Workshop Registration

DSLR Cameras for Video

DSLR continues to democratize filmmaking with low cost and high quality images. Bring your own camera to explore the possibilities of DSLR video. This workshop focuses on incorporating DSLR footage into your film and/or digital projects. Technical, creative and logistical questions will be addressed as well as the practicality and efficiency of accessories such as an external monitor, matte box and follow focus. Also up for discussion will be strategies for managing iris settings and shutter speeds—and what to do if you also want to shoot stills.

Participants may bring their own video capable DSLR camera, but it is not required to take this class. If you will be bringing a camera, knowing the basics functions of your camera is required. The Camera Theory workshop or equivalent experience is required as a prerequisite to this workshop. 

Please note that a workshop does not substitute the need for LIFT members to perform a proficiency test in order to rent particular LIFT equipment and/or facilities from our Technical Department.

For ONLINE WORKSHOPS, prior to the class, please create a profile on Zoom and download the free version of the application at

You will receive an email from LIFT with an invitation link to join the workshop one hour before the class begins which will prompt you to open the application or web browser. After this, the instructor will admit you into the call.

Please ensure that you log in using a Zoom account with a profile name that appears as the same name registered for the class. If not, for security reasons, you may not be permitted to join. During the workshop, we advise that you keep your microphone on mute to minimize external noise and that you unmute when participating in class discussions. Please also arrive to the session on time so the instructor can admit you before the lesson begins.

part 1: Sat 27 March 2021, 10 am - 1 pm   
part 2: Sun 28 March 2021, 10 am - 1 pm   
(Registration deadline is Fri 26 March 5:00 pm)

Instructor: James Buffin

James Buffin is a filmmaker with over 27 years experience working on movies, TV shows, commercials, music videos and documentaries shooting across North and South America, Asia and the South Pacific.The theme of his work is disaster/recovery, both environmental and personal. Current projects include a feature length documentary about adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, Picking Trauma’s Pocket. His last film Jingle Dress – First Dance screened three times at the final Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in Edmonton and is now used extensively in education circles. James is a contributing editor at POV Magazine and former board member of DOC Toronto. As well as teaching privately, he has instructed at LIFT, Planet In Focus, Workman Arts, Vistek, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and Ryerson University. 

Category: Cameras
Maximum Capacity: 15
6 hours of instruction in 2 parts$100 /member$125 /nonmember