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Shoot: Fairytale Scene Part 2

Brooke Shaden

Fine Art Photography

Brooke Shaden

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27. Shoot: Fairytale Scene Part 2
Gain insight into the process of creating a fairy-tale inspired fine art photograph. Integrate motion into the image and work with motion blur, multiple exposures and more. Work with multiple poses with a model, then move into a self-portrait.

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Shoot: Fairytale Scene Part 2

I think this was where I was generally got it okay so there's that shot we're just testing now to see if everything is looking exactly how I want it to look so the peas are all over the ground I think that looks really cool I can't see the piece on the bed but that's okay because I'm going to have them falling from her hands so we are going to see peace in motion peas and motion whoever thought I'd be saying that but I am so I'm going to take my I s o up I'm thinking now about the actual motion that's going to be happening here so I'm going to take my eyes so up to a thousand I am not concerned with going up with my eyes so I might have a little bit of grain but it's very much part of my process to change that later and photoshopped anyways to reduce the grain so I'm going to go ahead with eso up and I'm going to take my shutter speed up a cz well and then I will take my f stop down a bit to three point two so I'm going to see maybe one sixteenth of a second for my shutter speed and we...

'll see how that looks and I'm just going to make sure that I have my exposure right got it okay so that it looks even slightly brighter than before which is really good because I thought that we could stand to brighten it up just a little bit so I'm gonna leave that just as it is and if it turns out that we just have a little too much motion blur with the peas I'll just take my shutter speed back up and then it'll be just a slightly darker image so let's go ahead and remove the blanket how're you doing over there okay good she's good she says here we go just hand this over to you thank you and I'm going to have you grabbed the peas out on the market so weak ground peas if they're cold okay thank you and we're going to do a test so I'm just gonna start to move my stuff out of the way where might leave this away a little bit just to the side now there's no white walking her which is great we'll get a new exposure based on more light that might be coming in right now but hopefully we'll be pretty close here okay jane I'm goingto have you whenever you're ready dropped those peas great okay now I'm gonna have to zoom in here to actually see the piece you keep falling okay so I see the peas and I really like how they're looking it's one of those details that you're going to have to see this large toe actually be able to see what is happening there is some motion blur but not too much motion blur to not be able to tell what we're looking at so that's good I'm very pleased with that aspect of it so let's do something a little bit more fun here I'm going to shoot low to the ground and if I could have one of the lovely students come in whoever wants to come in I just want to throw some peas at me oh yeah yeah so you can stay off to that side and if you just want teo I'm gonna get in position there we go on in position down on the ground here and I would like you to just throw them my way not at the camera but like right front of the camera and we're just going to see how it looks I'm testing I've never thrown peas at a camera before but let's see how it goes arm ready whoa that was cool I've got some blurry peas I was great one more time and let's see if we can get a few more in there and I'm ready woo oh I got a lot of blurry pees on that one but that was too much blurred so if I want to have peace coming out the camera have to make a sacrifice I either have to take my s o up even higher and then have my shutter speed raised or we scrap the piece so we're scrapping your peas thank you though it was wonderful we had a really good moment together I think thank you so I am going to go with jane simply dropping the peas so let's go ahead and do that one more time I know that you've lost your piece goodness gracious okay and let's make this our official shot so I am going teo p your foot I don't know really uh huh that's weird okay you think that'll stay good okay and this one I'm gonna be hunched over a little bit more yep and then let me move your hair if you can actually hunch forward that would be great move the hare hare stay back no hair hold on I got to come out this side and get a hair for you so I'm trying to get that light on her face looks good wonderful now let's see how this looks from down here yep I love how she looks she looks totally broken so this will be my visual shot okay now let's see here got my focus setting it right on her face and I'm ready when you are jane great wonderful so now because I've got this low angle I talked before about how I was going to have her right against the doorway so then her hair wasn't intersecting with that frame but there's no way to do that from known here I either have to get a higher angle or just deal with that frame so I'm just going to deal with it later on it shouldn't be that big of a deal I thought it might be convenient if I could get her against that blue backdrop but it's not a big deal so now I talked about doing some extra exposures of the scene so I am going to do that very quickly and to do that I'm just going to lower my eyes so and then see how that looks so you could just stay in position jane you don't have to have any peace in your hands there we go I've done a bit of an under exposure there for that window area and I'm not going to see the wind know in the final shot now what else am I doing here I am shooting horizontally and I do not have a proper square frame right now I always want to create a square frame so because I don't have a square I'm going to have to expand right now and know that I have to do that because I'm looking at my composition so I'm going to take my I s so back up and I'm going to shoot again from this exact angle I'm going to shoot more of the floor and more of the ceiling to expand in that direction so laying back down and I'm going to get my focus take my shot and now I'm flipping to manual focus now that I'm on manual focus I khun recompose told my camera down and take a picture and it can't hurt to take some extra