14-17 March 2020 - The NEC, Birmingham

Talks + Demos

To help spark your creativity and improve your skills, for everyone passionate about photography and moving image

14 Mar 2020
  1. 11:00 - 11:40
    Audio for video 101 - pro sound explained

    In this session you'll learn everything you need to know to achieve professional audio on set, and the tools you'll need to process it afterwards. Alex will cover microphone types, camera audio settings, and explain the secrets of audio processing.

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  2. 13:00 - 13:40
    Understanding codecs, compression and colour

    Becoming a filmmaker or videographer can be daunting for photographers; video can seem complex with a huge variance in the type of files (codecs) being used. Here Richard demystifies the technology and explains the jargon in an accessible way.

  3. 14:00 - 14:40
    Average to exceptional: Easy steps to transform your drone footage

    David Lund explores the key to using drones cinematically and creatively for moving image. Join him as he delves into the ideas of composition, dynamic space and time to show you how to get smooth, high quality footage.

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  4. 15:00 - 15:40
    Wedding videos, but not as we know them

    Join Emma and Rick as they delve into Emma’s unconventional filming style for wedding videos, sharing clips and tips on how to convey stories about people who just happen to be getting married.

15 Mar 2020
  1. 11:00 - 11:40
    Raw video: Using compact system cameras for high-end video

    In video the benefits of a RAW workflow have been limited to big-budget, premium productions. But no more! Here, Richard rounds up the affordable tech flipping this on its head, and discusses the benefits of working with RAW and ProRes RAW for video.

  2. 12:00 - 12:40
    Wildlife filmmaking from the perspective of a photographer

    Join wildlife pro Tesni Ward to learn about some of the trials and tribulations of trying to juggle wildlife stills and video simultaneously and pick up some tips on how to tackle both at the same time.

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  3. 13:00 - 13:40
    Doubling up

    Rick Bronks will show you how to shoot both video and stills on location, with tips on setting up your camera to quickly switch between modes and how to get the most out of your kit.

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  4. 14:00 - 14:40
    Making your workflow work for you

    Mandy Dhillon talks all things workflow, sharing tips that she's learned that help make life easier. Mandy will cover kit preparation, backing up, file storage and how to keep your editing project neat and tidy.

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  5. 15:00 - 15:40
    Creating cinematic films with soul

    Using visuals from his films to illustrate, Philip White shares how he creates beautiful cinematic films with just one camera and one lens, focusing on human elements such as story, pace, depth and composition rather than technology.

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16 Mar 2020
  1. 11:00 - 11:40
    Understanding video based timelapse technologies

    Lee Fairbrother shows how timelapse can be used as a marketing tool, identifies current video hardware for any timelapse project, and covers set-up, operational and editing techniques for this emerging discipline.

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  2. 12:00 - 12:40
    The art of online storytelling

    Award winning filmmaker Imran Azam discusses what online storytelling means in 2020 and how to harness its power to open up new opportunities.

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  3. 13:00 - 13:40
    Building a career as a visual storyteller

    Filmmaker Lilla Nyeki discusses the ins and outs of building a career as a visual storyteller. She'll cover assumptions and reality when starting out, skillsets, freelancing vs being part of an organisation, managing clients, pricing and much more.

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  4. 14:00 - 14:40
    Mobile and solutions journalism: Shooting the stories

    As a video journalist with the BBC Business Unit, Dougal shoots with mobile devices for multiple formats, often working in solutions journalism. See clips of his stories, how he sets up for interviews, and learn about the kit and tech he uses daily.

  5. 15:00 - 15:40
    Small kit set-ups for broadcast and corporate filming

    BBC camera op and filmmaker Carys shares what kit you can use to make a broadcast-quality film, but also carry on public transport. We take a peek inside her kit bag as she reveals when to just get creative with the kit you have.

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  6. 16:00 - 16:40
    Shooting a BBC documentary series on an iPhone

    Robbie talks about his experiences of shooting and presenting a documentary series - Canal Boat Diaries for BBC4 - on his iPhone. He'll share how it came about, the challenges and techniques of filming to broadcast quality. With David McClelland.

