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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
Skill Level Intermediate
Chris: I think he sat on my hat. (LAUGH) Mickel: So your name is Chris, right? Chris: I'm Chris. Mickel: Hi I'm Mickel. Chris: Nice to meet you. Mickel: It's really good to meet you. Chris: This is my better partner, John. Mickel: John. Hey John. How old are you? Chris: John, can you tell him how old you are? Mickel: You're six, right? Chris: He's, oh yeah. Mickel: You're six years old. I can tell. I know a six-year-old when I see it. Chris: (LAUGH). So, Chris, you guys I can't tell you how, you look great right now. The light, everything. What, do you mind if I take your picture? Chris: Nah, that's fine. Mickel: Can, can I, can I take your picture? Okay, thank you. Thank you.
Chris: Can you give him a thumbs up, John? Can you give him a thumbs up? Mickel: (LAUGH) This is really. Chris: Is there anything you want us to do in particular? Mickel: nothing, absolutely nothing right now. You've got (LAUGH) no, no, it's really beautiful. I wish you could see what I can see. Let me let me just change this a little bit. Oh, hey, can you give me thumbs up again? Hey, John. Thumbs up. Chris: Hey, thumbs up, John. Mickel: Come on, John. Chris: Give him a thumbs up. Mickel: (SOUND) (SOUND) Chris: Can you do tah-dah? Mickel: Oh, what's that, John? Chris: Can you do tah-dah? Mickel: (LAUGH) Chris: Oh.
(LAUGH) Mickel: This is just, I can't wait to send you a copy of that. And I'll send you copies of all of these things, because they're, they're really nice, I took a bunch of them. What can I say? It is, I, I love shooting portraits and I love shooting people in their environment. It's just, there's something about it. The people are more relaxed. you can just see it in their face. There's nothing, they're at home. you know, this is their environment. and that was, that was the owner of this bed and breakfast. You know, it's a little bit, I still feel really good about what I, what I just got. I think it's going to be a good photograph.
(SOUND) Not, not being a guest but at the same time being the (SOUND) recipient of this great hospitality by the owners. To come in and be able to take pictures of these rooms and see them. And, and also, it's, it's really important to me that I know that I probably, I will send them the pictures. And that they'll be able to use the pictures any way they want to. I that's, if they want to put them on their website or whatnot, help promote their bed and breakfast.
Obviously I like this place so I want to help them. so, it's going to be a win-win situation again, and I, I just, I feel that, so strongly, that that's an important part of, of what I'm doing here especially when they could have said no, you know, they could have said no, you know, we're busy. You know, we don't know you, blah, blah, blah. People are generally pretty friendly if you're friendly back and if you're clearly helping them and giving back to them. So it was really, it was a lot of fun. I, I love bed and breakfasts because they're, there's nothing cooking cutter, cutter about it, and this one certainly by far exceeded my expectations.