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DSLR Video Basics & Filmmaking Techniques Workshop | Wed. May 7th, 6-10 PM | $45

  • May 7, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Do You Have a Video Capable DSLR Camera But Haven't Mastered Filmmaking With It Yet?

The DSLR Video Basics & Filmmaking Techniques workshop is a 4 hour information packed session that gets you up to speed with using your DSLR to make films quickly and efficiently! This entry level workshop will include both theory as well as practical application of these techniques. Rather than sitting in a classroom, this workshop is hands-on and fully immersive and students are encouraged to ask questions throughout the session.

The cost for this incredible 4 hour workshop is only $45.00!  RSVP TODAY

(Filipa at The Beaches. © 2010 Stephen James Photography.)

Who Is This Workshop For?

This workshop is for DSLR users who have a camera capable of shooting video who looking to get started filmmaking with their camera. Please consult the list below to see if your camera is video capable before signing up.



EOS 60D 
EOS 70D 


EOS 5D Mark II
EOS 5D Mark III 
EOS 6D  

EOS 1Dx 









Alpha A77

 ( "A Touch of Magic" - Carly Sellen MUA. © 2010 Stephen James Photography.)

What Will You Learn?

The DSLR Video Basics & Filmmaking Techniques comprised of the following topics:

• Camera Settings - Movie Recording Size/Frame Rates

• Using Appropriate ISO Settings Meant for Video Recording

• Exploring Depth of Field in Video

• Which Shutter Speeds & Multiples to Use Based on Frame Rate

• Setting White Balance properly

• Compact Flash & SD Cards

• Rolling Shutter & Moiré

• Lenses to Choose for DSLR Video

• Lighting - Studio, Location, & Portable Lights

• Support Systems - Tripods & Monopods

• Increased Production Values - Sliders & Dollies

• Audio Recording - Internal & External

• Video Monitors - Field Monitors

• An Introduction to Post-Production Software

• And much much more...

("Isolation" © 2012 Stephen James Photography.)

Added Bonus Workshop Material: Full-Colour, 20 page PDF e-book "DSLR Video Basics & Filmmaking Techniques" download for mobile devices (pictured below)

In an effort to both save trees and go electronic, this 21 page manual is being presented in a PDF e-book format that you can carry with you on your mobile device (iPhone / iPad / Android / Laptop, etc.)

This workshop also includes the DSLR Cinematography Guide by Ryan Koo which is a 113 page e-book that will help you get the most out of your DSLR filmmaking.

What Do You Need to Bring?

• DSLR Camera & Lens(es)
• Fully charged batteries
• Freshly formatted memory cards
• Tripod or Monopod (optional)
• Creativity & Imagination


Date: Wednesday May 7, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Duration of Workshop: 4 hours
Number of Photographer Spots: 5
Cost: $45/person


We will be meeting at the  Plaza II Suites which is located here:

Plaza II Suites
88 Bloor Street East
Toronto, ON
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Contact Phone Number: Stephen James (647)[masked]


The cost for this incredible 4 hour workshop is only $45.00!  RSVP TODAY

Please note that payment must be received to confirm your attendance to the event organizer via PayPal (credit cards accepted even if you don't have a Paypal account). When RSVPing, you will be automatically directed to the Paypal site and then back again to the Toronto Photographic Meetup Group after payment has been processed. Please note that the Paypal site will indicate payment being made to "digitalTouch media."


Refunds for this workshop are only offered if this event is cancelled by the Organizer/Event host. If you absolutely have to cancel, please give as much notice as possible because it allows us to open your spot to someone else who is on the waiting list. Every effort will be given to accommodate you by rescheduling you into a future workshop.

NO SHOW POLICY We have experienced a growing number of people not showing up for workshops, with no notice either by email or phone. This is highly unfair to other people who want to attend the workshop and were willing to, but couldn't because the workshop was filled up. With no notice, we are not able to make accommodation for other people who are on the waiting list. As such, unfortunately refunds cannot be given for no shows on the day of the workshop. It is expected that if you are RSVPing, you have set aside the date and time in question and will be attending. If you need to cancel, please let us know well in advance and every effort will be give to accommodate you by rescheduling you into a future workshop.


