Beginners Courses

Courses for beginners.

Video Editing with Premiere Pro CC

12 September 2017 - 24 October 2017
18 HOURS
TUESDAY
18.00 - 21.00
Tutor: 
Andrew Mckelvey

Edit your own short film using Adobe editing software Premiere Pro CC. The course will cover the practical techniques and expand upon the creative possibilities offered by Premiere Pro. You will learn how to edit your video and sound and apply simple titles and effects alongside digital file management for a smooth and easy editing process.

The course will highlight the range of applications Premiere Pro offers in the production of professional and experimental video. Computer experience is required. 

**Please note there will be a week break during these dates, with no course on Tuesday 26 September.**

Course Outline

Week 1: In the beginning... Introduction to Editing and Premiere Pro

  • A short history of editing – analogue to digital
  • Getting to know the layout of the program
  • Working with clip bins and creating sequences
  • Making selects from the rushes and sound files by creating in and out points
  • Introducing the clips to the Timeline and making a simple edit with music
  • Understanding rendering for smooth full quality playback

Week Two: Making Editing Easy - Offline Editing – Organisation of project and breaking down footage

  • Transcoding - converting the footage into an editable file and understanding codecs and meta data
  • Understanding the importance of scratch disks
  • Video ingest – importing and organizing clips
  • Organising and breaking down rushes using annotated markers and sub-clips
  • Introducing audio and music to the timeline, cutting and leveling
  • Re-linking lost footage
  • Basics of the effects and motion settings

Week Three: Story Telling – Building narrative and understanding the power of editing in film and documentary

  • Learn different editing techniques to build a comprehensive narrative
  • Sync video and sound by timecode and clapper board
  • Work with footage with sync-sound shot for the medium of film and documentary to create a flowing piece of dialogue
  • Using cut-aways and non-sync footage to build narrative and experimenting with subverting the conventions of these formats

Week Four: Sound and Soundtrack - Understanding the importance of sound design and music for narrative and atmosphere in film and experimental video

  • Learn how to enhance your film with sound and music
  • Laying down music and cutting the footage to fit
  • Building sound design around an existing edit with sync-sound and SFX.
  • Learn how sound can change the mood of a piece by creating a comedy and drama version of the same edit.
  • Building sound and video together to create an experimental piece
  • Mastering the audio and making sure that it is all leveled
Week Five: Art Attack! Online Editing - Applying simple effects, titles and compositing basics
  • Adjusting scale and positioning and using motion keyframes to create movement over time
  • Adding titles and animating them
  • Applying transitions and various stock video effects
  • Layering tracks and using opacity and different layer blending effects
  • Creating masks and using motion tracking
  • Working with green-screen footage, creating mattes, mask filters and working with multiple layers

Week Six: Delivery - Colour correcting, mastering video and sound, exporting project and uploading online
Learn what is required before ‘delivering’ or exporting your final film

  • Using Lumetri Colour Effects, the colour correcting function within Premiere Pro CC
  • Working with tracked masks to isolate certain areas within your image to colour correct
  • The best ways of exporting your film for online
  • Conforming your project if working with offline proxies
  • Compressing video and uploading online

 

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

 

Waged: 
£199.00
concession: 
£179.00

Darkroom Photography: Intro to Black & White

7 November 2017 - 28 November 2017
12 HOURS
TUESDAY
18.00 - 21.00
Tutor: 
Morwenna Kearsley

Any good photography is a successful synthesis of technique and art.” Andreas Feininger

Discover the magic of Black & White Photography and learn some of the secrets the masters use to make stunning photographs. Explore the fundamentals of light and time and no longer be a slave to the Auto setting. Master the manual functions of your 35mm SLR film camera and unlock its true potential. Get to grips with the complete darkroom workflow from processing film to printing your own black & white photographs.

Perfect for those with no experience or those looking for a full refresher. If you don't have a SLR camera we have a limited number of available for use during the course - please ask about availability at time of booking.

 

Course Outline

Week 1 Capture, technical notes, discussions, art context.
Understand the fundamentals of light and time in balancing an accurate exposure; No longer be a slave to the Auto setting! Know how to utilise the Manual functions of their 35mm SLR camera;Understand film types, film speed, depth of field, different lenses and how to use them creatively; Appreciate photography within an art context - Begin to look at the work of other photographers.