17 Mar 2020
  1. 11:00 - 11:40
    Audio for video 101 - pro sound explained

    In this session you'll learn everything you need to know to achieve professional audio on set, and the tools you'll need to process it afterwards. Alex will cover microphone types, camera audio settings, and explain the secrets of audio processing.

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  2. 12:00 - 12:40
    Fashion film: all you need to know

    Jonathan Edwards discusses everything fashion film, with professional examples discussed shot-to-shot, gear selection on a budget, and an open Q&A.

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  3. 13:00 - 13:40
    Storytelling for action and adventure filmmaking

    Ellie Cartwright shares how to engage an audience in short-form storytelling and create engaging content. She'll cover style tips, advice on filming documentary interviews, and editing for social media to grab attention in the first few seconds.

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  4. 14:00 - 14:40
    Building a career as a visual storyteller

    Filmmaker Lilla Nyeki discusses the ins and outs of building a career as a visual storyteller. She'll cover assumptions and reality when starting out, skillsets, freelancing vs being part of an organisation, managing clients, pricing and much more.

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  5. 15:00 - 15:40
    Shooting low budget commercials

    Rene Strgar and Jose Prada of JR Visuals let you into the secrets of making high-end looking commercials on a tight budget, covering everything from location and background colour choices to music, editing and lighting.

  6. 16:00 - 16:40
    Below the surface - the keys to underwater video

    Matt shoots video both underwater and on land. Here he explains the challenges of underwater work and how to overcome them, covering technical aspects, kit, custom settings, getting close to animals underwater, and those all-important safety aspects.

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14 Mar 2020
  1. 13:15 - 14:30
    Unleash your creativity

    Join Chase as he unpacks and re-frames the creative process, helping us all to supercharge our innate creativity and rediscover our personal

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  2. 15:30 - 16:45
    A life through photography

    Join Susan Meiselas for a fascinating look back over four decades as a documentary photographer and insights into her most recent projects, as she delves into her approach and her life through photography.

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15 Mar 2020
  1. 13:15 - 14:30
    13 million subscribers and counting: Life as a YouTube creator

    What is it like to be a YouTube creator with 13 million followers on your channel, and how do you get there? The Slow Mo Guys' Gavin Free lets us into his life as a successful YouTuber, the career steps he took and his passion for his subject matter.

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  2. 15:30 - 16:45
    The art of high-speed cinematography

    Gavin discusses the art, technology and techniques involved, and his career path to now, where he combines this work with YouTube fame.

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16 Mar 2020
  1. 13:15 - 13:15
    Four decades of rock: A conversation with Ross Halfin

    Ross discusses his enormous catalogue, changes in music photography, his unique access and relationships with his subjects, plus his on-going passion for travel photography.

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17 Mar 2020
  1. 13:15 - 13:15
    Exposing myself: From bedroom to billboard

    Juno gives us a fascinating glimpse behind her images, from childhood and teenage years, through her projects to her commercial and editorial work with brands such as Burberry.

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  2. 15:30 - 15:30
    Creating impactful art

    Walk through Brooke's process and journey to see how anyone can begin creating groundbreaking work that positively influences others.

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14 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 11:00
    How to explode your Instagram growth

    Pro-photographer and co-founder of Mums in Business Association Estelle will share some often overlooked tips on how to grow your Instagram following organically, from the right content to use to ways to increase your engagement.

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  2. 11:30 - 12:00
    What comes first the followers or the paid jobs?

    In a world dominated by social media and appearances, is having a big following essential to 'making it' in the photography world? Chio Fernández discusses finding a balance between social media and photography work.

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  3. 12:30 - 13:00
    How to produce high-grade travel docs for YouTube

    The main pillars of content on YouTube are entertainment and education. In this session, Andy Burgess will share how he finds a balance between both with his visually pleasing YouTube videos, taking you through the whole process, start to finish.

