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Use Your Photography Skills to Master Videography

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Camera Sensors

Jessica Dimmock

Use Your Photography Skills to Master Videography

Jessica Dimmock

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27. Camera Sensors

Lesson Info

Camera Sensors

So let's launch kind of right into the sensor and what Canon Log, you know, is. Canon Log is one of the profiles that exist in the C100 or the C300 or the C500, which are all part of Canon's Cinema line, and it's a profile that is, through your eyepiece is actually incredibly flat. It's a very scary thing to shoot with at first, because I came from the 5D, which has a lotta contrast, which has a very kind of punchy, great feel, especially in low light. I always think of it almost as like the way card counting works, the way people do this in Vegas, is that a card counter doesn't sit there and actually memorize every single card that comes through. It's that a card counter, when they're good at it, just kind of comes up with a system, and they say from seven down is a low card and from, you know, eight up is a high card, and every time they see a card, they're just kind of assigning it to one of two categories. That 5D sensor in some ways is kind of like that, which is that when it sees...

low light, but it sees a little bit of highlight, it starts kind of separating things out. It says this is low, so I'm gonna make this kind of blocky and dark, and this is a little bit of a highlight. I'm gonna give that to the highlight section. And that's what kind of creates that look that has a lot of contrast, but also allows you to see in low light by really kind of separating out the dark from the light, and so you can see these lines and these types of shapes in low light, but there's not necessarily a ton of information there. What the Canon Log profile does is it basically takes everything and gives it this very flat profile. It keeps everything right in that kind of medium section. So instead of saying seven, you're basically considered a one, I'm gonna assign you to something low, and eight, you're basically up there at the kings, it kind of keeps a lot of the information right in that middle category. And what that means later is that you can kind of really start, just like any kind of curve, when you've got a lot of information in your histogram, that's when you have a lot of flexibility later on. What it means when you're looking at it, when you're shooting with it, is that it looks really, really flat, and so at first, when you're used to a certain kind of punchier look of some of the DSLRs, it can be a little intimidating, 'cause you're like, oh God, everything all of a sudden just looks kind of washed out. The colors don't look strong. But it means that while it's recording, it's doing this flat profile so that later on you'll have a lot of flexibility.

Class Description

Just because you’re a photographer doesn’t mean you can’t shoot compelling video. If you have a digital SLR, you have the equipment. If you’re a photographer who loves to tell captivating visual stories, you have the passion and the necessary skills. It doesn’t matter whether you want to create powerful short films about global issues or take videos of your friends on vacation: all it takes to start being a successful videographer is strong photography skills.

Join VII Agency photojournalist Jessica Dimmock for this class, and you’ll learn:

  • How to storyboard to create a strong narrative
  • How to properly capture sound and voiceover while on a shoot
  • How to shoot for an editor and to think with the edit in mind
Jessica has traveled the world in the pursuit of powerful stories. Her work has been published in publications like the New Yorker and Time, and has been exhibited in galleries around the globe. Her skill with a camera allowed her to pivot into videography, where she created music videos, short projects and feature films. Becoming a filmmaker as well as a photographer opened up a new form of media for her stories - and doubled her day rate. Draw in new clientele and start expressing your creativity in new ways!  

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a Creativelive Student

I have been waiting for a course like this. Purchasing it was a no-brainer. Taught by an accomplished professional in the field, with a strong track record of high level work, Jessica Dimmock, I feel, is exactly the type of instructor Creative Live should be giving air time to. I have watched other Videography classes on Creative Live, and this was the first one that I felt was worth purchasing due to how much info was being shared, in a very methodical, easy to follow (but not dumb downed) fashion.

a Creativelive Student

This class has left me feeling very encouraged and inspired about getting into videography. Jessica has made some great work, in her short career with video, and was able to share what she learned through those experiences. She started out as a photographer and has now incorporated video into her skill set and it seems to have expanded the diversity her opportunities and has enriched what she produces and shares with the world. I look forward to doing the same thing in my own way. Thanks CL for another wonderful class.


Simultaneously broad and deep, the information Jessica covers and the way she delivers it really give you the feeling you can jump into video right away. Professionalism in every area, from prep steps to workflow in the field to clean organization and processing, inspires confidence in the value of her methods. She clearly learned most of this in the field over years of work, which means the rest of us now have a huge leg up on our first projects. Thank you so much!