University of Oregon
Close-up view of a DSLR camera on tripod for DSLR Video Bootcamp webpage.

DSLR Video Bootcamp

Broaden your skill set and make yourself more marketable in today's competitive media environment.

Hands-on DSLR Video Workshop in Portland

DSLR Video Bootcamp will not be offered in 2020. We hope to be able to offer the workshop again in 2021.

This four day hands-on workshop will cover best practices in planning, shooting and editing a journalistic video story. You will learn how to use a DSLR camera and a digital audio recorder to create a concise two-minute video story which you will edit using Adobe Premiere.

For professional participants, this bootcamp is a great way to broaden your skill set and make yourself more marketable in today's competitive media environment. If you are considering pursuing a master’s degree in multimedia journalism (MMJ), participating in the bootcamp can help you decide if the degree program is right for you. Incoming MMJ students will get a jump on gaining skills while familiarizing themselves with the facilities and equipment.

Panorama view of 10 or so individuals standing behind DSLR cameras on tripods for DSLR Video Bootcamp webpage.
Learning by doing, participants get familiar with the equipment on day 1.

Prior to attending, participants will complete eight hours of online training in equipment operation and software orientation so they can hit the ground running. A certificate of attendance from the University of Oregon will be given to students who produce a two-minute video and complete the online knowledge assessment test. The in-person workshop will be at the UO White Stag Block in Portland.

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Who is this course for?

This course is designed for people with little or no experience in video production. We’ll start with the very basics and build a foundation in the concepts and skills of video and audio production. Participants with some basic knowledge of photography and/or video will strengthen their foundation and become more fluid in shooting and editing.

What you will need

UO MMJ student participants need to bring a portable USB 3.0 hard drive with a minimum of 500GB of free space. You will have access to all equipment and computers necessary for this workshop.

Bootcamp participants who are not enrolled in the MMJ program need to bring their own laptop loaded with the latest version of Adobe Premiere CC already installed and running. We recommend an external USB 3.0 hard drive with 500GB of free space or at least 500GB of free space on your laptop.

Participants working with workshop instructors to edit their final projects on the desktop computers for DSLR Video Bootcamp webpage.
Participants work with workshop instructors to edit their final project.

What is provided

  • Canon 80D and lenses, sponsored by Canon
  • Zoom H4n audio recorder
  • Manfrotto Video Tripod
  • Rode and Sennheiser mini shotgun mic

Course content

  • The language of video
  • Project planning
  • Journalistic ethics
  • Equipment operation
  • Audio field recording techniques
  • DSLR camera operation
  • Shooting and conducting an interview
  • Shooting for sequences
  • Nonlinear editing with Adobe Premiere
  • Editing an effective sequence
  • Story development and narrative structures


  • $495 for students (please use your school e-mail address when registering)
  • $795 for professionals

Special discount for educators and students at other institutions! Contact instructor Sung Park to request the special rate.

“This is an empowering course that forces students to step out of their comfort zone. I emerged four days later with a measurable increase in skills and confidence.”
—2017 participant

About Sung Park

Close-up image of DSLR instructor Sung Park.

Sung Park is a senior instructor of photojournalism and multimedia journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication in Eugene, OR. In 2013-14 he was a Fulbright Scholar to Ghana where he taught multimedia storytelling to master’s students at the University of Ghana. Sung has taught various seminars and workshops for media organizations in Ghana and in Liberia. Sung has been a coach and instructor in various workshops such as the NPPA Multimedia Immersion, and is co-director of Story-Arc Cinematic Journalism Workshop. Sung previously taught photojournalism and multimedia at Syracuse University and at the University of Texas.

Prior to teaching, Sung worked as an award winning staff photographer, picture editor and multimedia producer at the Austin American-Statesman. He has over 20 years of staff and freelance experience in newspaper, magazine and online journalism. In addition to teaching, he is still an active freelance photojournalist and multimedia producer for various publications as well as for NGOs and non-profits.

Sung holds a BS in photo-illustration from The Newhouse School and an MFA from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.

About Zach Putnam

Close-up image of DSLR instructor Zach Putnam.

Zach Putnam is an award-winning independent filmmaker and producer based in Portland with over a decade of professional experience. Zach holds a Master’s degree in Multimedia Journalism form the U of O and is the owner of Zach Putnam Productions which serves regional, national and international clients.

“I don't think I've ever learned more in a 4-day period in my entire professional life.”
—Ben Mitchell