Get started with video basics and enter the world of visual storytelling.

  • Introduction to video and content creation

  • Learn to shoot video on your DSLR or mirrorless camera

  • Additional equipment and high-quality audio

  • Get to grips with basic filming techniques

  • Step-by-step instruction by a professional videographer

  • Introduction to video editing and workflow

About the Basic Video Course (Videography 101)

Content creation has become the latest buzzword among creatives. Many still-photographers, therefore, are adding Videography to their skillsets and product offerings. In this course, we teach you to use your mirrorless or DSLR camera to shoot video and introduce you to video editing and workflow.

Course details

The course comprises seven evening sessions at a venue near you and a full-day practical session. We also introduce you to basic video editing and will review your class project.

  • Small and friendly classes under the guidance of an award-winning videographer.
  • Video for beginners. Learn basic to intermediate skills for shooting video on your DSLR or mirrorless camera.
  • Class material: Video tutorials, cheat sheets, a step-by-step guide covering settings and camera controls to shoot video on a DSLR or mirrorless camera.

Presented by

Pieter Uys, DPC instructor, and founder and director of Kaimara Studio. Pieter has 15 years’ experience in corporate videography and still photography with clients such as Amazon Web Services, The Economist, Financial Times, and CSIR. He is also an experienced Wedding Photographer and received the “Admired in Africa’s Best Cinematographer of the Year” award for 2017.

If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.

Stanley Kubrick

Key aspects

The most important aspects covered in the Videography 101 Course:

What is video?

Telling stories through video.

How to shoot video on your camera: from setup to advanced settings.

Learning about specialist video gear.

Planning for and building your kit to create professional videos.

Learning the importance of good audio and how to record it.

Simple and effective video lighting setups.

Basic and creative video composition.

Mastering video techniques like tilting, panning, zooming and shooting hand-held.

Learning to manage and organise your files to make editing easier.

Introduction to video editing.

Colour and tone.

Creating your own video for our class project.

Constructive feedback on your project.

Who is this course for?

This is a basic to intermediate video course, designed for people who have little or no experience with video.


R5 100 per person.
R4 100 per person for couples and family members joining.

Course duration

Seven weeks part-time course, comprising seven evening classes and one full day practical session.


  • We expect that attendees already understand the fundamental aspects of photography and their cameras, such as controlling aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, metering, focusing, etc. If you do not yet understand the basics, we recommend that you take a look at our Basic to Intermediate Photography Courses.
  • You will need a digital camera (preferably a DSLR or Mirrorless camera) with video capabilities and a tripod. We will be able to provide loan-bodies and tripods during class time. Please contact the office to confirm availability.
  • If you are in the process of buying a camera, we strongly recommend that you read the following article, Camera Equipment, A Buyer’s Mini-Guide. If, after reading the article, you are still not sure, we recommend that you contact us on 079 520-4436 (Office hours). We will gladly assist.
  • You will need a computer or laptop to edit your class project.
  • We recommend that you download the free version of DaVinci Resolve, which we will use to create your class project. Please take note that we will cover other video software like Adobe Premiere in other courses, but we strongly recommend that you start with free and capable video editing software like DaVinci Resolve. However, if you are already using any other software it will be fine.
  • If you are in the process of buying a computer or laptop, we strongly recommend that you read the following article, The Best Computer for Photo Editing. Feel free to contact our office if you need any assistance.

Upcoming Basic Videography Courses for 2020

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17 Aug – 28 Sept

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