Assignment: You will be given a project and one roll of B&W film to be shot for the second week 

Week 2 Film processing:
Learn how to process B&W film by hand in Stills’ darkrooms. We will discuss different film types and chemistry, as well as best practice procedures for film handling.  Appreciate photography within an art context - Look at the work of photographer Nan Goldin

Week 3 Contact printing:
Gain an appreciation of general darkroom procedures; Experiment with photograms, learn contact printing and printing from negatives. All paper and chemistry will be provided

Week 4 Darkroom printing:
This last session will allow participants to keep on printing with some one to one attention. We will also explore some basic dodging and burning and other printing techniques to get the most from your negatives.

Stills uses ILFORD PHOTO chemicals on this course that can potentially pose a risk to pregnant and breast feeding women and asthmatics. 

 We take every care to ensure good working practices and adequate ventilation in our darkrooms. If you feel you may be adversely affected, please see below for links to the Safety Data Sheets on the relevant chemicals you will be using during the course, or visit the Health and Safety section of Ilford’s website for further information.

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

 

Waged: 
£165.00
concession: 
£145.00

Digital SLR Photography (Wednesday)

8 November 2017 - 29 November 2017
12 HOURS
WEDNESDAY
18.00 - 21.00
Tutor: 
Kat Gollock

Master the camera and post processing skills required to produce an end result that matches your creative vision and expectations. This practical and fun course enables participants to fully explore the essential camera and Photoshop skills you need to produce stunning digital photographs. Experienced tutor Kat Gollock helps you harness your creative potential in four engaging and empowering sessions. De-mystify the technical jargon and unlock your DSLR camera’s full potential. Learn Photoshop from a photographer’s perspective and the essential skills you need to really make your images shine.

If you don’t have a digital SLR we can often provide one for you - please let us know at time of booking to confirm. You can also use your interchangeable or fixed lens system, mirrorless or rangefinder camera on this course.
Bridge cameras without interchangeable lenses can be used too, but please note that they may not allow the full range of camera controls.

Computer experience is beneficial.

Course Outline

Week 1: Camera. 

You will be guided through the manual settings of your Digital SLR camera, fully exploring how to capture light and time in a single image. Learn how to generate accurate exposures through aperture and shutter speed control, and how to read digital histograms of the results. Understand and feel confident using ISO and colour balance settings, focus modes and depth of field, and how/when to apply them creatively.

Week 2: Creating. 

Put into practice all the camera features discussed and demonstrated in Week 1 on a walk around town. You will then return to the gallery for a demonstration of Photoshop techniques. 

Week 3: Composition. 

After some time to practice editing images in photoshop, Week 3 will introduce you to photographic composition, history and appreciation.

Week 4: Critique 

Continue applying relevant editing techniques learnt during the course to the images shot over the course duration. On completion, the group will have an informal and supportive discussion and feedback session provided by the tutor and peers. 

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

 

Waged: 
£175.00
concession: 
£155.00

Sound Recording and Editing for Artists & Filmmakers

4 November 2017 - 5 November 2017
10 HOURS
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
11:00 - 17:00
Tutor: 
Gavin Fort

Employing a mix of practical exercises and critical reflection, this introductory weekend course provides an overview of fundamental techniques for recording and editing voice, location and foley sounds for film and art installations using industry standard software and popular, high quality microphones and portable recording devices including recording direct to camera.

Topics include properties of sound, microphone selection and placement, gain structure,  effective planning, boom operation, noise limiting and reduction, sound editing, sound dynamics, sound processing and spatial effects, editing sound to picture. Computer experience is required.

Course Outline

Microphone Selection - Why and when to use.
Applications, characteristics, limitations
Mic type - Dynamic, Condenser, Lavalier, Shotgun, Boundary, Stereo, Binaural
Polar Patterns -Omni, Cardoid, Attenuated, Others

Practical Microphone Placement and Technique
Critical distance, Proximity effect, Shielding, simple acoustic treatments, filtering
Lavalier Mic - Positioning, preventing distortion & rustles
Booming - Positioning, preventing mic bumps
Stereo Mics - Phase issues

Editing Techniques (fades, looping)
Building a mix
Basic sound processing, noise reduction and dynamics (channel strips, EQ and compression)
Insert effects (modulation, filtering, distortion!!!!)
Send effects (delay, reverb)
Automation (of volume, panning etc)
Bussing (sending signals to multiple fx)
Mastering effects (limiting)
Exporting and file types

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

 

Waged: 
£145.00
concession: 
£125.00
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