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Documentary Self-Shooting: Introduction

Documentary Self-Shooting: Introduction

London College of Communication
Taught by
Chester Yang


Online short courses

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This is an introductory course for complete beginners who want to know how to shoot their own documentaries. It is a practical course, taught through hands-on workshops.There will be lots of practical exercises to give you the confidence and basic skills to go out and begin shooting by yourself.

Taught by an award-winning filmmaker, it is perfect for you, if you have little or no filmmaking experience but want to learn the basics of how to use camera and sound in documentary and all factual film and video production.

Topics Covered

  • HD formats
  • Setting up camera menu
  • Hand-held and tripod operation
  • Focus, exposure and white balance
  • Basic composition
  • Recording good quality sound
  • Shotgun and radio microphones
  • Filming in different situations
  • Organising filmed materials
  • Visual storytelling

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Understand the basics of documentary shooting
  • Record good quality sound and images
  • Be confident filming on your own

Who Should Attend
This course is suitable for you, if you have an interest but no experience in documentary film. You may be an artist, web-designer, media professional or student.


Follow Up Courses
This course can be taken alongwith Documentary Storytelling and Documentary Interview Techniques.

Customised Training
We also offer bespoke video editing courses for groups, individuals and businesses. To find out more, visit our Customised Training page.

Tutor Description

Chester is an independent filmmaker based in London with over sixteen years experience in making documentaries, news and corporate videos for TV, web and VOD platforms.  Chester has shot on various DSLR cameras like the Cannon 5D and C100, Panasonic AF101 and Sony FS-700.

Having developed editing skills using Final Cut Pro (FCP) 7, FCP X and Premiere Pro, Chester has directed, produced and marketed his own films worldwide which has taken him to film festivals around the world. He is presently writing a feature film and is in postproduction on two documentaries. Chester has worked in Sierra Leone, across the UK and Europe. He has over six years experience in teaching filmmaking to secondary schools and colleges in London.

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