Self Shooter Guru’s

Do you want to brush up on your camera skills?
Are you a content creator or are you looking to become a self-shooter?
Do you want to build your confidence or improve the quality of your camera work and audio capture?

We are now offering hands on practical training courses with our most experienced in-house broadcast camera operators.

This experience is open to all skill sets from beginners, students and those already in the industry.

Why learn with us?

Maddogs Television has been supplying experienced crews, broadcast equipment and technical support to production companies & self-shooters for over 20 years. We support our clients to be confident shooters, share our expertise and provide training to all those who use our equipment. We are experienced in sharing our knowledge and tailoring our support for all skill sets.we have quality kit to suit any production requirements.

Our Broadcast Professional's

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Andrew Davis

With Maddogs since 2004 he has been supporting self-shooters with technical support even
before he started shooting himself. From minicams guy to camera assistant, camera and jimmy jib
operator, now director of photography who has been surrounded by kit ever since he arrived at
Maddogs and he cut his teeth on documentary, reality and entertainment shows. A multi-cam
shooter and experienced single camera operator with over 20 years experience of shooting
broadcast content. Graduate of Bournemouth Uni 2004 Film & Television BA Hons.


James Bailey

Blessed with superb technical knowledge and an eye for detail. James has been guiding crews and clients for years on complex shooting techniques. Specilisting in DIT and Data management on complex long term projects he’s also an expert at timelapse, a seasoned multi-cam shooter and director of photography. James is both a camera operator and technical supervisor with a vast array of broadcast credits. Graduate of Southampton Solent 2007 Television and Video production BA Hons

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Craig Hale

Began as an assistant to Andy and James putting in years of training and shadowing other
operators he is now a fully-fledged camera operator and earning his first director of photography
credits. He frequently mixes it up between camera, gimbal and drone work these days having gained

extensive knowledge of equipment and shooting techniques. Graduate of Bournemouth Uni 2012
Video production BA Hons

What to expect with us

  • 3 hours of guidance with a professional broadcast camera operator

  • Practical hands on with one of our Sony broadcast camera kits

  • Become confident shooting GVs (B-Roll) and interviews

  • Practice your skills in a non-pressured environment

  • Essentials of audio capture, getting the best sound as a single operator

  • Bring your own kit if you wish to get the most out of it

£120 Per Session

Which gets you 3 hours training, either as 1-1 tuition or as a group booking with your friends or colleagues. There is a maximum of 3 people per session (but the price remains the same!) We want you to get as much practical experience as possible.

How the course will run


Part 1 – An Introduction to Camera equipment

Camera – Don’t be afraid they are all the same really!
– White balance
– Exposure
– Lens fitting
– ND

Lenses – what do different lenses do?
– F – stop
– Focal lengths
– Depth of field

Sound – “I am not a sound recordist but I am doing my own sound, help!”
– Know your limits, how many radio mics can I manage? Inputs and how to monitor levels.
– What is Line, Mic and Mic +48v and why is it important?
– How to setup radio mics, what is frequency, attenuation and gain?
– Mic placement and clean audio, which should I prioritise?
– Fault finding on location

Some hands on ‘play time’ to practice what you have learned. 

A short break – Tea and biscuits! 

Part 2 – An Introduction to shooting techniques

Shooting GVs
– Holding your start and end frames
– Up and Bys, letting action leave your frame
– Focus pulls, using peaking correctly & what F stop should I be at.
– Cut aways and POVs – why are these so important
– Find some foreground interest
– What is a polarizer?

Shooting Vox pops and testimonials
– Getting the eyeline correct
– Switching the composition
– When to reframe

Some more hands on play time to practice the above techniques. 

We will finish with a Q and A session. 

For more information, or to register your interest, please contact [email protected]