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Camera Fundamentals

at DCTV - TriBeCa

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Sat, Apr 11, 11:00am - 5:00pm

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TriBeCa, Manhattan
87 Lafayette St
Btwn White & Walker Streets
New York, New York 10013
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 8

What you'll learn in this cinematography class:

Learning digital video production is vital for independent filmmakers and for anyone interested in harnessing the power of media. Camera Fundamentals is accessible and easy-to-learn, teaching you basic concepts and technical skills applicable to any camera. 

In this classic DCTV Workshop, use an HD video camera to learn about focus, exposure, white balance, and composition. A perfect introduction!

This is a Production workshop at the Fundamentals level.

Topics include:

  • Film vs. Digital Video
  • Codecs
  • Focus
  • Exposure
  • Color Temperature and White Balance
  • Composition
  • Movement


All you need to bring is yourself! We provide all equipment and are committed to a 2:1 student to camera ratio. Personal equipment is not permitted.


The price of workshop includes a one year DCTV Membership giving you access to equipment rentals, post production facilities, and discounts on workshops and events.

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Refund Policy
We understand that emergencies and last minute changes happen. Note that we are also serving many people and want to ensure fairness and keep prices low.

Student Cancellation Details:
If you register for a workshop and are unable to attend, we can offer the following compensation:

If your cancellation is confirmed by DCTV:
* at least 5 full business days prior to workshopʼs start date - You can receive 
Full Refund
* at least 2 full business days prior to workshopʼs start date - Full Credit (valid for 3 months) or a 50% Refund
* less than 2 business days prior to workshopʼs start date - No compensation
No compensation, neither Refund nor Credit is available for cancellations less than 2 full business days prior to a workshopʼs start time or for non-attendance. For example, if you cancel your registration for a workshop that starts at 6:30pm on Monday, we must confirm your cancellation no later than 6:30pm the Thursday before. There are absolutely no make-ups allowed for any missed session(s) of a workshop. It is not possible for students to make up a missed session of their Workshop by attending an equivalent session on another day. There are no refunds for missed sessions.


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11:00am - 5:00pm TBD 1 $100
6:30pm - 9:30pm TBD 2 $100
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Wed, May 13 6:30pm - 9:30pm TBD

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After the class, will they give us a certificate where it’s written how many hours we did?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! They can provide a certificate of completion after the workshop. They do not normally say how many hours, but if necessary, the instructor can add the duration of the workshop to the certificate. Thank you.
Question from Anonymous
Do I need any prior knowledge of a camera to take this class?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! No prior knowledge or prerequisite needed.

Reviews of Classes at DCTV (225)

(225 Reviews)
Camera Fundamentals
Reviewed by Anonymous on 4/26/2019
Class was a very fun and informative experience. Also, the instructor was awesome! I had a great experience, although at the same time, I feel like we could’ve accomplished a little bit more within the 2 days.
Camera Fundamentals
Reviewed by Kristine K. on 12/1/2018
Sisa, the instructor, was very friendly, open and knowledgeable in her approach to the class. She seemlessly applied the students’ questions to the coursework she already established. Her patience and care was phenomenal. Very rare these days. I am grateful for the experience and feel more prepared to explore my next steps. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Camera Fundamentals
Reviewed by Kimberly B. on 10/8/2018
I thought the class was very informative. The instructor was very patient. She made me feel very comfortable. This was a great first experience for me at DCTV. I will take another class.
Camera Fundamentals
Reviewed by Wei L. on 9/21/2018
Class was informative and instructor was great.
Camera Fundamentals
Reviewed by Anonymous on 7/23/2018
The class was amazing. The instructor explained everything really well, answered all questions and made sure we walked away with how to operate a camera!
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