Join Mikkel Aaland for an in-depth discussion in this video Capturing the personality of the town, part of Travel Photography: Seaside Road Trip.
Okay, so I've been walking around the town for a while now.…And I've seen some great things.…Guy hanging out the window at a coffee shop, some really nice facades.…Some interesting shots of different things that I like.…When I turn the corner here and I walk into this…little courtyard, and suddenly everything I'm looking for is one place.…It's kind of like all in one shopping.…And, and I'm, that's what I, you know it's hard to get everything in one shot.…I mean I can get the water towers…in a shot by themselves, and I have several shots like that.…I have some flower shots.…
I have some Victorian shots.…But it's really cool when you can get it all in one place.…Kind of the quintessential shot. It defines the things you're looking for.…So here I am, walking to this courtyard and there's, there's everything.…Some flowers, a building, a water tower.…(SOUND)…I shot both horizontal and vertical because I'm just not sure.…How I'm going to use it, and…(SOUND)…(SOUND)…horizontal, so it's, it's, it was a great spot.…
Now I'm really excited because I've heard that…
In this course, photographer Mikkel Aaland travels to Mendocino, a classic seaside small town in Northern California, making stops in Mendocino's Anderson Valley and redwood forests along the way. The course details the gear and shooting strategies involved in capturing the personality of a small town and, just as important, its natural setting and the people who live there. Throughout the course, Mikkel emphasizes the importance of putting your own creative stamp on your travel photos through the use of simple props, friends, or family members.
- Shooting along the way, from farm stands to redwoods
- Engaging with—and photographing—the locals
- Going beyond the postcard shot to personalize your photos
- Stopping at a bed and breakfast
- Shooting dunes, waves, and beaches
- Reviewing the photos from the road trip