shots to just move your camera around a little bit and get those extra images because you never know how many you'll need okay so you've got my extra shots I really love the extra floor shots that's what I'm excited about because that you get that depth that I was talking about earlier and I don't really need to see a lot of room above her head I've weighed too many ceiling shops now so let's do one more pose with jane on this bet now we talked about having her laid down so we're going to see right now if she can lay in that direction and not flip all of that she's being I know it had to be done right so let's see if we can get you to lay down with your head coming this way and maybe let's have one person come over here and hold the other side of the mattress is just to be absolutely sure that it's going to be okay thank you jomar if you just wanna hoods put a hand on the back end there yep that's great okay now I'm gonna have you lay with your head here in your feet they're on your back good question and if you can push yourself a cz much to this side is possible then you're closer to the camera are you sitting on peace okay so yeah um that's good right there and now move your feet over to the edge good and move your butt over to the edge and don't fall off that's perfect you see how she just inspired me she just put her foot off the bed and I thought oh that's so perfect I want to see the bottom of her feet it's going hopefully it looks dirty yeah good girl all right now I'm going to gather her hair good and I'm just going to let it fall over here right off the side perfect now can you tell your head back great now we got some light on her face and if I move there's even more light on her face so let's see what different angles we can get here with this set up so first I'm going to try again here with just taking a look at the scene if I'm too low I might miss her face so if I am going down I see a little bit of her face but it's really doesn't have that same impact as the other one that will take a shot so you can see what I'm talking about getting out of manual focus because this is a new shot I will recompose here there we go so we can still see her but it doesn't have that same impact so instead I want to change up my angle drastically now what if I shot this from up on that stool what if I went right around shot it the other way and then we could see her whole body and the mattress top and the peas below so I'm going to see how doable that is right now I'm just gonna walk around with my camera climb up the ladder and see what it looks like this is not an angle that I would naturally gravitate towards this is something that I would be scared to shoot because it feels a little bit out of my comfort zone out of my style but that doesn't matter because I need to be able to push myself if I am going to be shooting and moving forward with my career wonderful so I really like how this looks now this might not ever be a good square because our room is so tight because we've got equipment so then we can broadcast live I probably can't get as much of the scene as I'd like however that doesn't mean that I have to shoot a full body shot there's no reason why I have to get every single detail of her in this picture so I'm going to make some adjustments can you actually help me so I don't fall with this hand pull some of your hair back there you go and just pull it like right to your shoulder there you go perfect thank you good with that hand I actually don't want to see your nail polish so let's d'oh like that yep now I can't see your nail polish and I like that hand over there and I'm just going to take a look and see what this frame looks like so let's take a test shot we'll see how that goes so I really like this angle but I would like to shoot a little bit higher so in order to do that I'm just going to raise up my camera I'm gonna darken this down just a little bit take my I s o down to about five hundred now I could use live you just to see what this looks like so I'm going to turn my camera on live you just raise it up and just see what it looks like from a higher angle and I do really like that so maybe I'll shoot this one a little bit crooked maybe I'll shoot it to where I am raising it up like this we're at a good angle I don't know if she's in the frame oh good she is but so are lots of other things so we're going to make some adjustments from here I am going to have you told your head back even more just raise your chin up good um turn your head away from me actually yeah oh perfect now let me just put your wig back on can you pull it back on just on the side there you go great perfect and then chin back good I like that I like that strain and then let's put some khun somebody put some peas in her hand oh thank you and you don't need to drop them I just want you to gently hold them furthering the story up great ok wonderful now I'm going teo jane can you put one strain of hair across your face I don't care where it comes from yeah and you don't even know where it came from room hey wonderful I love that okay chin back chin back a little bit more good there you go okay let's see how that looks no I didn't quite get her but I really like what I just saw good so there we've got some more peas in the shot so I could actually crop that into a square from what I have right here most likely I like that you can see a couple different mattresses I love the peas all over the floor so we're going to do this a little bit more I would probably of peas everywhere surrounding her in this shot I would probably have a wider lens and I would shoot it where I was flipping emmanuel focus pulling the camera up taking picture picture picture picture etcetera and that way I have lots of different pictures of this whole scene so I could stitch it together if I wanted to stitch it together so I'm going to leave her b and we're going to let you sit up and climb down jane thank you so much again here there's more torture to come I promise you that much I just mean eighty seven in the in the chat room says I don't even know where to start my current situation doesn't allow me to go to classes therefore I want to express my gratitude to all of you for giving me the chance to grow and learn brooke is such an inspiration to me I'm a beginner but I try to express myself my feelings my emotions through photography which helps me to go through dark periods of my life thank you very much creative life and especially thank you very much brooke and she says