About the Instructor: Stephen James

Currently an event photographer/videographer for TD Bank Financial Group, Stephen James is also a freelance photographer specializing in model portfolios, product and commercial images, and is now involved with film production.. Over the last few years, he has also mentored various photographers in the art of both photography and editing.

Stephen James' web site and selected portfolio can be found at: Stephen James Photography. A more extensive portfolio can be found here on Flickr. His growing film archive can be found on Vimeo.

What Students Have Said About Our Past DSLR Workshops:

"Terrific evening. Stephen, you are a very down to earth, informative, current presenter. The flat screen summary was an effective adjunct to your "show and tell" instruction. And I appreciated how you made a comment on each participant's camera. Thanks! I will join another class soon."

- Christine

"Fantastic! Got more than out of the workshop than I ever hope for. Stephen you are great instructor and host. I will be signing up for your other workshops once I get some photo taking under my belt."

- Olga

"The workshop was really useful, and covered a wide range of information, Stephen was knowledgeable and engaging , I definitely recommend this workshop to people interested in photography."

- Sara

"Great workshop. I liked the fact that it was interactive and a small group. This lets us asked the questions that were relevant to us. Stephen was very knowledgeable and knows his trade. It took away a lot of the mysteries of my camera as to why some pictures come out the way they do."

- Tom W

"I learned more about my Camera settings in the 4 hours I was there than the 2 years I had it. Stephen was informative, engaging and hands-on. I found the workshop very good."

- Bruce 

"I'm going to recommend this workshop to my co-worker. Just what she needs."

- Natalie

"Stephen is a great photographer, and I feel lucky that he is willing to share his knowledge with us newbies. It was really informative and useful."

- Colette

"The workshop was great. Stephen clarified all my doubts and I had só much fun taking pictures..."

Dayane Guanabara

"A well run and highly informative workshop."

- Ken Stone

"Thanks Stephen. I really enjoyed the workshop. Loved the casual atmosphere and the lessons learned will definitely help me capture those moments with the kids."

 - Sheryl

"Stephen was a helpful, patient and knowledgeable instructor. Would definitely recommend this session to others."

- Susan Mullin

"The workshop was very much helpful and beneficial especially for those who have no basic knowledge of using the DLSR."

- Alvin Uy

"So helpful. Gave me exactly what I'd wanted to get out of it: Refresher on camera use and kick-start to getting back to non-point and shoot photography"

- Nathalie

"Excellent workshop. This workshop is designed to help all beginners to learn and improve their skills in photography. I had fun and really enjoyed it.

- Gary Ong

"Great info presented in an easily understandable & applicable manner. Liked having cameras in hand as info presented."

- Peggy

"I really enjoyed this workshop and would recommend it highly. The information provided was very clear and helpful, and the "hands on" aspect made a huge difference, as did going out on the street to take photos afterwards. Stephen was very patient and gave great pointers on how to take better shots. I do believe my "Fear of f Stops" is a thing of the past!

- CorrieG

"This was a great workshop for me...learnt a lot about my camera. Clicked lots of different kinds of pictures with different perspective. Thanks a lot Stephen!!!"

- Santosh

"This workshop truly inspired me, I couldn't stop taking pictures all the way home, to an extent that an old gentlemen approached me while I was standing on a barrier off the ground, trying to take a picture and asked me “What are you taking pictures of, there’s nothing there?”, oh but there was so much around, how could he not see it!!! :) This workshop gave me a kick in the right direction and now I know I want to learn MORE! Thank you Stephen!!!"

- Irina B.

"I found it really useful especially because you were able to spend some time one on one with us and because we got to be out and about trying what we learned as opposed to just sitting in a classroom."

- Bianca Mercuri

"This course was a fantastic introduction to the DSLR. The teacher was very relaxed and common-sense, able to make complex information understandable for relatively non-technical people (like myself). I was impressed by the depth of his knowledge and experience as well as his passion for the art-form."

- Carolyn Dallman Downes

"Thanks Stephen for sharing your knowledge to us , it was really fun joining your group.. Looking forward for another informative lessons and much exciting actual application of the theories you discuss."

