Introduction to Canon 5D Cinematography


Next Course Dates: TO BE CONFIRMED email info [at] screenacademyscotland [dot] ac [dot] uk to express interest in this course
Venue: Screen Academy Scotland, 2A Merchiston Ave, Edinburgh, EH10 4NU
Fee: £300/ £240 concessions (we do not charge VAT)

You could get £200 towards the cost of your fees with an ILA account: more info here.
Or Businesses and Freelancers could get £500 with SDS Flexible Funding: more info here

Booking deadline: TBC

A 2 day intensive hands-on training workshop for photographers, producers, visual artists, directors, actors and anyone wanting to learn more about how to shoot video on a Canon 5D stills camera.  Cinematographer David Liddell will lead a practical course with shooting and lighting exercises and 1 Canon 5D Mark II camera will be available between 2 course participants so that everyone gets a chance to shoot with the camera. Maximum of 8 course participants overall.  You will learn an overview of the camera and lenses, what kit and accessories are available for filmmaking, how to record clean audio and the Final Cut Pro workflow from shoot to output. Course participants will be given a handout to take away at the end of the course to review with technical information about using the Canon 5D to shoot digital video.

Course Overview:

Day 1

How to operate the camera (iso, exposure, aperture, shutter, picture profile, white balance, focus, record sound)

Practical exercise 1: shoot a small scene (from different genre scripts) with tutor's supervision and help 

Review of Practical exercise 

Lighting for the Canon 5D Hands-on demonstration (different moods and genres)

Practical Exercise 2: shoot tests/ideas/experiment with lights

Day 2

Recap and review of Practical Exercise 2 from Day 1

Practical Exercise 3: Groups have one hour each to shoot the same genre scene from Day 1 but this time with lighting and tips they've picked up and with tutor's supervision and help

Review of Practical Exercise 3

Post Production Workflow

Final questions

David Liddell is an award winning Cinematographer and graduate of the NFTS Cinematography MA.  His undergraduate film Hikikomori was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Short Film and won Best Cinematography Award at Scottish Students on Screen.  He currently works professionally shooting Television Commercials, Music Promos and Documentaries. Visit his website:

Who’s it for?

Stills photographers and visual artists and other creative practictioners who are new to shooting video on the Canon 5D, producers who want to make informed decisions about shooting on a Canon 5D camera and anyone who wants to learn more about Canon 5D cinematography.

What people have said
‘The tutor was very helpful and knowledgeable’
‘The technical facilities and support were excellent’
‘Good value for money’

How to book
Please click here to visit our 'How to Book a Short Course' page and download a booking form.

If you have any questions please contact us at info [at] screenacademyscotland [dot] ac [dot] uk or call 0131 455 2572