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  4. 13:30 - 14:00
    How to be a successful influencer and content creator – we hear from the experts

    Success does not happen overnight, it takes hard work, consistency and a whole lot of engagement with an audience. Join our eclectic panel, as they share what it takes to be a success in this exciting but competitive world of influencer marketing.

  5. 14:30 - 15:00
    Growing a community of 1 million

    Craig Reilly will share the importance of engagement and how Street Photography International grew an Instagram community of over 1 million followers, giving street photographers a platform for their images to be seen across the globe.

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  6. 15:30 - 16:00
    Taking perfect photos for instagram - a social media photography toolkit

    Much of Rebecca's work involves crafting images of influencers. Here she uncovers the secrets to perfect Instagram shots, including techniques and tools, her favourite editing apps and kit, her go-to locations and why pizza is always a top prop!

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15 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 23:00
    Showcasing your work on social

    Jack balances his time between working with outdoor and tourism brands, and taking stock images. He'll discuss his approach, why he's focused on Instagram as a platform, and how it has become a showcase for his work, enabling brands to discover him.

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  2. 11:30 - 12:00
    15 tips on how to start a food photography business

    Professional food photographers Bea and Donna, will share their tips on how to build confidence and find inspiration when building an online portfolio.

  3. 12:30 - 13:00
    How to be a happier photographer

    In this session Chris Ord explains the importance of being a happy photographer in the creative world, using social media as inspiration and not a stick.

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  4. 13:30 - 14:00
    Using vlogs to build your online community

    Ben Kapur will share his hard-won learnings on creating and sharing vlogs to help engage an online audience, get the most out of YouTube, and use vlogs to complement your other social media activity.

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  5. 14:30 - 15:00
    Basics of business on Instagram

    Join Ron Timehin as he shares insight into transitioning from using Instagram for pleasure to using it for business. He will explain how creating a professional profile, and doing certain things, can gain you work with brands.

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  6. 15:30 - 16:00
    Amplify your social presence by creating a content ecosystem

    Join Eulanda, as she discusses how diversifying your content marketing strategy and focusing on building an engaged community offline is just as important to growing your following and client base.

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16 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 11:00
    How to start a podcast

    How do you start podcasting on a budget? What equipment do you need? Join Alex as he shares what you need every step of the way to record, edit and submit your podcast for publishing online.

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  2. 11:30 - 12:00
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  3. 12:30 - 13:00
    Smash your social coverage: Use your smartphone to build a better social presence

    Your smartphone is more powerful than you realise! In this session, mobile journalist Caroline Scott shows how she creates broadcast-quality video and audio with her mobile device, creating content that gains thousands of views on social media.

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  4. 13:30 - 14:00
    Growing a YouTube following to market your business

    Mandy Dhillon will explain how having a YouTube channel can help to market your business. She will touch upon key features on YouTube which can help you to grow your following.

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  5. 15:30 - 16:00
    Crafting client content with flair

    Scott works with brands the world over, making social content tailored to their specific needs. What does it take to create engaging content that makes clients come back time after time? And what are the keys to attention-grabbing social video?

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17 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 11:00
    A photographer's guide to Instagram

    Are you a photographer trying to promote your work on social? Join Kaye Ford as she explains how personality and the message you put across is what clients really want to see.

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  2. 11:30 - 12:00
    Sharing a world that I love through social media

    Macro specialist Geraint will explain how he has built a following from simply sharing what he loves, using photographic techniques and Instagram Stories to engage with his audience, and how this has helped boost his career.

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  3. 12:30 - 13:00
    So you want to be a vlogger?

    Jimmy Cheng shares everything you need to know about vlogging, from why we should pick up a camera to the secrets of editing, along with the best equipment to use in order to create engaging visual content.

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  4. 13:30 - 14:00
    Working to a brief and making it outstanding

    Join Ben Maclean as he guides you through social media campaign briefs and what it takes to deliver outstanding results. He will explain everything you need to know to exceed a brief, from location scouting to nailing the final edit.

