLR and DSLM camera system for basic cinematography and visual storytelling.

Instructor: Matt Siegel, Director of Photography.

Matt Siegel is an award-winning producer and director of photography. He conceives, designs, composes, and lights for commercials, features, documentaries, and branded content.  He balances his professional film career by conducting camera and lighting workshops around the world, demonstrating production techniques and new technology for ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, and Panasonic. Matt is a former professor of cinematography at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and will be teaching cinematography and lighting workshops this summer at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine.

Price: $150 non-members; $75 MFA members* Register to attend today through Eventbrite!
This full-day workshop is limited to 16 participants.
Join the Maine Film Association today for free or discounted admission to all MFA workshops and events, and many additional perks: MFA membership is only $30 for professionals and $19 for students until April 1–join today before annual dues increase!

Workshop Schedule:
We plan to begin the workshop promptly at 10:00 am. Please plan to arrive between 9:30-9:45 to check in/register.

Parking: There are various parking garages located in close proximity to the Portland Media Center. We encourage you to carpool or use mass/active transportation!

*Scholarship opportunities are always available for any of our educational events. Please email us at to inquire!

 Thank you to our generous sponsor, Canon!