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What Alex Learned

Lesson 39 from: The Ultimate Photo Storytelling Workshop

Finn Beales

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39. What Alex Learned

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What Alex Learned

(relaxing music) (camera shutter clicks) I've been working with Finn for the past four months on this workshop, so I think I have a pretty solid understanding of how he works. And I've learned a lot actually myself. I've picked up a bunch of things I'm gonna start using, and I wanna share these with you. Number one for me is the mood board, how he builds his mood boards, and how he uses the color picker, and pixel is the mood board, just to pick his tones for the shoot, and his wardrobe and location, I think that's amazing. I'm gonna start using that. Number two is shooting in stronger light. Like I usually shoot sunrise and sunset, as you probably know, but he just shoots all day. As long as it matches the story, he just goes and does it. And I think that's pretty inspiring, and I wanna do that more. I'm committing to shoot more at noon. It's gonna be hard. Number three is I'm also gonna start more thinking about the mid-shots, 'cause I usually do those big open scenes like the long...

shots, and then I do closeups. So I kind of think big and small. But he also has got these middle shots, and I think they're super useful. So I'm gonna start using these mid shots. Fourth thing is I'm gonna start refining my edits to my client. I've actually always edited to my style, whatever I thought was good in that particular location at night. But I like the idea of taking these colors from the mood board, these tones, and using them for my edit according to the client. I think that's pretty solid. Number five is that color rating system on Lightroom. I mean, you know, my system four stars, three stars, but he is stars, and on top of that colors. And number six, I think, last but not least, is telling stories more locally. I just always kind of think I have to go somewhere pretty far away to shoot, but in my backyard in the U.S. in Montana, there's a bunch of stories to be told there. And I'm more inspired to go seek them now. So this wraps up what I've picked up from Finn, and there's more things, but this is really the big highlights that I've picked up, and I hope that you've picked up as well, 'cause I think it will just help you in the long term. (relaxing music)

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Brent Morris

Fantastic My thoughts on the storytelling workshop. The short is; it’s fantastic. The long is I loved all the details covered, from shot types and the ideas behind them to the call sheets and shot lists, and the whole process. I felt like I had a better understanding of how to schedule a professional shoot and I really felt like I had a much better grasp on many ideas and concepts, and I believe I’ve been able to improve my photography with them, so thank you and Finn. It really is fantastic.

Oswaldo Martinez

A path to better stories Very happy I got this workshop. Finn and Alex do a great job at teaching highly useful methods and specific advice to help you improve your own work, and more importantly, tell better stories that are meaningful to you.

Tommaso Selleri

Simply the best This is simply the best workshop out there on photography and storytelling. Finn is awe inspiring and so real and authentic. A pleasure to watch, a joy to learn from such master. I really hope a volume 2 is coming soon! Thank you for this one!

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