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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
So we made it. We're at the edge of the world. The Pacific Ocean is behind me, we can't go any farther. There's also the Point Cabrillo Light Station behind me, and this is a really well-known, well-photographed historic monument that we're going to be taking pictures of today. we're going to do it a little bit differently because this station has been photographed, I can't even begin to imagine how many times it's been photographed. But we want to add a little bit of a personal touch to it and we've brought along a couple of friends who are going to help us, acting like models.
these are people that normally I'd use my wife or my children to kind of add a personal touch to a photograph like this. So why don't we go on down, check it out, see how the light is. Take a look at it, and go from there. What we did on this shot is it was just me and and Holly. And I handed her the red umbrella that I happened to have with me. no I brought for this purpose. I just wanted to get some color in this shot. Okay, now start walking towards me, Holly.
And then just keep walking past me. (SOUND) Now there's some mystery, like what's going on here. What's this woman walking in front of this building with this umbrella in the bright sunshine. It adds a, a little bit of intrigue, a little mystery. It makes it a more personal photograph. We had a reflector set up to catch some, some sunlight onto the red umbrella and just had her walk in front of me. It, it's not that complicated but I think I got something really good. I can't wait to see it, to look at it later on the computer.