From Still to Moving Image


This course runs at the same time every week over five weeks

In 2008 Canon introduced the 5D Mark II changing the landscape of photography with its added video component. Originally designed to be used by photojournalists reporting on the news, the video function presented photographers and filmmakers with new creative possibilities.

Today, DSLR short films have received Oscar nominations, with major films and TV shows utilising the DSLR's incredible low light capabilities but the process is not as simple as just pressing the record button.

This course is designed to introduce photographers to the possibilities of moving image on a DSLR. Over five-weeks experienced photographer and videographer Hugh Hamilton will cover the unique requirements of shooting and editing video, working with audio and how to put it all together.

Students work towards producing a short 1-minute video for exhibition in our student show, Photostart and publication on Instagram.

Topics include:

  • Motion-capture
  • Time-lapse
  • Cinemagraphs
  • Sound
  • Colour Grading
  • Editing

Sydney and Los Angeles based photographer Hugh Hamilton was one of the earliest adopters of digital capture in Australia and he also made an early transition in adding video capture to his skills base. Hugh undertakes both still and video assignments for clients including Google, University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), Sydney Writers Festival, SMH, The New York Times, NPR and many others.

Prerequisites and Requirements

  • Camera Craft 2, or relevant experience
  • Note book and pen
  • A tripod
  • Covered shoes are compulsory
  • Photoshop CC/ Lightroom and iMovie for practice at home
  • Bring your own DSLR or Mirrorless (MILC) camera (charged batteries and memory card) that can capture video. If you are unsure please search your camera brand and model for clarification


Tutorial Room 3
Building 22
National Art School
Forbes St & Burton St
Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010

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Image courtesy and © Hugh Hamilton.