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Narrative Photography: Storytelling with Photo Essays

with Mike Hill
Narrative Photography: Storytelling with Photo Essays
Go on location to capture and curate shots that reveal the unique story of your subject!

Go behind the scenes on two Las Vegas photo shoots with professional photographer Mike Hill, and learn how to create captivating photo essays from start to finish. Navigate on-location demands, and collaborate with subjects for candid, authentic photos. Effectively frame compelling shots using compositional principles, and learn when and how to adjust available light with on and off-camera flash and affordable modifiers. Then, enjoy step-by-step guidance through Adobe Lightroom to quickly narrow down hundreds of photos to a small collection of shots that reveal your subject’s story.

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Lesson 1. What is Narrative Photography?

  • Mike offers recommendations on pre-shoot planning and shares photos from his portfolio as he explains how to tell a personís story through striking imagery.


Lesson 2. Shooting Process: Indoors

  • Learn professional tips on how to organize and pack for a day in the field and discover the best practices for assessing the environment you're going to shoot in.


Lesson 3. Environmental Portraiture

  • Mike demonstrates shooting a portrait session with clients on location. Learn to efficiently set up your gear, light your subjects and direct with ease while getting the shots you want.


Lesson 4. Shooting Process: Outdoors

  • Learn to tackle tricky issues like framing and working outdoors while gaining more experience with composition, lighting techniques and storytelling through details.


Lesson 5. Organizing Photos in Lightroom

  • Explore various methods to improve your efficiency and organize hundreds of photos easily with Mikeís step-by-step tutorial on using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.


Lesson 6. Editing Photos in Lightroom

  • Learn professional editing tips with Mikeís assistance as you gain an overview of the various tools Lightroom 5 offers for photo editing.

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