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There are many reasons why photographers from Henrí Cartier-Bresson to Robert Frank, Stanley Kubrick and the kid next door try their hand at film making — and why so few stuck with it. One of those may be the same reason some filmmakers choose photography instead (who knows, maybe even Oskar Barnack, inventor of the Leica and amateur filmmaker himself): filmmaking is MUCH more complicated than photography - and a LOT more work. 

But the digital era and the rise of YouTube have profoundly altered the equation; the rewards of making motion pictures are extraordinary; and photographers have a head start on everyone else.

If you’ve been thinking about becoming a YouTuber, this course is for you.

You’ll learn about camera and lens selection for video; resolution and frame rates; audio; lighting; dynamic camera movement (especially gimbals); b-roll; scripting; being in front of the camera instead of behind it; working with a second shooter; basic video editing; music selection; publishing schedules; how to leverage social media; the economics of YouTubing — and finding your unique voice and “tribe” in an ever-more crowded space.

This may read as overwhelming, but the goal is to keep it simple; cut through the choices by virtue of our own scar tissue; and ensure you’ve got a solid starting point, up and running by workshop’s end.

Join us for two (and a 1/4!) days in New York City where you will actually shoot, edit and post your video on YouTube — and in the process learn a pile, meet nice people - and have fun.

ABOUT hugh & claudia

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Hugh is a writer, photographer, filmmaker and YouTuber.  With his wife Claudia he produces the YouTube channel Three Blind Men & An Elephant (over 300 videos on gear plus conversations with people like legendary Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt; Director of the Henrí Cartier-Bresson Foundation Agnès Sire; ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell; Blackmagic Americas President Dan May; Cooke Optics Chairman Les Zellan; Etheleen Staley, co-founder of Staley-Wise Gallery, and many others). He and Claudia have written, shot, directed, and produced all 20+ webisodes of the Mariner East documentary series, an official selection of the 2019 Media Film Festival.

Hugh has written extensively for planet5D, Luminous Landscape, DIY Photography, and now writes a semi-weekly column for imageBREAK.

Hugh fell in love with photography the moment he held a Kodachrome slide up to the light for the very first time. He was 7. He built his first darkroom by the age of 12. Worked in a camera store by the age of 14. Ran the photography program at a summer camp in Maine by the age of 16. Taught a section in Cornell University’s Psychology department entitled “The Interface between Psychology and Photography” by the time he was 21.

But after he wrote, shot, directed, and produced a stinker of a first film at the age of 14 with friends and family, he promptly shelved any filmmaking ambition for more than 40 years (the male lead, however, wound up going to film school and debuting his own wonderful feature length documentary at Tribeca in 2014).

Which may explain why Hugh’s path into adulthood had nothing to do with any of that, side-tracking instead into the world of corporations and start-ups.

Fortunate enough to retire early, he rediscovered the joys of photography, and filmmaking once he got his hands on a Canon 5D Mark II (he’s also an optioned screenwriter) - and embraced the power of YouTube.

His love for and knowledge of the art are clear; his enthusiasm, infectious

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Claudia is the other half of the husband and wife team that is Three Blind Men & An Elephant. She’s a photographer, gimbal operator, camera operator, audio tech, location scout, and often the co-director or co-producer of Three Blind Men & An Elephant productions. And that’s in her spare time. She holds the record for lone gimbal operator walking backwards through the lower East Side of New York (40 minutes) as well as the record for continuous recording of a Photokina interview hand-held without moving (11 minutes).


May 27-29, 2019 - we’ll start at 3:00pm on the 27th in order to hit the ground running on the 28th. We’ll start at 9:00am and end at 5:00pm on the 28th and 29th.


We are once again incredibly fortunate to have the support of Hasselblad and the use of their New York Experience Studio in NoHo, Manhattan.

632 Broadway Floor 2, New York, NY 10012



Space is very limited in order to provide one-on-one instruction and feedback. Booking travel ahead of time is usually more economical, so we encourage you to sign up early.


  • $990 if you book by April 19 (10% off - use discount code at checkout 9M1PE1V)

  • $935 for attendees of our previous workshops (15% off - please email us for the code!)

  • Thanks to citizenM Bowery (our go-to hotel when we want to be in Manhattan proper — and walking distance to Hasselblad) attendees are entitled to a 15% discount - just email us once you’ve signed up, and we’ll send you the link to use when booking through their web site!

  • Thanks to Pod Brooklyn (our go-to when we want to be in Brooklyn) attendees are entitled to a 5% discount - again, just email us once you’ve signed up, and we’ll send you the code to use when booking through THEIR web site.

  • We can’t tell you the details yet (shhh!), but we will have some VERY interesting gear for you to play with as well.


Attendees should have a basic knowledge of photography; a camera capable of video capture (a smartphone will do!); a laptop or tablet capable of editing video; and an idea for a video no more than four minutes long in final form. While all brands of cameras, computers, and software are welcome, we will be demonstrating with Final Cut Pro X on an Apple MacBook Pro and Lumafusion on an Apple iPad Pro.

If you need help selecting gear and software ahead of your arrival, we’ll be happy to work with you to make that happen once you’ve sign up.

Lunch will be served on site at the Experience Studio Monday and Tuesday, with plenty of coffee and water!

Group dinner May 21st is on us.

Travel & accommodations not included.

We look forward to seeing you!

From Photographer to YouTube Creator
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