Guided Daydream Exercise


Fine Art Photography: The Complete Guide


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Guided Daydream Exercise

Now let's talk about ideas. So if we're gonna go find some ideas, let's do it. One is a guided daydream. Now please excuse me for a moment, as I become my most hippie self, and I tell you that this is what I do every single day of my life to find ideas. It's going to sound like something that maybe you don't wanna do. You may be like, "Nope, there Brooke goes, "off the deep end, and I'm not doing that." I understand, and this is exactly how I felt when someone told me to meditate. I was like, "I'm not meditating!" And then I wouldn't do it, 'cause I thought that it was silly. And then I started, what I did not realize was my own form of meditation. I did it unknowingly. And I started this guided daydream. Now this is something I've mentioned on Creative Live before, but I wanna actually take you through the process right now of a guided daydream. I call it a guided daydream because you're imagining yourself as a character in a story that you're creating. I take anywhere from one minute...

to five minutes a day to do this, it doesn't take a long time. But I can tell you that I have created photos from doing this, I've written children's books from doing this, I've had novel ideas from doing this. Like, actual novel, not like novel ideas, like novel book ideas. So many things from doing this. And over time, it changes how you perceive yourself as well. Not just the story, not just your art, but how you see yourself as a character in your own life. Which really is, is what story is to me. Is taking that inspiration. So we're gonna do a guided daydream together. You guys have to close your eyes. (chuckles) Okay, I will try to close my eyes, but I might fall over. You know how you get dizzy when you close your eyes and you're standing? Okay, so what I want you to do is imagine, and this is just how I do it, you can change yours over time. Imagine that you are on a ship. You're on a boat, but your boat is floating through the sky. So you're sailing through the clouds. And you get up on the edge of the boat, on this big ship, and you're going to jump off the side. And you're gonna fall through the sky, and you're going to land somewhere. So you imagine, you're on the side of the boat, and now you jump off. And as you're falling, you're imagining yourself falling through the sky, and as you're doing that you imagine what you're wearing, you're imagining what it feels like to be falling, you're imagining what the clouds feel like, if you go through a rain cloud or something like that. You imagine your surroundings, and by the time you hit the ground, you've chosen where you are. So you can fall for 10 minutes if you're like, "Oh, I don't know where I'm gonna be!" It's okay. So you're falling, and you're falling, and you're falling, until you get somewhere, and you hit the ground. So right now, maybe I imagine that I'm in this deep, deep hole that's in the ground, and it feels really wet and really muddy, and I'm just like sinking into this hole. And I'm trying to grab my surroundings to get out of the hole. And I'm thinking, what does it smell like? It smells like mud. What does it feel like? It feels wet and thick and I'm sinking, sinking, sinking, until I'm fully submerged by the mud. And I keep going until I drop out of the bottom. And I've dropped out the bottom, and now I'm in this dungeon. And I start walking, covered in mud, and where do I end up? And who do I meet, and what happens to me? And so the point is, that you're going through this experience, whatever you want. As you're doing it, you're imagining different things in the moment. And see where you end up. I have had the most beautiful daydreams based on this. And sometimes, after five minutes, I'm crying because of whatever's happened. Sometimes I'm laughing, sometimes I feel so stupid because I've just had the dumbest daydream, that like I've been rescued by a prince or something like, silly, silly things, you know? Depending on the day, depending on where your mind is at. But what a great way to just clear your mind, don't think about anything stressful, and just be a character. You know, think about what would you be wearing if you could be wearing anything? Who would you meet? What would you see? What do you sound like? What do you feel like? And I know that it sounds crazy, and it sounds like such a hippie thing to do, but it is the number one most important thing that I've incorporated into my daily practice to find ideas, regularly.

Class Description

Creating a great photo for a client is one thing - but turning your passion and ideas into a series that is shared, shown, and sold is a whole different business. If you do it right, you’ll be shooting what you love all the time. Learn how to choose which ideas to create, how to turn your concept into a production, and steps to getting your work seen and even sold in Fine Art Photography: A Complete Guide with Award-Winning Photographer, Brooke Shaden.

This is an all-inclusive workshop that provides the tools you need to run a successful and creative business as a fine art photographer. You’ll learn creative exercises to find and develop your ideas, how to create an original narrative, how to produce your own photo series, post production techniques and skills for compositing and retouching, how to write about your work, ways to pitch to galleries and agents, and how to print your pieces so they look like art.

This workshop will take you on location with Brooke as she creates a photo series from scratch. She’ll walk through every step for her photo shoots including set design and location scouting, she’ll cover techniques in the field for capturing your artistic vision, post-production and compositing techniques, as well as printing and framing essentials.

