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Fine Art Photography: The Complete Guide

Lesson 65 of 138

Shoot: Bed Image


Fine Art Photography: The Complete Guide

Lesson 65 of 138

Shoot: Bed Image


Lesson Info

Shoot: Bed Image

This is a photo shoot with a bed that clearly is not just a bed because we sawed it in half, and the whole idea here was that the home is supposed to be a place of comfort, but everything is splitting apart, and we're going to have our subject just inside the mattress, literally laying in between it on this uncomfortable ground. The original idea here was to actually have the bed inside, in a small room, but the room was too small, and the bed didn't quite fit on the wall, and nothing was working exactly as it should, so that was when I decided to switch everything up and take the bed outside instead of keeping it in, which is sort of a twist on this series so far because instead of taking the outdoors in, we're taking the indoors out and that's how we ended up in this completely beautiful field that we're in which works perfectly for the feeling of this whole entire series. So I'm going to be photographing my model Rachel, if you wanna come on in, and we have her in this gorgeous nigh...

t gown, this is gonna be a very neutral shoot, not a lot of color. And I'm just gonna have you lay down with your head toward the head board, right in between the mattresses. Perfect. I told her earlier this is gonna be the simplest photo shoot ever because all she has to do is lay down, and even fall asleep if you want, you are welcome to. It's not very comfortable though. So we've got these two mattress halves, I took a knife to the mattresses, that's why my hand is covered in dirt right now, because I took a knife to it and then I rubbed dirt on it, poured some water on to make it a little bit muddy, and just to sort of distress this scene a little bit more so that it looks more a part of the field. All I need to do now is make sure that the costume is looking nice, I'm just gonna sort of rearrange things a little bit and I'm going to take one shot with this bed exactly as it is. We've got two friends helping out, holding up the head board and after I get that shot, I'm actually just gonna squeeze the mattress in even further and see if we can sandwich her in between this mattress because I'm not sure which one will look good. As you can imagine, this is a slightly difficult thing to pre-conceptualize and know exactly what it's going to look like, so we're going to see how it looks both ways and either way, I'm excited about this photo, we even have a crow cawing in the distance and it's all very ominous right now. So okay, let me take a look at your costume, I'm just going to spread it out just a little bit. There we go, yep. There, just put some wrinkles on it just like that. And you can just have your arms down at your sides. Ah, yep, exactly like that. And as I look at this scene, I might even have her switch her head to come toward me, toward the camera, which could be a really interesting take on this, but for now, stay there and I'll get one shot just as it is. I'm getting a slightly higher angle up on this chair that way I don't see any of the forest in the background or a house in the background, just the field and the bed. I'm again on my 25 milometer lens here so I make sure that I get the whole scene in and this is looking really, really interesting. So right now in F 3.5, so I'm for the first time deviating from my normal F2, which looks really beautiful. ISO 100 and 640 for my shutter speed at the moment. I'm actually gonna take that up even higher to about 1250, so this is gonna be a super fast shutter. And I'm going to have our bed holders go inward with yep, that's perfect. Okay, Tori back a little bit. Yep, that's it. And I'm going to take this shot. Okay. So I have my image so far, and it could be as simple as that but we're gonna try just two more variations. So Rachel if you wouldn't mind flipping your head toward me, and the reason why I'm making that choice is because whatever is coming closer to the camera is going to look larger, and I don't know yet just in the back of my camera if her feet look out of proportion compared to her head, but I know that it's always very flattering to have the head look bigger than the feet, so we're going to go with this option as well. That looks perfect. If you wouldn't mind Rachel just tilting your head even more toward me, yep, and then closing your eyes. That looks so beautiful. Okay, I'm just refocusing to make sure that her head is in focus here. (shutter clicks) Okay. And I've got that image, so now for the final one that I'm going to shoot here, I'm going to actually push the mattresses together and have Rachel turn on her side so that she's truly sandwiched in, and I do like your head coming toward me. So we'll have you stay like that and yep, on your side, and we're just gonna push this mattress in. Oh, I liked that. That was great (chuckles), see it's so fun when the model has a great idea like that. I'm just gonna move this slightly in. Thank you. You have a lot to handle over there. Okay and now I'll squash you in on this side. Let me know if anything pinches or hurts or, okay you're good. She says she's good. Confirmation from the model, okay. This looks really, really nice. I absolutely love it, completely. Okay. I'm super excited. All right. Head boards look good, everything looks good. Just checking my focus one last time here. (shutter clicks) Okay. And we've got the shot, now I'm gonna take a couple extras just of the grass below, of the field above, and I'm going to have to get a clean shot eventually without our head board holders over here. But that's something that I can do later. Just getting little bits of field from this angle so then I can add that in separately. So this is looking beautiful, Rachel, you may relax, although I think that's exactly what she's doing, so, this looked really good, it's so simple, but if you have a concept that's really beautiful and you have really good props to be able to make that come to life, then everything comes together really simply as this did, so I think we're ready to move on.

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.


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


April S.

I tuned in for most of Brooke's lessons in this course and watched some of them more than once as they were rebroadcast. First I want to say that Brooke is a very good instructor. Her easy-going, friendly, down-to-earth, somewhat quirky manner cannot be mistaken for unprofessional. She is very prepared, she speaks well (not a bunch of hemming and hawing), she is thoughtful, she is thorough, she is very relatable and at ease, and she is definitely professional in her presentation. I really thought when I first tuned in that it would mostly be background noise while I was at work, sound to keep me company. Not because I didn't like Brooke but I really didn't think I was into fine art photography nor did I think I cared about the business side of things much. Not now anyhow. I was really wrong. Brooke sparked a deep interest in me to delve into fine art photography, to consider creating images for myself, from my imagination. In fact, I realized that this was something I'd been thinking about for a couple of years though I hadn't put a name to it (the idea of creating pre-conceived images based on my own creative goals). I gleaned many little treasures from her about image sizes, working with printers, different types of paper, selling, interacting with galleries, and so much more. I may not need all of what she taught right now because I'm definitely headed in another direction at the moment, but she planted ideas and information in my head that I know will be useful at some point. Things I may not have thought of on my own, but that seed is in my head now so when the time comes, I'll know. I'd really like to buy her course but at the moment, with the holidays right around the corner, it's not in my personal budget. I'm grateful to have caught the live and rebroadcast lessons though, and her course is on my list to own. I think it's a great reference to be consulted over and over again, not watched once and forgotten. Kudos Brooke for really putting together an excellent course.

Ron Landis

I'm retired now, but spent decades in the people and training business. Brooke is extraordinary! Even though this course is extremely well organized and she's left nothing unattended, she moves through it with friendly conversational manners and without a sense of it being stilted. It's as though we are all her friends, not students, as she shares her heart and passion with us. What a joy it is to listen to her. And what a clear, unambiguous command of her subject. Wow! She explains it with such ease using explanations and techniques that won't overwhelm artists just starting their portfolio or the Photoshop-squeamish among us; but despite its simplicity her resulting art is breathtaking and beyond original. I wish more of my professors at school were as engaging. This was by far my best buy at Creative Live yet.

Angel Ricci

When the title says comprehensive, it means comprehensive! I loved every part of this course. It's inspirational, motivating, and insightful towards creating art work. Even if you are not necessarily considering a fine art specialty, the concepts discussed in this course are applicable to many areas! I find this super useful as a videographer and photographer and look to apply all of these exercises and concepts for my personal and business work moving forward. It is lengthy, but you will not regret a single minute. Brooke Shaden is an amazing artist and educator. I recommend keeping up with her work, presentations, and any future courses that may come in the future.