that english is your mother tongue which is fantastic just now thank you for joining us it's exciting toe have everyone in here and really be able to share your stories of inspiration and what it is that this workshop has been doing for you so thank you for being here and for sharing on dh mallory actually had a great idea she was asking people in the chat rooms what story they would be inspired by and want to do a shoot based on so let's let's read some of those yeah it's been fun to see your responses I love the idea of little red riding head I feel like the cape would be so much fun we have jack and the beanstalk hansel and gretel so good um let's see here little red riding hood would be really fun underwater it's it's been fun to see what a little a little red riding hood underwater wouldn't be a lot of fun I really you know what I meant little mermaid ariel I can see it I got this right away looks like you're ready but I am way do our best okay so I'm going to do a self portrait I'm going to be wearing this dress and another fun detail that I thought was that I still have my toes painted this very ugly color of yellow and so instead of oh my goodness my socks are quite dirty with p juice eso instead of having the yellow toes I'm actually going to keep the socks on I wore them because they felt very fairy tale to me so I'm going to keep them on but I'm going to have one of them kind of like yanked off like just barely dangling so then I looked really disheveled and yucky so I'm going to probably shoot just like that I'm going out my legs dangling I'm going to try a couple of different poses to try to get something that looks believable for this dress in this character in this story so I'm going to go ahead and set up my camera on my tripod just like we did yesterday for the self portrait I am setting everything up so that I can understand the scene before I see it so I am making sure that I'm pre visualizing this I'm going to see how much I can get in my frame so I'm locked down right now I've got a good amount here I'm going to tell tw up because I know that I will also be tilting down later on so I'm going to take my shot where you can't see the floor it all at the very roman but after that I'll be tilting the camera down to get that extra space in so I'm going to go ahead and set my focus I'm setting my focus for the very edge of that top mattress and I'm doing that because I know that's where I'm going to be sitting so I'm going to make sure that I flipped backto auto focus going to go ahead and get my focal point right on there oman come on little camera there it goes okay so I'm setting my focal points and got it now that I've said it I'm going to flip to manual focus go back to the frame that I'll be working with for this shot and then take my test shot just to make sure everything's looking as it was before and it is so now I'm going to run over there putting my a f drive on my cannon five d mark to putting that on the remote setting grabbing my boat thank you so much and I'm going to run around take a portrait now before I ever go to the spot especially if I have to be climbing up on these mattresses I just want to take a test to make sure that it goes off good my camera's gone off I have a shot of the space now I'm going to run up I'm going to try not to flush you as I jump up here and peas away okay here we go I feel like I'm surfing very bad it surfing okay now this dress is so great because of this too too that I have underneath so hopefully I can get that looking really interesting and we're going to see how I can get myself posed here so I'm in place I love that you could see the two two I love that you can see the dress hopefully that comes through but I have to figure out how I'm going to pose that might be slightly different from how I had her posts so maybe I'm going to be a different character and I'm going to be the regal princess with the p I have my hair done nicely andi I have this little scarf in and so that all to me does not say disheveled like the last character did so instead let's make it a little bit different let's go ahead and see if I can be this very very regal princess with all of these peas everywhere with this one little detail of something perhaps about to go a miss so I'm looking very very regal I've got my shoulders pulled down so this is going over that posing that we did have the shoulders shoulders pulled down I'm goingto have my chin brought up going to turn my head towards the light so now I'm creating this line in my neck here all right I'd like to work it out I'm not one of those people it's naturally limber so I work it out okay looking towards the windows and I do have catch lights in my eyes which is important go ahead and elongate and then we're going to be very regal with hands just appear so they are visible to that camera all right eight more ringing him okay so I've taken my first shot I'm going to wait us I couldn't just see how that looks because the cool thing about this is that I can see how it looks without getting down from the mattresses so I'm saying all that looks now I need to change my feet my legs are not looking so hot right now let's go ahead and just take this sock down a little bit and it's not covering so much or perhaps so it's covering more why not do that we'll pull it up actually maybe they look like little knee socks or something I love the dress but I do want to change the pose a little bit I wanted to look a little bit more um twisted perhaps don't let me fall onto the piece people okay all right so we're going to go with something more like this and I'm going to lean in that way I have a shoulder towards the camera I'm going to look up creating that longer line just like that and we'll see how that changes things so I'm angling my body a little bit more I can still feel I keep doing that with my foot you see my foot moving I do that I do it all the time so I am going to not do that for this next one okay so hopefully did I point my toes felt more like a pointed toe yep there we go it makes a big difference having that foot pointed down so I like that it probably wouldn't be the one that I used because I do like that darker feel two things my hair is just two lovely right now I didn't do it that's why I'm saying my hair's lovely it's too lovely teo do something too creepy so everything has to work together so this is a much more regal shot that we're going with here so I'm going to jump down from here and we are going teo do another set up now

