Learn fundamental techniques and aesthetic possibilities for cinema-style production using digital motion picture cameras.

As more productions go digital, cinematographers, DPs and videographers use digital cameras to achieve aesthetic results previously only available by shooting film. This course for emerging cinematographers and videographers highlights the advantages of using digital technology, and addresses the challenges and limitations of various digital formats.

The class discusses aesthetic possibilities of shooting with digital cameras, how to achieve a filmic look and when visual style is appropriate to the story as well as how to set up cameras, use on-board menus to maximize image quality and achieve different looks. Students learn the characteristics of different sensor sizes and how depth-of-field is affected, CCD versus CMOS sensors and the advantages and challenges of working with each.

Through demonstrations and exercises in lighting narrative scenes, the class covers the special requirements of lighting for digital cameras, using light meters to achieve correct exposure, working with the camera’s dynamic range, balancing and correcting mixed lighting sources, and calibrating video monitors to accurately display images. The course also provides an introduction to the digital workflow and post-production process, and output options for the finished video.


"This course was a great follow up to Basic Cinematography. I can't wait to get shooting again back home"
- Luke Hudgins, Halifax, Nova Scotia

"Maine Media Workshops really created an atmosphere that's extremely conducive to learning many new skill sets for this industry"
- Joel Evens, Franklin, TN

"Even with 20+ years experience, a vast amount of knowledge was gained"
- Chris Voltz, San Francisco, CA

"This course really opened my eyes to the world of cinematography and production lighting"
- Jason Norris, Hampton, VA

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Bill Holshevnikoff

Bill Holshevnikoff is an award-winning Director of Photography, lighting designer and educator, Holshevnikoff has been lighting and shooting broadcast, corporate and documentary programming for over 25 years. He has created stunning lighting and imagery for clients such as Ritz-Carlton, Marriott Resorts, National Geographic, Four Seasons, Mercedes-Benz, Infinity, Cisco Systems, and for numerous television networks throughout the world. Holshevnikoff recently completed a new National Geographic special tracking the humpback whale’s migration from Hawaii to Alaska.

The Fellowship of the Whales” is airing worldwide via National Geographic and is on PBS in the U.S. He also worked for networks in Beijing at the 2008 Olympics.

For more information about Bill Holshevnikoff, visit his website!

Course Dates

Aug 17 to Aug 23



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