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Use Your Photography Skills to Master Videography

with Jessica Dimmock

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About The Class

Use your photographic eye to become a videographer.

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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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Challenges of Moving into Videography

  3. 03

    Difference Between Photography & Videography

  4. 04

    Videography Should be as Beautiful as Photography

  5. 05

    Add Videography to Your Business

  6. 06

    Importance of Movement & Stabilization

  7. 07

    Gear to Stabilize Your Camera

  8. 08

    Demo of Shoulder Rigs

  9. 09

    Video Examples Using Shoulder Rig

  10. 10

    What's In My Travel Bag?

  11. 11

    Demo: Monopod & Tripod

  12. 12

    Story Types That Lend Themselves to Video

  13. 13

    Example: Engaging Stories in Intros

  14. 14

    Story Structure Exercise

  15. 15

    Example: Story Building

  16. 16

    Shooting Video for an Editor

  17. 17

    Make Great Video Transitions

  18. 18

    Shoot Video for Beauty

  19. 19

    Video Examples: Intentional Movement

  20. 20

    Importance of Great Sound

  21. 21

    Options for Recording Sound

  22. 22

    XLR Inputs, Shotgun & Lavaliere Microphones

  23. 23

    The Art of the Interview

  24. 24

    The Versatility of Lavaliere Microphones

  25. 25

    Demo: Lavaliere Microphone

  26. 26

    Camera Choice for Videography

  27. 27

    Camera Sensors

  28. 28

    External Recorders

  29. 29

    DSLR vs Non-DSLR

  30. 30

    Lens Choices for Videography

  31. 31

    Organization: Log Footage on Computer

  32. 32

    Example Footage Log Sheet

  33. 33

    Categories for Logging Footage

  34. 34

    Finding Inspiration for Videography

  35. 35

    Funding Opportunities

  36. 36

    Transition Photography Skills to Videography

  37. 37



Meet Your Expert

Jessica Dimmock

Director/Cinematographer Jessica Dimmock is the recipient of the 2014 Infinity Award for Photojournalist of The Year from the International Center of Photography and the 2013 World Press Photo top prize as the director and cinematographer of the web feature “Too Young To Wed.” In 2010, Dimmock won Kodak's Best Cinematography Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival for WITHOUT, which she also co-produced. The film received an Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award. Jessica and co-director Christopher LaMarca were listed in filmmaker magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2014. Their upcoming feature, the Pearl, is supported by the Sundance Documentary Film Program and the Ford Foundation and is edited by three-time academy award nominee Fiona Otway. Her clients include the United Nations, HBO, CNN, Showtime, Doctors Without Borders, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Aperture. ... read more

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  • Creativelive Student

    September 2016

    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.

  • Creativelive Student

    September 2016

    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.

  • tandooridan


    September 2016

    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!

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