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  5. 14:30 - 15:00
    How to grow on Instagram, become a travel photographer and work with brands

    Nick Heinimann gives his insight on why understanding Instagram is so powerful for photographers, how to build a loyal following, and how to engage with brands to develop an additional income stream.

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14 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 11:00
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  2. 11:30 - 12:00
    Improve your photography in 30 minutes

    Join Alex and Jane from London Photographic as they share key techniques to help fast track your photography learning. Covering technical and creative aspects, they'll also set some mini-challenges so you can take steps towards immediate improvement!

  3. 12:30 - 13:00
    See the streets differently

    Join co-founder of Street Photography International, Craig Reilly as he shows his process of capturing street photos, sharing how he composes his shots by making use of available light and spot metering.

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  4. 13:30 - 14:00
    10 ways to elevate your street photography

    Don’t be one of those street photographers who takes random pictures of people doing nothing in particular! Join Brian to demolish your fear of shooting on the streets, and learn techniques to make your images really stand out from the crowd.

  5. 14:30 - 15:00
    Light in the fast lane: Automotive lightpainting for stunning results

    Nigel is an award-winning photographer specialising in automotive advertising images. Here he demos lightpainting a motorcycle to create a stunning commercial image, and someone will win a limited edition print of the bike featured in this session!

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  6. 15:30 - 16:00
    Shooting an international campaign

    Edmond shares the approach he took when he was commissioned to shoot images for the international launch of a lens, explaining his methodology of choosing a range of images, some from assignments and some shot specifically for the campaign.

15 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 11:00
    E-commerce fashion shoots

    Join Urs Recher as he explains how to achieve high volume, uniform results for e-commerce fashion shoots with just three lights. Save time and money by creating perfectly clean images, first time!

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  2. 11:30 - 12:00
    Street photography is good for you!

    Learn about the mental health benefits of street photography! Then take virtual a walk with Polly Rusyn as she runs through some of her favourite images, delving into her thought process and approach to creating them.

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  3. 12:30 - 13:00
    Faces and places: Better street portraiture on your travels

    Go behind the scenes with travel photographer Jacob James to discover the techniques he uses to create more engaging travel and street portraiture. Covering composition, lighting, gear choices and more.

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  4. 13:30 - 14:00
    Portraits with atmosphere on location – making the most of any location

    In this live shoot Gavin Hoey will take you through how he approaches a location portrait shoot, working with the scene and developing ideas. You’ll discover how to capture AND create atmosphere by mixing ambient light and small, portable flash.

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  5. 14:30 - 15:00
    Great street photography on the fly

    Ross gives the low-down on all things street and will leave you raring to get out there and get creative. He'll talk through the practicalities and his own experiences, as well as appraising some images to help you know what to look for.

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  6. 15:30 - 16:00
    Shoot close to home. Get better pictures.

    Join urban wildlife specilist Matthew as he shares tips on getting great wildlife shots close to home. Learn how photographing urban wildlife can be technically challenging, making the reward of getting great images even better.

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  7. 16:30 - 17:00
    Overcoming the fear!

    Suzanne has stepped beyond her boundaries to approach people and gain access to places she never thought she would. Here she shares her philosophy to travel and documentary photography, and how to overcome the fear to get the photos you want.

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16 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 11:00
    Urban abstracts

    Steve Gosling loves finding abstract images in towns or cities, constantly looking for photos based on lines, shapes, shadows, patterns, textures and reflections. Learn how to find photogenic subjects in the everyday by looking beyond the obvious.

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  2. 11:30 - 12:00
    What makes a great street image?

    Join Mark to explore what makes a great street image, looking at key techniques like layering, colour and juxtaposition. Discover great locations for street photography, and getting the confidence to get up close to subjects on the street.

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  3. 12:30 - 13:00
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  4. 13:30 - 14:00
    Down the garden path - back garden wildlife and nature photography

    Victoria Hillman shares tips on making your garden wildlife and photography friendly ready for you to get out there with your camera, the best ways to shoot different subjects, and how garden photography can help improve your images overall.

