I am interested in doing event videography and handling the camera in general. I own my own camera, the Sony pd150. The way I use it is amateurish, by mostly pointing and shooting, which I know isn't good. I have been messing with the manual settings, but I don't quite understand what settings to have the camera on during certain shooting conditions. Such as shooting outdoors/indoors, shooting in low light condition, etc. I really want to understand the technical side of video cameras. I was wondering if there are any good books or tutorials I can purchase or watch? I cannot seem to find to many classes where I live. Thanks in advance for your help!
The best thing you can do is shoot, shoot, shoot. Nothing takes the place of getting plain, old-fashioned experience. Have friends pose for you; practice shooting interviews with them, and then watvching it back and seeing what you could do better. However, if you're looking for an actual class to help get you to a point where it sounds like you'd like to be, than, without sounding like a commercial, there's a one-week program that will give you EXACTLY what it sounds like you are looking for! It's the Transitions Video Production class at http://www.boulderdigitalarts.com; good luck!