Join Mikkel Aaland for an in-depth discussion in this video Creative challenges at the sand dunes, part of Travel Photography: Seaside Road Trip.
So what we're just here north of Fort Bragg…and you know, a beach usually is flat, right?…So but somebody had told us if there's…a beach that has all these beautiful sand dunes.…Now I thought lets go check that out.…Sand dunes make beautiful pictures.…Its kind of, the, it's middle of day though, and the light…is, is not really cooperating so much, because it's, the sand dunes work…really well when you have indirect light kind of coming at an angle.…So I had some trouble right away trying to get…the shot that I wanted, and I thought, okay, what can…I do to these sand dunes to make them, you…know, personalize them a little bit to make them more interesting.…
So I put the camera in a tripod.…And I said I'll just put myself into the frame.…This is normally where I'd have my kids running around or my wife.…But, in this case, I, I was the model.…And, I, this camera, I can set it to do…intervals, so that, I can, it'll fire on its own basically.…I just set how much time for how long.…other cameras, you can use self timer.…
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