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  5. 14:30 - 15:00
    The art of street photography

    In this session, Jeff will discuss his street photography. He will demonstrate what he looks for, how he uses light and composition and how his work blurs the lines between street and pictorial photography

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  6. 15:30 - 16:00
    Panel: Women Who Photo & Film

    Members of our Women Who Photo & Film group share the stage to discuss their experiences of building a profile in photography and moving image. Join them for an honest and open insight on what it takes to be successful, the challenges and triumphs.

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17 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 11:00
    Real-life street photography for real-world clients

    Hugh will show case studies of two long-term street photography projects for which he's recently been commissioned. As well as explaining his shooting strategy and techniques, he'll cover methods you can use to monetise your street photography work.

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  2. 11:30 - 12:00
    Street food photography - capturing images with atmosphere

    Learn what makes a great food image as Esther live demos techniques to capture the atmosphere of street food. She'll cover isolating using depth of field, creating a narrative with colour and shape, and using ingredients as props to add vibrancy.

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  3. 12:30 - 13:00
    How to capture our beautiful world

    Hear from star music photographer Christie Goodwin as she discusses her own photography journey and the importance of photography in general. She'll explain the visual language she uses and the ins and outs of music photography, ending with a Q&A.

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  4. 13:30 - 14:00
    How to find locations for fashion and portrait photography

    Join Jay McLaughlin for a session filled with tips to assist you when scouting locations for your fashion photo shoots, including what makes the ideal backdrop, finding light after dark, and where you can and can't shoot.

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  5. 14:30 - 15:00
    Off-guard: Taking a candid shot

    Pixie gives tips on getting the best candid shots, the kit she travels with, and how best to approach people for portraits when out and about. She'll also talk through her favourite street shots.

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  6. 15:30 - 16:00
    On assignment with Wiltshire Air Ambulance

    As Wiltshire Air Ambulance celebrates 30 years, Terry spent three days with the pilots and paramedics to get a unique insight into the charity’s work. Here he shares some of these images and gives insight into the challenges he faced obtaining them.

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14 Mar 2020
  1. 11:00 - 11:30
    Add a camera or two

    Learn all about multi-cam shooting as Rick Bronks explains how to set up your cameras and how to use the footage to construct interesting visual stories.

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  2. 12:00 - 12:30
    Making a YouTube video... LIVE

    Join Luke Curtis as he creates YouTube video with you, live, showing the results of his setup. He will share the process of planning, shooting and sharing videos on YouTube, getting the best audio and what lighting to use.

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  3. 13:00 - 13:30
    Visual imagery and soundscapes: Capturing the raw feel of a wedding day

    Matt Thompson's filmmaking pays careful attention to each story's individuality and character with a focus on fun. Here, Matt discusses his creative process, his approach to creating soundscapes and how to capture the raw feel of a wedding day.

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  4. 14:00 - 14:30
    Camera, action, drone!

    With drones now commonly part of the action on-set from major blockbusters to TV, corporate films and weddings, how do you make your footage stand out and make the shots sing on screen and in your edit? Carys answers these common questions and more.

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  5. 15:00 - 15:30
    The importance of sound in visual storytelling

    Internet filmmaker Andy Burgess talks about sound effects, audio and the creative processes behind his global projects, which most recently has seen him travel to Singapore, Venice and Hawaii.

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  6. 16:00 - 16:30
    A filmmaker's toolbox

    Examining today's nifty kit in comparison to a filmmaker's toolbox from just five years ago, Andre shows how drones, cameras and gimbals can be paired up to work together, demonstrating that you really can have a whole production suite in your bag.

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15 Mar 2020
  1. 11:00 - 11:30
    How to set up multiple cameras and audio devices for a wedding ceremony

    One of the major challenges of filming a wedding is setting up multiple cameras and audio equipment for the ceremony. Join wedding pro Emma Wilson as she shows us just that, explaining the choices she makes and how they impact her final product.

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  2. 12:00 - 12:30
    Making a YouTube video... LIVE

    Join Luke Curtis as he creates YouTube video with you, live, showing the results of his setup. He will share the process of planning, shooting and sharing videos on YouTube, getting the best audio and what lighting to use.

