HDSLR and Compact Camera Cinematography


In recent years, Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) Cameras from companies like Canon, Panasonic, Nikon and Sony etc which were typically designed for shooting still images are now capable of shooting high resolution video as well. This enabled end users to achieve very professional images by using high quality photographic lenses to shoot their video. As these DSLR cameras that could shoot HD video became more commonly used, they began to be called HDSLR cameras. Hot on the heels of the HDSLR revolution, other companies like Blackmagic Design began creating cameras which kept the small form factor of the HDSLR and packed in even more video features such as 4k and RAW video recording

Takeup in the media industry has been high ,but many videographers DP's and cinematographers may not know how to optimise shooting with this new generation of cameras and the various tips ,tricks and workarounds to ensure they get the best results.
AV8 Media has specifically designed this course to address these concerns.

Course Duration:
3 Days (9.30 am to 5.30 pm)

24 - 26 July 2018 (Tue - Thu) - Conducted by Derrick Loo

Course Fee:
S$1500 per person before GST
S$1605 per person after GST

Target Audience: 
DoP's, Videographers and Directors

Equipment & Requirements

• Possess intermediate to advanced videography experience
• Preferably already own a HDSLR or compact camera & lens. This is not essential though.
• Professional HDSLR and compact camera  equipment will be provided

Attendees are more than welcome to bring your own equipment and lenses. A significant part of this workshop involves outdoor shooting .
As such, participants should dress comfortably and be prepared to carry their own equipment. With Singapore's weather being what It is,it would also advisable to be prepared for wet weather(umbrella/raincoat etc)

Course Outline

Introduction-What is a 'High Definition Single Lens Reflex' camera?

  • Characteristics, Form & Functions of the HDSLR
  • Other Compact professional video cameras

Digital Cinematography on the Compact Camera 

  • ISO Film Speed & Noise (vs Gain Settings)
  • Bokeh
  • The HDSLR Electronic Shutter Speed
  • Frame Rates
  • Progressive vs Interlace
  • Compressions & Bitrates

DSLR Models & Other Cameras

  • The Image Sensor
  • The DSLR Sensor - What is 'Full Frame'?
  • Sensor Size Comparision between HDSLR and other Compact cameras
  • Price Comparision between HDSLR and other Compact cameras

Video Characteristics of DSLRs

  • Defective Pixels
  • Aliasing & Moire
  • Rolling Shutter Effects
  • Overheating
  • HDMI Output

Choosing the Right Lens

  • Primes
  • Zooms
  • Still Photography vs Cine Lens
  • Crop Factor & Focal Length Multiplier
  • Lens Review by Shane Hurlbut (excerpt taken from Shane Hurlbut, ASC)


  • Choosing the right storage media (Compact Flash Card/SD card/SSD)
  • Transferring Files
  • Data Wrangling

Audio Support for the DSLR and compact video camera

  • On Camera Audio 
  • Separate System Audio Recording
  • Customizing/Modifying your compact camera 

Transforming the DSLR

  • Base Systems & Cages
  • Handheld Rigs
  • Focus Systems
  • Mattebox / Filter Holders
  • DSLR Viewfinders
  • Electronic Viewfinders
  • Field Monitors (HDMI)

Shooting with the Compact Video Camera - Functions, Rules & Tips

  • Focusing with Photographic Lenses
  • Locking the Shutter Speed
  • Neutral Density Filters
  • Controlling the F/Stop
  • Disabling Auto Functions
  • White Balance
  • Canon DSLR Electronic ISO & Noise Levels
  • Panning
  • Understanding & Optimizing the Picture Styles
  • Stretching the Latitude ('Shooting for Post')
  • Choosing the Right Picture Style
  • Using & Understanding the Histogram
  • Shooting Time Lapse
  • Getting the 'Right Gear for the Right Job'

Camera motion with a DSLR or compact camera 

  • Manual Sliders
  • Motion Control Sliders
  • Glidecam/Steadicam
  • Jib Arms

Discussion and footage review  of 

  • Customized Helmet Mounts
  • Tyler MiniGyro
  • RC Helicopter Rigs

Post Production Workflow

  • H.264 Native Video Recording
  • Transcoding Methods
  • The DSLR Post Workflow
  • The Blackmagic RAW Post Workflow
  • Image Correction Softwares & Plug-Ins
  • Basic Editing
  • Basic Coloring & Exporting
  • Advanced Time Lapse (HDR & Post Production)
  • Conclusion

Understanding & Working with the DSLR

  • Maximizing the DSLR's potential
  • Current & Future Role of the HDSLR
  • Comparison between the HDSLR and  Compact RAW video cameras such as the Blackmagic Cinema Cam

About the Instructors

Derrick Loo


Derrick Loo was trained in economics but  it soon became clear that his strongest passion lay  in cinematography. His ability to create meaningful visuals and aesthetics in his films has led to a number of successful collaborations with other award winning Singaporean filmmakers. With a good eye for details, Derrick has, over the years, lensed a huge variety of projects, including feature films, TV spots, documentary, short narrative projects, MTVs, corporate projects etc, tand has hus developed a unique versatility .

In 2009, Derrick was nominated for Best Cinematographer in the 5th Asian Festival of First Films. And in 2015 he  won Best Cinematography (Long Form) at the Apollo Awards.

Derrick has conducted courses for various local institutions isince 2011. This includes Lasalle College where he conducted camera operation and Lighting courses  and Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of Film and Media Studies where he taught Practical Cinematography . His showreel can be seen below and more of his work can be seen at http://derrickloo.com/

About the Instructor

Lim Teck Siang


Lim Teck Siang is formally trained in the discipline of filmmaking and currently pursuing his career in professional cinematography. In both commercial and independent work, he is known for his knowledge of narrative film techniques, expertise in cinematographic technology, as well as his strong collaborative spirit and effective team leadership.

He has lensed projects for top Singapore directors Boo Junfeng, Anthony Chen, Tai Heng, Warren Klass, Jasmine Ng, Brian Gothong Tan, Royston Tan, and Wilson Yip. As a strong supporter of the Singapore film industry, he also works regularly with emerging local directors.

Notable works include:

  •     "Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month", an independent short film directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad, which premiered in competition at the 56th Semaine de la Critique in Cannes.
  •     "For We Are Strangers", an independent short film directed by Nicole Midori Woodford, which premiered in the Wide Angle section at the 2015 Busan International Film Festival and was shortlisted for the Asian Short Film competition. The film was also shortlisted for Southeast Asian Short Film competition at the 2015 Singapore International Film Festival.
  •     "Afterimages", an independent horror feature directed by Tony Kern, which won Best Feature in the 11th Eerie Horror Film Festival 2014.
  •     "Mu Dan", directed by Lincoln Chia, which won Best Cinematography and Best Actor at the 2010 Singapore International Film Festival Silver Screen Awards.
  •     "Promises In December", directed by Elgin Ho, which won the 2010 Best Film and Best Director Silver Screen Awards.
  •     "Threshold", directed by Loo Zihan, which premiered in the Wide Angle section of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in 2009.

Teck Siang is an alumni of the Asian Film Academy program held yearly in conjunction with the Busan International Film Festival. He has a Bachelor's Degree in filmmaking from the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University.

He has worked with with a variety of formats including film,and the RED One and is an early adopter of the HDSLR,having shot documentaries, short films, corporate work and commercials on the Canon 5D/7D.

Teck Siang has conducted training for many of AV8 Media's clients  including Nanyang Polytechnic,Canon Singapore ,jooja ! Advertising and the Ministry of Education.

His showreel can be seen at http://www.tecksiang.com/