Shoot & Direct: Canon XF305 - £840.00

This highly practical, intensive course will teach you everything you need to know to get filming with confidence on the Canon XF305, the workhorse camera of the TV industry.

Structured so that the crucial theory is interspersed with hands-on exercises, the course will take you step-by-step through setting it up to film with full manual control, teach you the camera’s technical strengths (and weaknesses), record broadcast quality sound, as well as showing you how to handle the tapeless workflow.

More than simply covering the technical aspects of the camera for self-shooters, though, the course will also teach you key directing skills including framing, shot composition, building sequences, and shooting for the edit, so you can film material for broadcast. 

Duration                     2 days
Class size:                    8 maximum (usually 4-6)

Cost:                             £700 plus VAT


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Who it's for?

This course caters for all levels of participant needing to learn, update, or hone self-shooting skills. Whether you’re an SP or PD seeking to get to grips with the camera, and HD tapeless workflow, or a Researcher/ AP wanting to learn how to shoot taster tapes or improve your job prospects, this course is for you.


None. Delegates will be sent a detailed booking form before the course so that we can gauge their experience and objectives and tailor the course accordingly.


Delegates will come away knowing how to set-up and get filming with the Canon XF305, and confident in handling location sound and the tapeless workflow. Moreover, they will have acquired a solid grounding in the grammar of filmmaking, and an understanding of the creative and technical considerations when working across different media platforms – broadcast, online, mobile.

Ongoing Support
With all our courses we provide a post-course support service for added peace of mind. So, if you encounter a problem - or just have a general query - do give us a call and we'll be happy to help. 

Course Content

  • Checking your kit and pre-shoot prep and connecting additional kit
  • Camera and menu set up for HD, SD and online shoots
  • Handling the focus, depth of field and macro
  • Creating Multiplatform Content for different platforms:  web-based videos compression and encoding issues, the difficulties of handheld, pan and image overload, the importance of tripods, target audiences and usage of content
  • Sound – manual and automatic record settings: selecting and positioning the right mic, phantom power, line inputs and using radio mics
  • Shot sizes and framing for 16:9/4:3/14:9.  The Rule of Thirds and framing for online
  • Manual and Auto Exposure: using ND filters, manual gain, iris and shutter speeds
  • Manual and Auto White Balance
  • Interlaced and progressive scan filming
  • Using tripods and hand-held techniques
  • Filming Controllable action - building sequences, getting edit points
  • Filming Uncontrollable/ Observational action – what you need to know
  • Lighting for Cross Platform Projects:  Best use of available light, three point lighting, contrast issues
  • Capturing Content – dealing with tapeless workflows, handling formats
  • DV Talent Health and Safety Session – handouts on compliance and editorial for broadcast and online.  Includes issues around filming, ethics of secret filming, chronology and potential problems self-shooters encounter

Venue & Times

Location:            DV Talent

                            6 Waterson Street
                            E2 8HL

Times:                 10am - 5:30pm   (please arrive 15 minutes early for induction on the first day) 


Our tutors are all top-end directors and programme-makers.


Do I need to bring anything to the course?
It’s advisable to bring a pen and some notepaper. Otherwise, all you need is a receptive mind and your energy and enthusiasm.

Is lunch provided?
We keep you replenished with teas, coffee, biscuits and fruit. We don’t provide lunch – although there are a number of sandwich shops, cafes, restaurants close by, as well as a supermarket.

What if I have to cancel?
If you cancel more than 10 working days before the course date, you will get a full refund. If you cancel with less notice, or once the course has been confirmed the full course fees are still due. We will however endeavour to get you onto to a future course as and when we have a spare space. Although this cannot be guaranteed and will usually involve you being offered the place at short notice, we have a great track record of making sure people get their training – even it takes a bit of time.

What others say about this course

"Well-organised, good mix of theory and practice, good insider tips. The course was comprehensive and really practical - I feel I could competently shoot tomorrow."

- Sarah Lambert, Producer

"A very useful and enjoyable two days of XF305 intruction and practice. We packed a lot into the time we had, but it didn't become overwhelming. I feel a lot more confident to pick up a camera and film something."

- Jonathan Rowlands, Assistant Producer/Story Producer

"Clear, helpful and extremely useful. I now have a clear understanding of what each camera function does and why. Watching footage back and receiving feedback was extremely useful."

- Elspeth Fisher, Researcher

"Great for a beginner - Steve is very thorough"

- Alex Hitch, Office Assistant

"Good! Super informative - nice and practical."

- Satema Tarawally

"Excellent course. Really helps boost confidence & get to grips with self-shooting."

- Beatrix Alexander, Producer/ Edit Producer

"Loved it! Informative & fun. I could self-shoot on a job tomorrow and no one would know I'm a newbie."

- Llinos Griffiths, Development Researcher

"Very thorough. Everything explained clearly. A good opportunity to become comfortable with the cameras and kit and to get practice. Approachable and helpful instructor.

- Rhea Brooks, Junior Researcher

"Really really good. Great speed, great content"

- Amanda Riley, Researcher

"Great. Fantastic course-an intense crash course into this camera"

- Cheyne McCorkindale, Producer/Director

"Lots of information; good hands on access to camera; well organised"

- Jennie Russell, Producer/director

"A lot of information, very friendly environment, easy to learn."

Lewis Price-Milne, RDF Media

"It was very thorough and covered everything you need to launch into using the camera"

= Chris Zawadzki, Features Producer


- Batsheva Lazarus, Casting Producer

"Excellent. Very informative, good pace."

- Paul Myles, Reporter

"Loved it! It was exactly what I've been wanting to do and I always felt that I could ask questions. My confidence has greatly increased."

- Ellie Scott-Dalgleish, Researcher

"Very comprehensive and clearly taught + some great tricks."

- Natasha Zinni, AP/Director

"Wonderful…I learnt so much and my confidence has grown exponentially in the last 2 days!"

-Renasha Khan, Researcher

"Very well structured and amazing how much managed to fit in."

- Beth Lewis, Researcher

"I really enjoyed it - very thorough and instructive for the time that we had - I learnt a lot."

- Frances Kendall, Researcher

"Very Good. Technically useful"

- Rebecca Hodgson, Producer

"Excellent, Steve is great. It has helped to cement some of the knowledge that I have picked up along the way on shoots"

- Isabel Colbourn, Assistant Producer

"Absolutely fantastic. Really comprehensive, teacher responded really well and spontaneously/instantly to all questions"

- Ben Freedman, shooting AP/ PD

"A nice working environment"

- Imogen Sparus, Producer/Director

'Brilliant, good mix of practicality and theory. Well worth it.'

Jamie Templeton, Researcher

'Brilliant. Very, Very useful!'

Sam Grocott, Researcher

"I thought it was fantastic"

- Kate Lennon, Intern at RDFMedia

"Overall fanatsticc. Worth time and money"

- Lauren Havard, Assistant Producer

"Really enjoyed it, Brian was very supportive and clearly knowledgeable, teaching us all new things."

- Ollie Deacon, Runner/Researcher

"I now feel ready to take out a camera and put my new skills into practice"

- Jasmin Gaskill, Runner

"Very professional course for people working in the industry and also taught by people who are experienced"

- Billie Myers, Runner





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