Teach them to see and take advantage of shooting location opportunities. Take control of the action.

Teach them to create the best conditions the environment can provide for their audio and video. Move pieces of furniture, draw curtains, use ambient light, control noises and people moving around. Encourage them to take over and do everything to get the right story.

Teach students to make best use of ambient light

Explain white balance, colour temperature and dominant light. Explain and demonstrate how to use ambient light so that the subject gets the most of key, fill and rim light by direct or reflected light.

Teach students to think and shoot sequences. Teach them how to edit sequences correctly

Teach them to “break” actions, match shots, change and adjust angles and framing.

Teach students to shoot camera movements only when necessary

Explain and demonstrate control of camera movements. Uncertain, shaky camera motion diminishes credibility.

Teach students to write after pictures

Explain and demonstrate how writing text after editing the voice-over sequence perfectly matches duration and meaning, as a professional outcome. It does not take longer but it looks far more professional.