The Camera Coach

Photo, Video, Editing, Underwater Video and
Storytelling

Video Production Set

Shooting Video and Editing Go Hand in Hand

Video has exploded and we don’t want you to get left behind! Annie Crawley gives you an inside look at the possibilities of creating video from a point and shoot still camera to a high definition video system. With the advancement of desktop editing, digital still cameras shooting high definition video, and outlets such as Youtube and other online video sharing sites, multi-media is absolutely the wave of the future. Annie Crawley wants to introduce you to the power of video!  Annie Crawley will discuss cameras, housings, lighting systems, editing equipment, audio gear, copyright free music, creating your story, camera optics, size of systems, weighting, controls, cost and all the crew positions needed in order to create a short film. This presentation can be given to schools, organizations or corporations. Annie Crawley teaches you how to use the power of video to tell your story!  Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see all the programs available for your group, organization or corporation.

Do you want to learn how to create a short video?  Have you considered putting programs on youtube, vimeo, facebook or one of the other new media sharing sites?   Are you overwhelmed by the thought of how to get started?  Do you want to make a company video or does it interest you to document your friends and family so you can remember your adventures and experiences?  Do you want to learn techniques to simplify the process of video by understanding the editing process?  Is your dream to create underwater video that informs and inspires?

 

These workshops can be broken down into one hour breakout sessions, full day or week long seminars. Annie Crawley wants to introduce you to the power of video!

White Balancing Camera UnderwaterVideo has exploded and we don’t want you to get left behind! Annie Crawley gives you an inside look at the possibilities of creating video from a point and shoot still camera to a high definition video system. With the advancement of desktop editing, digital still cameras shooting high definition video, and outlets such as Youtube and other online video sharing sites, multi-media is here to stay.

Annie Crawley will discuss cameras, housings, lighting systems, editing equipment, audio gear, copyright free music, creating your story, camera optics, size of systems, weighting, controls, cost and all the crew positions needed in order to create a short film!

When speaking with visuals, you must convey your story with images.  Research, planning, anticipating and visualizing before you begin

filming allows you to create better images no matter which camera and editing system you are using. Producer and video expert Annie Crawley helps you learn the basics of video production and shows you how easily shooting and editing go hand in hand.  You will learn tips and tricks necessary to create your own video programs, not only learning how to shoot great video, but also getting a firm understanding in how to how to tell a compelling visual story. These workshops can be tailored to businesses wanting to implement video into their marketing strategy, to school programs and workshops, or to any group or organization that wants to explore the power of video. You will learn the principles needed to make short videos, conduct interviews, make music videos, voice overs, documentaries, video blogs, and post to social media sites such as youtube, vimeo or facebook.

Desktop Editing Lessons Available

Desktop Editing Lessons Available

Annie Crawley teaches you video and editing skills you will use your entire life. These programs are not just for video camera owners, but for anyone with a camera, or who wants to work on a crew. You do not have to have a professional camera operator anymore to utilize the power of video. If you want to use video to promote your company, the more you understand video, the better you will be able to work with your video team. As phones and point and shoot cameras are now capable of high definition video, everyone can be a producer.

Annie’s expertise also lies in underwater photo and video. Before exploring Underwater Photography and Video, a basic land video course is highly recommended. Click here to find out more about Annie Crawley’s underwater photography and video classes.

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Annie Crawley Conducting Interview in the field with Doug Woodring Founder Project Kaisei

Interviewing Techniques

Topics covered in Annie Crawley’s Basic and Advanced Video Courses

  • Story Development and Script Writing
  • Deciding Who Is Your Audience
  • Planning and Learning Basic Photo and Video Rules
  • Shooting: Ten Basic Shots Necessary For Your Edit
  • Lighting Techniques
  • Editing
  • Creating a story, documentary, interview or videoblog

Who Are These Seminars Designed to Reach

The seminars can be given as 45 minutes to 1-Hour Program; half-day programs, full day programs, or as multi-day or week long formats.

10 years and above as long as students have access to cameras and computers with editing capabilities

High School

College

Groups & Corporations

Conference Breakout Sessions

We designed the following commercial for one of our clients who wanted to promote a series of photo, video and editing classes.

Video Topics Available For Your Group

The Power of Youtube, How to Maximize Video in Your Marketing Mix

Are you looking for a speaker for a marketing track?  Does your company need someone to consult you on the power of video on the internet?  Hire professional producer and entrepreneur Annie Crawley deliver a dynamic presentation on the power of video to your group or organization.  She discusses the history of video, the explosion of desktop editing and how easy it is for you to get started in video.