- Lilibeth Mallari

"Thanks for arranging this meetup. Frankly, I learned more about manual controls in 5 hours, than I had figured out experimenting for the past 5 years. Stephen is very patient and small class guarantees individual attention. I'd definitely recommend his workshops."

- Zimmy Moe

"Stephen, thanks for an illuminating session. Previously, I've attempted to learn the basics of exposure by other means (books, youtube, etc) but I found your explanations the easiest to understand. I can recommend your course, without any reservations, to anyone just starting out with their DSLRs. Now to get some shooting done! =)"

- Daniel

"It was a great experience to find out which features are available in my DSLR."

- Svitlana

"Fun group, hands-on learning, and treats! The roam through Yorkville, looking like a bunch of paparazzi was fun too. :)"

- Marie-France

"Great course.. Stephen is a skillful teacher, well organized, and lots of fun. We left with more knowledge and new tricks of the trade. He covered the basics clearly and left us with excellent handouts. Each person in the class had an aha! moment. I am confident that when you attend one of his courses you will too!"

- Barbara Borenstein

"I got everything I hoped for- and more. Stephen is an excellent teacher, and is very patient with his students. I would recommend highly."

- Elizabeth

"Thank you Stephen... I found the work shop very informative and I came away with more knowledge of my camera and flash and different ideas for how I shoot! It was also a good mix of attendees. Looking forward to taking more workshops and participating in some photo shoots!"

- James Dean

"I enjoyed this workshop with so many concepts to learn about; Stephen shows a real love for photography as well as a true interest in teaching in a one to one basis."

- Alex Ramos

"Thanks Stephen, a pleasure to meet you! It was a fun and informative evening! There is so much to learn in photography, but you gave us the essentials, the knowledge and tools we need to hit the pavement :-) - thanks again! and I look forward to future workshops!"

- Jackie V

"Great workshop, I learned a lot! Thanks Stephen!"

- Chantal

"Stephen was awesome! A lot of great takeaways and mysteries resolved. Thank you!"

- Anton K

"Thanks Stephen - the meeting was enjoyable and informative!... good tips."

- Tina Galanos

“ As a beginner, I found this session very well organized with lots of relevant information. Stephen's love of photography is inspiring. Looking forward to future workshops. ”

- CJ

“ Excellent workshop! I learned a lot and this was very valuable to me. The course was set up really well and the information presented in a format that was easily understood. Steven was a great presenter. Thank you Steven. ”

- Michael G

“ Terrific workshop. So much was covered in a clear and concise way. And somehow Stephen managed to answer all our individual questions thoughtfully and completely. ”

- Fred Knox

“ It was a great meetup. Tons of information, a great Speaker (Stephen James) and printed materials for all attendees! ”

- James Killoran

“ Very informative. Learned some new tips ”

- Rachel Joseph-Herrington

Please Note: Information regarding the content of this event is subject to change with or without notice (i.e. the addition of new course material or topics and / or minor edits to text or formatting).


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  • Napoleon M.

    Hi Stephen,
    I'm new to video shooting on Sony this may be great to join. Is the location a studio or will the the accessories and peripherals you will be discussing be on-site? Thanks.

    May 6, 2014

    • Napoleon M.

      A99, yes translucent mirrorless.

      May 6, 2014

    • Stephen H.

      Excellent. Thanks for letting me know. There's one more spot left for tomorrow's workshop if you're interested. :)

      May 6, 2014

  • Jeannie C

    That's funny.
    But if you want to be 100% politically correct the Sony Alphas are classified as DSLT.
    And I am glad to be able to join the workshop.

    April 29, 2014

    • Stephen H.

      Thanks for the correction. I know they are mirror-less cameras with electronic viewfinders and there is no "reflex" but I just assumed they went by the title of DSLR still. What does the T in DSLT stand for?

      April 29, 2014

    • Stephen H.

      Ah Google. Digital Single Lens Translucent. :)

      April 29, 2014

  • Jeannie C

    I use a Sony A77 and have video capacity. My camera wasn't listed but I assume I can join the workshop. Really would love to join in with the Nikons and Canons.

    April 29, 2014

    • Stephen H.

      Hey Jeannie, Thanks for signing up. I'll add Sony A77 to the list.

      April 29, 2014

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