Join Mikkel Aaland for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting portraits in a sea cave, part of Travel Photography: Seaside Road Trip.
So the light was finally dark enough for me to, to go into the cave…and do what I wanted to do all along, which was this light painting technique.…And light painting is literally that.…You're painting the subject matter with some light source.…I use some simple flashlights that I bought at Costco.…some people use strobes for light painting.…you can certainly light paint with a strobe.…it's a little bit harder because you don't,…you can't see as well what you're doing.…
because the flash is, is so quick.…But with the flashlight, you can actually you…know, literally see what you're doing, and paint.…I have three flashlights to work with.…Which is plenty of light and you…(SOUND)…want to make sure you're shooting with a slow enough shutter speed so…that you can paint it a little bit while the shutter is open.…So I had to…(SOUND)…So I kept the ISL low so it was very easy to get…a slow shutter speed and get the shot that I was looking for.…So I had the models sitting down, facing me.…
I was in the far end of the cave looking…
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