WHAT IS YOUR STORY?

When speaking with visuals every great photographer/cinematographer knows they must convey their story with images. Research, planning, anticipating and visualizing before shooting a photograph or video will allow you to create better images no matter which medium you are using. Photographer, filmmaker and writer Annie Crawley kicks off the seminar with an inspirational session on helping you find the story you want to tell!

SHOOTING AND EDITING GO HAND IN HAND

In order to build your story in the editing suite, you need to ensure you captured the shots you need and know how to download into your computer. There are basic rules you follow when filming including the rule of thirds, white balancing, working with F-Stops and your aperture. Even if you cannot control these functions on your camera, you need to understand what your system is doing. Annie stimulates you to get motion into your shots when shooting both photo and video. You will learn the tips and tricks necessary to make your work-flow go as quickly as possible! You will also learn the top ten shots needed in any story.

LIGHTING TIPS AND TRICKS

With photography and video you need to paint your picture with light. This seminar teaches you how to use the sun to your advantage. There are different times of day we consider golden hours. We also want to consider what other lighting conditions we need to shoot. How do we light an interview? How do we get color balance when using both sunlight and incandescent (inside) lighting. How do we create the award winning short film that will leave our audience wanting more? “Annie’s lighting secrets” make all of this easy to do!

CREATING THE FINAL MOVIE!

It’s a wrap! Shooting is complete and you will begin your final edit. What music will you choose? Which transitions? Are you using narration? What is your title sequence going to look like? During this session we tie it all together in an editing class so you are confident you will be able to finish a program and be able to either upload it to the internet or burn a DVD. Annie provides hands on assistance during the editing session!

PUBLISHING TECHNIQUES FOR YOUR IMAGES AND VIDEO

Whether you have been shooting for years or if you just picked up your first camera and are interested in how to publish your images, this program can help you! Trained as a photo and broadcast journalist, Annie Crawley will walk you through steps you need to take in order to get your images ready to get published and discover that all magazines want video too! The days of being just a photographer are over. If you want to break into publishing, chances are you need to take photos, write, shoot and edit video! Find out the latest trends in journalism and publishing. You will learn the who, what, where, why, when and how of getting your images from your computer and onto the internet, books, newspapers and/or magazines, either traditionally or through online publications. Annie teaches you some of the most valuable lessons she learned in how to break into the industry of producing and publishing!

VIDEO 101

Based on your organizations timing, this workshop can be taught in a one day, two day, three day or week long format. If you are in need of an hour program, Annie can take any of the topics and teach an hour long program to contribute to a conference or convention. During a one day session, minimal hands on training occurs. With a two day workshop, plenty of hands on training will be provided and by the end of the two days, students will be filming and editing short stories together. A three day to week long program allows time for story development, planned shoots and more in depth video and editing techniques. Annie Crawley highly recommends this program to be taught over a minimum of two days. Students love to experience all aspects of filmmaking and everyone gets to be all roles during these programs, from cameraperson to talent!

  1. Creating Storyline
    1. Number one is to know your subject and think "What is my story!"
    2. Developing a narrative storyline for music
    3. Developing a narrative storyline with narration
    4. Travelogues
    5. Shotlist/storyboarding
  2. Mechanics of Cinematography
    1. Depth of field
    2. Exposure
    3. Color temperature
    4. Composition 4:3 and 16:9
  3. How to Shoot Video
    1. Video is motion, need action!
    2. Auto focus versus manual focus, to use or not to use
    3. Master Shot: Storyteller
    4. Transitional Shot: Takes viewer from one sequence of story to the next
    5. Cutaway: Fills a gap in story, typically a close up
    6. Point of View: Shot from the subjects perspective
    7. Reveal: Takes you into a scene
    8. Tracking: Moving with the subject
    9. Static: Action occurs while camera remains in same place
    10. Through Frame: Static shot with action passing through the frame
    11. To Camera: Character speaks and acts directly to the camera
    12. Long lens shot: Tri-pod shot with long lens fully extended to capture action
    13. Wide, Medium, Medium Close up, Close up, Extreme Close-up
    14. Working with models
    15. CAPTURE THE MAGIC WHEN IT OFFERS ITSELF TO YOU THE FIRST TIME, YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK
  4. Lighting
    1. Color temperature
    2. Filters
    3. Battery systems
    4. Tungsten, HID, fluorescent
    5. Backlighting
    6. Buddy lighting
    7. Three point lighting
    8. Underwater communication
    9. Modeling
    10. “Golden hour”
  5. Editorial
    1. Computer editing equipment
      1. Computer, camera or deck, firewire technology, video monitor, speakers
    2. Tempo of the video takes you on a ride, timing
    3. Multiple angles and focal lengths of same scene
    4. Fine tune with dissolves, graphics, color correction and audio levels
    5. Sound design
    6. Pacing of piece, learning to compress and expand time
    7. Montage
    8. Making a frame grab
  6. Intro to Digital Video Formats
    1. Mini-DV, DVCAM, HDV and High Definition
    2. Memory Cards verse Tape
    3. Time code
  7. Video Cameras
    1. Audio recording
    2. White balance
    3. Zooming
    4. Manual focus vs. Auto focus
    5. Use of tripod, hand held, monopod
    6. Monitors/eye pieces
    7. Iris
  8. Maintenance
    1. Camera
    2. Audio Equipment
    3. Computer and Hard Drives
    4. Battery Storage

