Workshop: A Video Journalist’s Toolkit

Workshop Friday 2 August 2013, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Camera skills, interview techniques and essential safety tips – this one day workshop will cover what you need to know before setting off as a one-man- or one-woman-band video journalist.

The session will focus on cross-platform camera skills to help you get the best picture and sound quality for your story, and to make sure you get the most out of your equipment.

Setting off on assignment can leave you with a daunting to do list and there will invariable be challenges and obstacles once you are in the field. This workshop will help you to plan ahead, think about what you’ll need to take with you, and teach you to create time for your story rather than your logistics.

Find out all that you need in your video journalist’s toolkit from veteran freelance cameraman and Frontline Club founder, Vaughan Smith.

What you’ll learn:

  • Getting to grips with your video camera: setting, composition and framing
  • Shooting sequences: how to tell stories and follow the action
  • Lighting, audio and interview techniques
  • What to pack
  • Finding the stories
  • Safety and digital security tips

Watch Smith’s report Blood and Dust, documenting 10 days of life and death on a US Medevac helicopter in Afghanistan,¬†for which he won the 2011 Prix Bayeux in the grand format television category.