Class Description


  • Brainstorm and plan a fine art photograph
  • Design a story with props and posing
  • Shoot an image that only exists in your imagination
  • Complete the vision in Adobe Photoshop
  • Self-critique your own work
  • Build a business from fine art photography
  • Approach galleries with confidence
  • Grow your own unique style and brand


Sometimes, creative vision is bigger than a camera can capture. In this class, learn how to turn imaginative ideas into physical fine art prints. From planning the shoot to assembling composites in post, work to turn the images in your dreams into a concrete photographic image. Go from a dreamer to a professional photographer with the help of artist Brooke Shaden.

Start with defining your style and building your creative vision in this three-day class. Then, learn tips and tricks for bringing that vision to life using posing and props. Go behind the scenes in nine live shoots ranging from self-portraiture to creating your own fairytale. Use posing, props, motion, and composition to tell a story.

While fine art photography isn't usually the first business model that comes to mind when considering a career in photography, Brooke shares how it's possible to earn a full-time living from your art. From building a brand to approaching fine art galleries, learn what you need to turn a passion for fine art photography into a career. As Brooke says, you can't stop because your best work is just ahead.


  • Intermediate photographers ready to take fine art to the next level
  • Professional photographers looking to expand their storytelling and compositing skills
  • Fine art photographers at any skill level


Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom


Brooke Shaden is a storyteller. The American fine art photographer is well-known in the art world for her dream-like, fairytale images. Her work often uses dark tones, heavy emotions, self-portraits, and juxtapositions. Working as a fine art photographer for more than a decade, she started her art journey after studying film in college and now teaches and speaks along with continuing her work. Brooke's work has been featured in dozens of gallery exhibitions, along with magazine and book covers and limited edition fine art prints. After growing up near an Amish community in the United States in Pennsylvania, she now lives in California.

Class Materials

bonus material with purchase

Brookes Posing Guide

Self Portraiture

The Art of Self Critique

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Brooke says she wants to be inspirational - she has achieved this and so much more during this course. I am so inspired to follow my dream of becoming a fine art photographer and step out of a life as an academic and stop finding excuses. Watching other photographers shoot and edit is always a great way to learn, everyone does things slightly differently and I enjoy Brooke's no fuss techniques. Seeing so many of Brooke's beautiful images through the course has been great and seeing shots from the shoot through to editing really makes them come alive. If you are looking for inspiration or you want to learn techniques or new skills then this course provides all of these things with a big dose of positive thinking thrown in.


Brooke is amazing! I love this course. Brooke is easy to listen to. She has a beautiful insight into creative fine art . Love it! I have learned so much. I especially love that she is so candid about everything.

renee Akana

I love Brooke and the wonderful way that she teaches. She is a gift to us all. Jane, her model, was lovely - a beautiful girl, a wonderful attitude and a real professional.. I could not do what Jane did to help Brooke convey her story.