The School of Media and Communication (SMC), Pan-Atlantic University, is conducting a film production course on three levels. The Professional Camera Skills is for the first level, which holds on February 22nd – 27th, 2016.

From the days of the extremely basic hand-cranked devices to the extremely sophisticated film and HD cameras of today – the cameraman has been the visual eye of the director and the importance of a cameraman to any video project can not be downplayed. As such it is essential that a cameraman has the skillset to deliver the vision of a director. This course will explore the various camera techniques and challenges of various shooting conditions. Understanding basic photography or videography is essential in the learning process.


Digital Video Formats

-Still Photography

-Directing ( developing a visual eye)

-Lensing – Filters

-Lighting – 3 point lighting – Lighting for Chroma


- Focusing

- Angles)


-Single camera production

-Multi camera production

-Lensing, Framing and Composition

- Camera and Gear options

-Camera Movements and Continuity

- Mise-en-Scene


-Commercial / Documentary

-Music Video


-Creative Photography

Module Synopses

Video formats: Understanding cameras and video formats is an important part of filming. The level of compression, whether H264, ProRes, Raw, 4K, DV, influences the how much light is used, white balance and editing workflow. This module will take you through the different file formats, their properties and work flow

Still photography: The basis of video production remains still photography, and understanding the principle of photography becomes key. This module will explore and dissect the principles behind the functions of a camera from aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, sensor sizes and their relationship to lights etc.

Lensing & Filters: A very important part of photography is lensing, the right choice of lens adds significant actionable visual perception and wrong choice of lens adds no more value than the obvious. The key job of any visualist, which cameramen are, is to create aesthetics and managing perception is key to this process. Lenses are the weapons of any cameraman and this module will explore the various types of lenses and their visual effects

Lighting: Lighting is key to video and understanding the principles of lighting goes a long way to enhancing the aesthetics of any picture. This module will explore the principles of three point lighting and its importance.

Directing: This module brings together everything taught in the above modules and applies them in the directorial process. Since the job of a cameraman is to interpret the directors brief visually, this module focuses on helping cameraman see things through the eyes of a director.

For Whom: Existing & aspiring camera men, script writers, university graduates and all those interested in improving their camera skills.

Course Fees: N285,000 per participant. Cover course materials, tea and lunch.

Certificate: A certificate of participation will be awarded to participants who attend all the modules and fulfill the requirements of the programme.

Venue: School of Media and Communication (SMC) Pan-Atlantic University, Main Campus, Km 52 Lekki-Epe Expressway, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

Date: To Be Advised

Enquiries and Registration:

Further information on all SMC programmes and activities can be obtained online @ or by calling

Isaac – 0803 346 0440, 0708 034 9378

Opeyemi Gazali – 0806 638 5629, 0805 812 7207

Email – 

or from our office at School of Media and Communication (SMC), Pan-Atlantic University, Main Campus, Km 52 Lekki-Epe Expressway, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

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