Camera training – one on one

Hands-on and field based

Our day begins at Wildeye HQ (with a cup of tea and homemade cake).  We start by explaining how cameras work, we will discuss functions including focus, iris, shutter, white balance, gain, ND filters, peaking, scopes, zebras and more to ensure you are familiar with these fundamentals.

Travelling some 20 minutes away we will continue the day at stunning Pensthorpe, previously home to BBC Springwatch.  Here we will set-up a number of shots giving you the opportunity to shoot some footage and also demonstrate how by using the cameras on screen tools you can ensure your video is in focus and properly exposed.

We pride ourselves on taking whatever time is necessary with you to ensure you leave us feeling confident and empowered to use a professional video camera whilst understanding the important basics of its operation.

By working together you will gain hands-on experience of how camera operators work and get the amazing shots you see on wildlife, travel and adventure documentaries.

Bespoke camera training

Suitable for those with little to no experience our one day technical course will get you up to speed with all of your cameras manual functions.

Whether you are looking at a career in filmmaking, going travelling or are just a keen amateur looking to up your game this single day one on one course will educate, inspire and give you the skills you need to get the best from your equipment.

This course is run in the beautiful Norfolk countryside and is taught exclusively by our technical tutor Simon Beer.  Working with video cameras for 26 years Simon will share his experience, knowledge, offer tips and will explain and demonstrate the core concepts of filmmaking leaving you confident to use a video camera.

Let's talk tech...

Throughout this fun and knowledge packed day you will get the opportunity to ask any technical questions you want about all sorts of filmmaking kit including cameras, tripods, lighting, audio, gimbals, sliders and more, we’ll also let you have the keys to the Wildeye kit room so you can chose what equipment you want to use throughout the day!

“I got so much out of it and feel really inspired to get out with my camera and make some films! You were such fun company.”

Course Itinerary

Your training day:
10am – arrive, tea / coffee, introductions
10.30am – introduction to cameras and formats
11am – how a camera works
11.30am – core functions: focus / iris / shutter / white balance / gain or ISO / NDs / tools etc…
12:30pm – lunch
1pm – leave for Pensthorpe to film
1.30pm – spend three hours filming / demonstrating how the camera works
4:30pm – return to Wildeye HQ and answer any questions
5pm – course ends

Guide timings are flexible to suit your individual needs.

Available equipment:

Whilst you are more than welcome to bring you own camera we do offer you the opportunity to learn on a number of cameras including:

Sony A7Sii – professional mirrorless camera (HD / 4K)
Sony HXR-NX80 – prosumer camcorder (HD / 4K)
Sony PXW-Z90 – broadcast quality camcorder (HD / 4K)
Sony PXW-Z150 – broadcast quality camcorder (HD / 4K)
Canon C100 – professional camcorder (HD)
Sony PXW-FS5 – broadcast quality camera (HD / 4K)
Canon C300 – broadcast quality documentary camera (HD)

We can also teach you how to film: timelapse / slow motion / from drones
(drone filming will incur an extra fee)

“I wanted to thank you for your time, effort, hospitality and most importantly a head start in the industry….. You even answered questions I didn’t know I had!”

Meet the tutors

Simon Beer is a multiskilled camera operator who has worked on a wide spectrum of jobs over the years in varying capacities.

Join us for a personally tailored bespoke learning experience

Booking information

Costs: £450 per person
This includes tuition, snacks, entrance to Pensthorpe.

Forthcoming Dates:

On-demand – contact us to arrange a date

To apply for a place please complete the form to the right, we will get in touch to discuss dates and tailor your course.

Visit our About Us page to learn more about us and why for 20 years we have been the number one wildlife film school in the UK. Don’t forget to browse our gallery of past courses and see if you can spot any famous faces!


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