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Transitioning from Photography to Video

November 12, 2018 - November 16, 2018

Photo by Jessica Dimmock

Instructors: Zackary Canepari, Jessica Dimmock, Carlos Javier Ortiz
Location: Oakland, USA
Cost: $2,000 USD
Duration: 5 Days
Class size: 18
Skill level: Photographers starting to work in video
Scholarships: Yes

About the workshop

We come from the belief that photographers make great filmmakers. As still photographers, we are often taught the old adage that “if your picture isn’t good enough, you weren’t close enough.” And because of this, with a small camera in hand, we aim to get as close as possible—close to our subjects, to the emotional feel of a situation, inside of places previously unseen, close to what feels like the truth and the story. When we are introduced to video, while the tools may get heavier and more complicated, that instinct does not change. Photographers often are intimidated by this new medium, and often don’t know how to shoot, to make a scene, or where to begin. This is something that must be taught and practiced. But we, as photographers, are arriving with an incredibly rich toolkit.

This workshop is designed to help you make the transition from stills to video.  It will be be hands-on, interactive and instructional. Students should leave feeling inspired and well prepared to work on their own film projects. The class offers a road map for how to start simply and then build from there. We’ll use examples of our own work as well as work that inspires us. Topics will include: camera stabilization and motion, how to think about narrative, how to shoot for an editor, sound, workflow, and thinking beyond the boundaries of documentary film. A guest editor will also visit the class. 

Target demographic: photographers starting to work in video. Students should bring a DSLR, audio equipment if available, and tripods if available.

Lunch will be included.  Students are expected to provide their own transportation.

Students will be encouraged to stay at the Double-Tree Inn at the Berkeley Marina.


After several days of sample-based instruction in a classroom, you will work in small groups to practice your new skills and shoot various stories at the Berkeley Marina. We will conclude the class by reviewing and critiquing this footage, talking through what you encountered, and tackling obstacles that came up.


“[Jessica was] so open and honest about sharing your knowledge. [She] somehow managed to instill a sense of confidence and empowerment in me as a professional making big changes in my career and trying to implement a new direction for my work.” — Katie Nugent

Terms & Conditions

To reserve a space on a workshop, a deposit of 25% of the full workshop fee is required. Final and full payment of the balance is due no later than 120 days prior to departure. A participant’s reservation will be canceled if full payment has not been received by 120 days prior to departure. The deposit if not refundable. We strongly advise participants to take out trip cancellation insurance.

The workshop fee does not include travel, lodging, meals or transportation.

If, under exceptional circumstances, such as health or accident, the instructors are made unavailable they will be replaced with another VII photographer.

All health, travel and other potential liabilities are the responsibility of the student and should be covered adequately by their own insurance. We strongly recommend you consult with your own physician about health issues and take out travel insurance for your belongings. Please check about visa requirements which may vary depending on your nationality.

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Please email workshops@viiphoto.com for a scholarship application.


November 12, 2018
November 16, 2018
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Oakland, USA
Oakland, CA United States



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