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Filming Families: The Modern Family Video

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Camera Settings for Video

Courtney Holmes

Filming Families: The Modern Family Video

Courtney Holmes

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5. Camera Settings for Video


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1 Class Introduction Duration:09:38
2 The Spark That Inspired Me Duration:13:50
3 What Are Family Films? Duration:06:15
4 Gear for Family Films Duration:11:50
5 Camera Settings for Video Duration:02:56
6 Frame Rates & Slow Motion Duration:20:48
8 Settings for Audio Capture Duration:14:13
9 Exposure for Video Duration:13:21
12 Camera Movements Demo Duration:12:02
14 How to Film a Scene Demo Duration:09:22
15 B-Roll & Use in Storytelling Duration:17:57
16 Jump Cuts & How to Avoid Them Duration:04:30
18 The Importance of Audio Duration:10:45
20 Client Prep Duration:10:49
22 Managing Client Expectations Duration:10:39
23 Uncovering Your Client's Story Duration:17:51
24 Developing a Story on the Fly Duration:07:12
25 Think Ahead as a Storyteller Duration:11:45
26 Student Film Critique Duration:38:56
27 Ideas for Your First Film Duration:06:31
31 Demo: Work the Scene Duration:28:12
32 Demo: Decide What to Shoot Duration:26:06
35 Cull & Edit Photos First Duration:17:09
36 Sourcing Licensed Music Duration:14:57
37 Begin to Edit in Premiere Pro Duration:07:08
38 Editing to The Music Duration:19:54
40 Breaking Down The Final Film Duration:37:38
41 Editing: Color Grading Duration:15:51

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Camera Settings for Video

I am not gonna go too in-depth into the reasons why all of the things, because I don't think that's as necessary. All of this information you can find, you can look it up. I'm gonna tell you what you need to know in order to do things correctly. So video format system is a geographical thing, you need to be shooting NTSC for North America, PAL for Europe and Australia, that is just based on broadcast television standards, okay? So it's sort of like we're putting everything on Vimeo, or YouTube, or whatever, and so it's sort of less applicable, but anyway, you should shoot the right format system where you live. Now most likely, you are already shooting it, because if you purchased your camera in the country you live in, it's gonna default to that, okay? One thing that I think is important to note in terms of camera differences is that in Canon, you decide on the video format system before your choose the frame rate, and Nikon, no, it's not the other way? I thought for Nikon it was that...

you choose the frame rate, they're all listed out, right? So you choose the frame rate, and they're all listed out, and the frame rate determines which video format system you have, okay? So for Canon, you choose the video format system, and then you only have the frame rates for that video format system available to you. On Nikon, it's the other way around, you have all the frame rates listed, you need to choose the right one that matches the video format system, okay? I think, I can't remember about Fuji. Okay, so frame rates, if you're shooting NTSC, you're gonna be 24, 30, and 60. If you're shooting PAL, you're gonna be 25 and 50. Now the difference between the frame rates is this 24 frames per second is kind of that cinematic look that you see in movies, 30 is really used for broadcast television, that's usually what you see TVs being shot at, TV shows being shot at, and 60 frames per second is what's used for slow motion, so if you're wanting to slow the footage down. I'm gonna get into that in just second, more in-depth. So PAL 25 and 50, those are your options. I'm gonna tell you, for a long time, I was shooting 24 and 50 and the world kept spinning, and I was in Australia, okay, so just know that. (laughs) It was all good.

Class Description

Portrait photographers capture moments in time for families, parents, and children. But in order to tell the whole story, you need to switch your camera to video mode, and become the storyteller behind the camera. Join Courtney Holmes, family photographer, filmmaker, and founder of FilmingLife Academy as she empowers you to add video to your photography business.

In this class, Courtney takes you on location to a home in Seattle to see how she organizes a family shoot from start to finish. You will learn in a unique way how Courtney works to capture authentic family moments on video and how to stay flexible in a new home environment that you’ve never filmed in before. 

Courtney will teach you:

  • How to change your mindset from photographer to videographer
  • How to add videography to your brand
  • Pricing and marketing tips
  • What to ask in order to capture the best story for your clients
  • The technical skills you’ll need for video
  • Post-processing using Adobe® Premiere Pro®
  • How to choose music, import, organize, create, and polish the final product

Courtney has learned how to make filmmaking into a viable business, and is going to give you the tools to move forward and tell the stories that families will treasure for a lifetime.


Adam Nicholls

Worth a watch! Courtney provides a clear and organised class, she is also very passionate about what she does which is always nice to see. She has a great back story which is fantastic. This course is good for beginners who have some knowledge in photography and want to learn more about video. I would recommend that people do not refer this class to the bible of filmmaking as I feel you can expand further on what Courtney teaches. Some useful tips for beginners but some methods I personally feel can be taught differently. I feel a gimbal is a useful bit of kit if used correctly. You can still use a gimbal when in manual mode providing you follow the basics rules! Obviously if Courtney prefers not to use a gimbal then that's also fine but I wouldn't discourage students from exploring useful filmmaking tools. Slow motion can be achieved with 50/60fps however I feel other frame rates should have been discussed like 120fps. I liked that Courtney engaged with the students as it gets them involved and will help them remember what they have learned during the class. Thank you for taking the time to share some of your knowledge

a Creativelive Student

Courtney's work is absolutely amazing and inspiring. I feel lucky that she has chosen to share her process and that this class is available! After watching all the videos and trying my hand at this video thing, I am feeling really encouraged and inspired to do more- both personally and professionally. I appreciate the way that she breaks things down in the video and that she shares her thought process. A really great course!


Courtney’s course completes me! I have storytelling “holes” in my film previously, but this course helped fill those holes to create a flow and a film with emotion. Not only is the course wonderful (and well worth every penny) but Courtney is wonderful as well! I had such an amazing experience at Creative Live!!!!