Camera and Lens Course


FilmSkills Camera and Lens Course
  • 3-month course
  • 15-lessons
  • 3 hours, 45 minutes of video
  • Projects and Exercises
  • Illustrated Companion Guides
  • Downloadable Class Materials
  • Industry-Leading Instructors
  • Certificate of Completion


Master the Most Powerful Tool In Your Toolkit
“EXT. French Rivera Resort – Day” doesn’t look great when it’s out of focus or underexposed. No matter how brilliant the acting, vibrant the set, or spectacular the script – the entire world created by a talented cast and crew must pass through the lens and be captured on camera.  So understanding how the camera lens can shape the world is one of the most powerful tools in the cinematographer’s arsenal.
In the FilmSkills Camera and Lens Course, we will demystify the camera and lens, giving you techniques used in Hollywood every day.  Academy Award-winning and Emmy-winning cinematographers teach you focusing and exposure techniques. Learn how to use the Zone System, work with the latitude of your camera, use the secret power of focal length, and how to use the shutter for technical and artistic shots. We also cover how to use macro focus, lens care, the science of lenses, and the role of the camera crew on set.
The FilmSkills Camera and Lens course is one of the most thorough and complete cinematography courses available and is adaptable to whatever camera type you’re using – whether it’s a DSLR or Arri Alexa.  Learn from the best and unlock the power of your camera to produce professional results with the FilmSkills Camera and Lens Course.


Each lesson will take you through each step of Camera and Lens Course process.

Introduction to Lenses

Learn about the attributes of the camera lens and how to choose the best lens for your production

Lens Care

Learn how to properly handle and care for a camera lens


This module focuses on the first ring of the camera lens - the focus ring.  Learn how to properly set focus, set focus marks, rack focus and work with the hyperfocal point.


Learn how to properly determine the exposure of your shot

The Zone System

Learn how to use the zone system to determine the proper exposure for your shot

Focal Length

Learn how changes in the focal length affect the shot, both creatively and technically


Macro Focus

Learn to use macro focus when you're shooting a subject within the minimum focus of the lens.

Back Focus

Learn how to properly identify if the back focus is out on a camera and how to resolve it.

The Shutter

Learn to use the shutter and how it affects the exposure and look of the image


Learn about the gain function and when to use it.

Camera Operator
Learn the duties and responsibilities of the camera operator both on and off the set.
1st Assistant Camera
Learn the duties and responsibilities of the 1st Assistant Camera.
2nd Assistant Camera
Learn the duties and responsibilities of the 2nd Assistant Camera on set


FilmSkills features top industry professionals, any of whom are leaders in their field. You will be learning from best.

Bruce Block

Producer, "The Holiday,” "Something's Gotta Give,” "What Women Want,” and Author of "The Visual Story"

Harry C. Box

Camera Operator, "Heroes," "Brothers and Sisters," and Author of "The Set Lighting Technician's Handbook"

Blain Brown

Cinematographer, Author, "Cinematography: Theory and Practice" and "Motion Picture and Video Lighting"

Michael Bravin

Digital Acquisitions Expert "Spy Kids", and Star Wars series

John Gresch

Vice President, ARRI Inc.'s Lighting Division

Laura Beth Love

Cinematographer, "Zen and the Art of Senioritis", and "Little Magdeline"

David Stump, ASC

Academy Award and Emmy-winning cinematographer, "A Quantum of Solace", "Flight Plan", "Fantastic Four", and "X-Men"

Lance Fisher S.O.C.

Camera Operator, "House M.D.", "Blade: Trinity", "The Shield"

Jeff Cree

Emmy-winning cameraman, digital technologies specialist

Ron Sill

Gaffer, "Christmas in Connecticut," "Iron Eagle," and "Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby"

Drew Lauer

Camera Operator, "Drive," "SportScience," "Smashlab," "Known Universe"

Jason J. Tomaric

Emmy-winning director/Cinematographer

Rick Taylor

Camera Operator, "Don Jon", "The Price of Happiness", "Timecode", "Perfect Game", "Team Knight Rider", "Ghostbusters" and "He-Man"

"Full of work books and resources, FilmSkills as a whole is highly comprehensive. From up and coming film makers, to new indi and low budget to no budget filming to film industry people of all walks and disciplines, FilmSkills is a must."