NFTS Scotland: Self-Shooting 1 - An Introduction

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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As skillsets change, more and more of us are being expected to (or want to) self-shoot - often without any kind of training. If you feel that way then this is the course for you! As the changes and expected skillsets in our industry continue to evolve it is crucial that we understand how to use a camera to tell stories effectively and visually. Many of us have to learn these skills 'on the job' which can be isolating and can create unnecessary anxieties.

This course will give you the basic skills to confidently operate a contemporary professional video camera. The course will cover Tripods, Lenses, Focus, Exposure, White Balance, Codecs, Framing, Neutral Density, Aperture and depth of field through to shooting basic sequence shots.

This is a practical course giving you hands on experience with industry standard cameras with a qualitative review of your rushes as part of the course.

It is an ideal introductory professional level course, ideal for researchers, Assistant Producers, Production Managers, Runners, Stills Photographers, Development Producers and even runners wanting to learn how to operate and shoot.   

About the tutor: 

This course is led in Scotland by George Cathro, who has worked in broadcast television over 35 years as a Director, Producer, Cameraperson, Edit Producer and most recently as a Shooting PD. He is a BAFTA and RTS winning director and has made programmes for nearly all UK broadcasters. As a professional trainer for over 12 years, George has delivered CPD courses, lecturing and mentoring for students from Stirling University, Napier University, ECA, UWS, Screen NETS and Creative Scotland. 

He has spent many hours in the edit working with other shooters' rushes and is accustomed to the joys and the pain that can bring. His approach will endeavour to make your rushes more joyous in the edit and give you the skills to make you more confident shooters and ultimately more employable. 

To progress, you may also be interested in: 

Self-Shooting 2: Storytelling with the Camera

Self-Shooting 3: Shooting for the Edit 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £545
Corporate Rate: £925


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 (Word doc)

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form (pdf)

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: 01 Jul 2021

To secure a place on the next dates for this course, 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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