Shoot & Direct: Canon XF305


This course is eligible for bursary funding.

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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. 

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.
  • 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
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.

Maximum 8 people but usually 4-6.


10:00-17:30 (please arrive 15 minutes early for induction on the first day) 


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be in writing and must be received at least 10 working days prior to the course date or the full fee will be charged. DV Talent reserves the right to cancel courses at any time (e.g. if there are insufficient enrolments) without liability, and delegates will be offered an alternative date or full refund. In booking a course, you are acknowledging you have read and accepted our Terms and Conditions.