NFTS Scotland: Camera Familiarisation Workshop

Short course


Supported by Progressive Broadcast Hire, Glasgow


In person delivery (subject to government guidelines allowing) with COVID-19 protocols in place (where required)
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Have a story to tell but daunted by the equipment involved to get you started?

Working in research or production and looking to start filming material yourself?

Don’t let that get in the way of you and your story

Our new, intensive one day beginners’ camera familiarization workshop (taught from a camera person’s perspective) will give you a solid grounding in the essentials of handling and operating camera equipment used for self-shooting, documentary and factual filming so you can focus on the next steps – filming great interviews and capturing great footage to tell captivating stories.

The process starts with the basics, which this workshop covers:

  • What’s in the kit bag?

  • How to assemble kit (camera, tripod, mics and lights)

  • Key camera and accessory features

  • Choosing the right equipment for your objective and environment

  • Common challenges the self-shooting camera person faces

This workshop is aimed at NEW researchers, assistant producers, producers, journalists and others looking to start self-shooting.

It is also aimed at those interested in our Self-Shooting suite of courses. The aim of these courses is to focus on IMPROVING your existing self-shooting techniques, storytelling and camera directing skills, so we encourage everyone attending these more advanced courses to have a basic level of camera familiarity first.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £175
Corporate Rate: £300

A limited number of bursaries are available for all of our short courses. If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria, or can pay for the course by other means.

Please apply as far in advance of the course date as possible to give yourself the best chance of securing a supported place, as we may not be able to accommodate all applications. We aim to advise successful applicants no later than 10 working days prior to the course start date. 

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application, and supporting documents, should be submitted to

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document (pdf) which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please submit your application in plenty of time as timescales for funders differ. 

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

Please complete the application form to apply. You will be asked to submit your CV. 

Please also read the Terms and Conditions of booking as payment of a succesful application assumes acceptance of these. 


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