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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
Three days here ready to go back. Actually, not ready to go back, this has been fantastic. We've shot at the beach, we shot in the Redwoods, we've shot this great little fishing harbor. it's been really a fun experience. And I hope, I hope what you saw here, was that we weren't only going for the kind of, the scenic, postcard shot. No. We were, we were having fun. We were actually, really engaged with the environment. Really putting ourself into it. literally, in some cases, as you remember. I, I you know, (SOUND) also, just the props, you know. The, the little, the red umbrella, (SOUND) really, help create a very special, unique photograph.
Painting with the, the flashlight, there's some great shots there (SOUND) were fun to take and they are special. And they're really going to look good. I (SOUND) And then I want to share this stuff. And that's really what it's about. Sharing your work. Sharing your experience. Sharing this travel adventure you've just been on. With others. And this is really what, what, what I'm going to enjoy. Now, you're going home.
Don't forget, you're not done yet. Keep that camera right next to you in the car, because there's lots of chances to take pictures all the way home. And you never know what you're going to get. So, there we are. I hope you had a good trip with us, I hope you learned a few things. I had a great time. Thanks so much. Okay.