Join Mikkel Aaland for an in-depth discussion in this video Creative approaches to photographing beachgoers, part of Travel Photography: Seaside Road Trip.
So came out to the beach.…We had a couple models, really, really cooperative people.…normally I would be using my own wife and kids but it was great we had some models.…got out here a little bit early.…There was still a lot of sun left and I, I shot them in silhouette walking…(SOUND)…I really like silhouette shots. Especially today.…They worked really well.…So I think I got some good shots that, coming in to the beach.…And then we got over towards the cave where we're going to shoot later.…And and there was a waterfall. Not really a waterfall.…
More like a trickle fall.…But it, there was something really nice about it.…There was a feeling that the colors. The water.…so I asked the model, the woman, to pose in…front of it. And I just had her try different things.…I did very slow shutter speed.…I had to use a neutral density filter, to get…that slow shutter speed, because it was so bright out.…I think I've got some…(SOUND)…Those are the kind of things that you have to look at later,…(SOUND)…And I had, her jumping over the water over this little stream that was coming, not I…
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