She’ll round out this experience by discussing all of the details that will help make your career a success like licensing, commissions, artists statements, social media plans, gallery prep, and pricing your work.

This comprehensive course is a powerful look into the world of fine art photography led by one of the world’s most talented photographers, Brooke Shaden. Included with purchase is exclusive access to bonus material that gives exercises and downloads for all of the lessons.


1Class Introduction
2Storytelling & Ideas
3Universal Symbols in Stories
4Create Interactive Characters
5The Story is in The Details
6Giving Your Audience Feelings
7Guided Daydream Exercise
8Elements of Imagery
9The Death Scenario
10Associations with Objects
11Three Writing Exercises
12Connection Through Art
13Break Through Imposter Syndrome
14Layering Inspiration
15Creating an Original Narrative
16Analyze an Image
17Translate Emotion into Images
18Finding Parts in Images
19Finding Your Target Audience
20Where Do You Want Your Images to Live?
21Create a Series That Targets Your Audience
22Formatting Your Work
23Additional Materials to Attract Clients
24Which Social Media Platforms Will be Useful?
25How to Make Money from Your Target Audience
26Circle of Focus
27The Pillars of Branding
28Planning Your Photoshoot
29Choose Every Element for The Series
30Write a Descriptive Paragraph
31Sketch Your Ideas
32Choose Your Gear
33How to Utilize Costumes, Props & Locations
34What Tells a Story in a Series?
35Set Design Overview
36Color Theory
37Lighting for the Scene
38Props, Wardrobe & Time Period for Set Design
40Subject Within the Scene
41Set Design Arrangement
42Fine Art Compositing
43Plan The Composite Before Shooting
44Checklist for Composite Shooting
45Analyze Composite Mistakes
46Shoot: Black Backdrop for White Clothing
47Shoot: Black Backdrop for Color Clothing
48Shoot: Black Backdrop for Accessories
49Shoot: Miniature Scene
50Editing Workflow Overview
51Add Fabric to Make a Big Dress
52Edit Details of Images
53Add Smoke & Texture
54Blend Multiple Images Into One Composite
55Put Subject Into a Miniature Scenario
56Location Scouting & Test Photoshoot
57Self Portrait Test Shoots
58Shoot for Edit
59Shoot Extra Stock Images
60Practice the Shoot
61Introduction to Shooting Photo Series
62Shoot: Vine Image
63Shoot: Sand Image
64Shoot: End Table Image
65Shoot: Bed Image
66Shoot: Wall Paper Image
67Shoot: Chair Image
68Shoot: Mirror Image
69Shoot: Moss Image
70Shoot: Tree Image
71Shoot: Fish Tank Image
72Shoot: Feather Image
73View Photo Series for Cohesion & Advanced Compositing
74Edit Multiple Images to Show Cohesion
75Edit Images with Advanced Compositing
76Decide How to Start the Composite
77Organize Final Images
78Choosing Images for Your Portfolio
79Order the Images in Your Portfolio
80Why do Some Images Sell More Than Others?
81Analyze Student Portfolio Image Order
82Framing, Sizing, Editioning & Pricing
83Determine Sizes for Prints
84How to Choose Paper
85How to Choose Editions
86Pricing Strategies
87How to Present Your Images
88Example Pricing Exercise
89Print Examples
90Licensing, Commissions & Contracts
91How to Keep Licensing Organized
92How to Prepare Files for Licensing
93Pricing Your Licensed Images
94Contract Terms for Licensing
95Where to Sell Images
96Commission Pricing Structure
97Contract for Commissions
98Questions for a Commission Shoot
99Working with Galleries
100Benefits of Galleries
101Contracts for Galleries
102How to Find Galleries
103Choose Images to Show
104Hanging the Images
105Importance of Proofing Prints
106Interview with Soren Christensen Gallery
107Press Package Overview
108Artist Statement for Your Series
109Write Your 'About Me' Page
110Importance of Your Headshot
111Create a Leave Behind & Elevator Pitch
112Writing For Fine Art
113Define Your Writing Style
114Find Your Genre
115What Sets You Apart?
116Write to Different Audiences
117Write for Blogging
118Speak About Your Work
119Branding for Video
120Clearly Define Video Talking Points
121Types of Video Content
122Interview Practice
123Diversifying Social Media Content
124Create an Intentional Social Media Persona
125Monetize Your Social Media Presence
126Social Media Posting Plan
127Choose Networks to Use & Invest
128Presentation of Final Images
129Printing Your Series
130How to Work With a Print Lab
131Proofing Your Prints
132Bad Vs. Good Prints
133Find Confidence to Print
134Why Critique?
135Critiquing Your Own Portfolio
136Critique of Brooke's Series
137Critique of Student Series
138Yours is a Story Worth Telling