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  3. 13:00 - 13:30
    Unravelling the secrets behind a short edit

    In this demonstration Philip White uncovers some of the tips and tricks he uses to bring to life his short films. From sound design to colour grading, this walk through explores many simple but effective techniques.

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  4. 14:00 - 14:30
    Multi-channel HD video can be afforable and easy

    Richard Warburton unlocks the secrets and benefits to multi-channel HD video, showing how live switching between two, three or even four cameras can be affordable and easy, and covering the latest tech and its applications.

  5. 15:00 - 15:30
    The importance of sound in visual storytelling

    Internet filmmaker Andy Burgess talks about sound effects, audio and the creative processes behind his global projects, which most recently has seen him travel to Singapore, Venice and Hawaii.

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  6. 16:00 - 16:30
    Getting pro results with gimbals

    Join us for this expert session covering techniques and tips for using gimbals in your work. Discover the benefits of gimbal technology and how best to use it in your workflow for professional results, whatever kind of content you're making.

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16 Mar 2020
  1. 11:00 - 11:30
    How to set up multiple cameras and audio devices for a wedding ceremony

    One of the major challenges of filming a wedding is setting up multiple cameras and audio equipment for the ceremony. Join wedding pro Emma Wilson as she shows us just that, explaining the choices she makes and how they impact her final product.

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  2. 12:00 - 12:30
    How to use 360 cameras to capture epic stories with no crew

    Video creator Shanil gives us the low-down 360 cameras for mobile storytellers and journalists - 'mojos' for short. He'll delve into how 360 cameras work and how they enable 'mojos' to be a one-person crew and get more creative with their stories.

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  3. 13:00 - 13:30
    The magic of mirrorless

    Jim Marks shows how (and why) he's built up his mirrorless camera into a full-blown cinema rig, and how all the kit works together.

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  4. 14:00 - 14:30
    How to tell better stories with the production studio you already own – your smartphone

    Mobile journalist Caroline demonstrates how your smartphone can produce pro-quality video fit for broadcast, online and social. Whether you want to create news packages, short films, promotional content or social memes – she's got you covered.

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  5. 15:00 - 15:30
    Big up your rig - taking your mobile kit to the max

    Keeping your mobile kit small but powerful is key to capturing the story with minimal fuss. Rick will take you through some nice additions, such as audio and lighting that will enable you to get killer audio and pictures with minimum stress and fuss.

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  6. 16:00 - 16:30
    Great audio will make your video

    Join Sennheiser's experts for an in-depth look at sound techniques for video. Great sound in your films can make all the difference and this session will leave you full of ideas to apply to yours.

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17 Mar 2020
  1. 11:00 - 11:30
    Great audio will make your video

    Join Sennheiser's experts for an in-depth look at sound techniques for video. Great sound in your films can make all the difference and this session will leave you full of ideas to apply to yours.

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  2. 12:00 - 12:30
    White balance - the key to perfect colour

    Nailing your white balance is essential to getting perfect colours in your footage. In this session, Jose and Rene discuss this process and how to get a perfect custom white balance in different situations.

  3. 13:00 - 13:30
    Live stream from a backpack: Getting live streaming into your workflow

    Simon shows how it's possible to livestream to social channels and even TV from a backpack. Learn how to get live streaming into your workflow, and the many useful applications including social streaming, news coverage, weddings and more!

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  4. 14:00 - 14:30
    Multi-channel HD video can be affordable and easy

    Richard Warburton unlocks the secrets and benefits to multi-channel HD video, showing how live switching between two, three or even four cameras can be affordable and easy, and covering the latest tech and its applications.

  5. 15:00 - 15:30
    Multiple camera interview set-ups

    Nick Driftwood gives a step by step guide to setting up interview scenarios with multiple cameras. From camera positioning to lighting, timecodes to audio, Nick will show you failsafe set-ups to get it right every time.

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Stages + theatres

Here's what to expect from the 2020 show