NFTS Leeds: Self Shooting - Refresh, Review, Advance

Short course


This course is aimed at those who have some self shooting experience, but may not have picked up or used a camera for a while. 

With a mix of theory and practical exercises, the course provides an opportunity to refresh your skills and rediscover your confidence using industry standard cameras. Over the two days of the course, you will cover a range of topics to help you develop your skills and refresh your knowledge.

Many of the skills learnt on this course can be applied to any camera or shooting format, meaning this course will be of benefit to you regardless of which camera/s you have access to.

This course will cover:

  • Camera menu, set up
  • Tripod and handheld operating
  • Composition
  • Exposure control and white balance techniques
  • Focus control including depth of field
  • Recording sound
  • Controlled/Uncontrollable action
  • Management of CF cards and media
  • Using a variety of lenses
  • Working hand held on docs.
  • Audio tips for the self shooter
  • Introduction to creating usable ’sequences’
  • Lighting tips and tricks

Through a series of practical exercises, you will refresh your skills and relearn how to frame and operate the camera both handheld and on the tripod, record good quality sound and shoot sequences. You will review exercises with the tutor and will be given individual feedback. 

About the Tutor:

The course is led by Mark Hampshire, a freelance lighting cameraman with over 25 years’ experience. Having been a senior cameraman at Reuters, Mark moved into current affairs and spent many years on the major BBC and ITV current affairs programmes. Mark has worked on dozens of prime time documentaries and also worked on ITV as a live cameraman for daytime. He has worked all over the world from war zones to Hollywood and has in recent years trained dozens of self-shooting producers for both ITV and BBC.​​​​​​​


Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £525
Corporate Rate: £895


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However, it is essential that you have used a camera before and have some understanding of camera operation.

If you have never picked up a camera before, you may be interested in our Self Shooting - A Beginners Guide course.

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

To apply for this course, please complete the application form.


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