VIDEO 201

ADVANCED COURSE

This course is for students who have already taken the beginner course or understand how to shoot and edit, but want to take their work to the next level. This can be taught in a private coaching class. We follow the outline for VIDEO 101, but take the learning curve and expectations to a new level!

UNDERWATER VIDEO 101 & 201

UNDERWATER VIDEO WORKSHOP Classroom and Pool

Underwater Video Workshop

Classes Designed For All Ages

Two day to week long workshops including classroom, pool and open water sessions optional.

You do not need a video system to take this course. You can rent a system or use demo gear that will be available. If you have a still camera, most of them now shoot video too.

Open Water Scuba Diver Certification is required. Prior to taking this course, a buoyancy class is highly recommended with Instructor Annie Crawley.

Before shooting underwater, Annie Crawley highly recommends VIDEO 101 Course. You will learn storytelling, shooting, editing and how your camera works on land before entering the water. This program can be run over a one day or two day classroom and pool workshop, two day preferred.

By the end of this course, you will learn: Underwater Video Basics, Advanced Lighting Techniques and Ten Shots You Need to Master to Create A Great Program

UNDERWATER VIDEO BEGINNER OUTLINE

Underwater White Balance and Lighting

Underwater White Balance and Lighting

How to Shoot Video Underwater Video

  1. Video is motion, you need action!
    1. Auto focus versus manual focus, to use or not to use
    2. Master Shot: Storyteller
    3. Transitional Shot: Takes viewer from one sequence of story to the next
    4. Cutaway: Fills a gap in story, typically a close up
    5. Point of View: Shot from the subjects perspective
    6. Reveal: Takes you into a scene
    7. Tracking: Moving with the subject
    8. Static: Action occurs while camera remains in same place
    9. Through Frame: Static shot with action passing through the frame
    10. To Camera: Character speaks and acts directly to the camera
    11. Long lens shot: Tri-pod shot with long lens fully extended to capture action
    12. Wide, Medium, Medium Close up, Close up, Extreme Close-up
    13. Working with models
    14. CAPTURE THE MAGIC WHEN IT OFFERS ITSELF TO YOU THE FIRST TIME, YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK
  2. Lighting
    1. Color temperature
    2. Filters
    3. Battery systems
    4. Tungsten, HID, fluorescent
    5. Backlighting
    6. Buddy lighting
    7. Three point lighting
    8. Underwater communication
    9. Modeling
    10. “Golden hour”
  1. Camera Housings
    1. Considerations before purchase
      1. What projects will you be making
      2. Size, weight, lighting systems
      3. Buoyancy for camera and diving systems
    2. Preventing flooding, the dunk test
    3. Power requirements for camera and battery charging
    4. Manual versus electronic controls
    5. Port selections: macro versus wide angle
  2. Special Dive Equipment and Dive considerations
    1. Masks and fins
    2. Regulators, computers and air use
    3. Underwater slates, clips and gack
    4. Closed circuit SCUBA versus rebreathers
    5. Finning underwater
    6. Mastering neutral buoyancy
  3. Maintenance
    1. Use of o-rings
    2. Wet connectors
    3. Greasing parts
    4. Flood alarms
    5. Tape safety
    6. Spare parts kit

UNDERWATER VIDEO 102

OPEN WATER

This course takes what you learned in the pool environment and applies it to Open Water. Depending on if you are diving in tropical or temperate waters, the course is run and taught slightly differently. This class can be taught in private one on one classes, or through a group class. You will learn:

Underwater Video Basics for Open Water

Lighting Techniques based on Conditions

Ten Shots You Need to Master in the Open Water Environment

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