Wildlife Filmmaking Academy


Wildlife Filmmaking - Video Editing - Mastering Your Gear

If you want to learn how to use your Sony Alpha camera gear to capture beautiful wildlife videos and edit them using Adobe Premiere Pro, you are in the right place. 

Most of us work alone or with a friend or family member occasionally.  This means we need to know how to handle everything alone, including filmmaking's technical and creative aspects.  Professional studios have dedicated people for every aspect of filmmaking, including camera operators, writers, audio technicians, designers, editors, producers, etc.  As individuals, we are forced to take on all of those roles and have the knowledge to do them well. 

The technical aspect of mastering your gear and understanding what it takes to record good audio and video is not an easy path.  There is a lot of technical jargon that you need to understand and know when and how to apply it.  I can help you with setting up and configuring your camera so you can record good videos that will edit well.  To take full advantage of your camera's capabilities, there is some fundamental and technical knowledge about video creation and production that you need to understand and learn first. 

For example, if you need to choose between recording in 4:2:0 8-bit using an in-camera profile versus using 4:2:2 10-bit H-LOG, you should understand that jargon and know when and why to use each.  

The road to learning how to use my gear and edit in Adobe Premiere Pro was a painful and frustrating experience.  I was a photographer for over 30 years and had no real expertise in creating high-quality videos, but I knew I could learn, and I had a good eye for transforming the ordinary into art. 

The video world seemed more complicated than photography, and I made many mistakes.  I couldn't understand why other people's videos looked better than mine.  

If any of this sounds like you, or you want to learn how to create better videos, then know that I am here to help you shorten the learning curve.  I share what I have learned in a way that is not filled with technical jargon and in an easy-to-follow step-by-step approach.  Through trial and error and lots of really horrible videos, I eventually found my path to creating much better videos, and I am thrilled to help you improve. 

No one starts as a master of anything...

There are no shortcuts to becoming good at what you love.  It requires time, focus, failure, and commitment to improving continually. I can help you avoid making the same mistakes I did and spare you the sleepless nights. 

I spent over thirty years teaching photography classes and workshops, so I understand what is required to help you improve and reach your creative potential.  

I leave up videos that make me cringe today because I want you to know that it is okay to not be good in the beginning, and over time, you can and will improve.  I started at the beginning with no previous experience too.  I continue to learn, grow, and evolve every day, and I keep the student's mindset to continue to improve and get better over time.  

I am known for taking complex subjects, deconstructing the information, and then distilling it into essential elements.  Then, by optimally sequencing the correct information into step-by-step lessons, I help you make solid progress towards creating the types of wildlife videos you have always dreamed about. 

Hi, I'm Tim Layton,

and I feel fully alive

when creating wildlife videos   

When I am outdoors filming wildlife, the world becomes very quiet, and I forget about my challenges and stresses.

After years of trying and using various gear and editing programs, I found my path using Sony Alpha camera gear for photography and filmmaking and Adobe Premiere Pro for video editing and production.

So, if you want to learn about the technical and creative aspects of creating better wildlife videos, join me on this journey, and I know we will have fun and become better wildlife filmmakers. 

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