Fine Art Photography: The Complete Guide


Lesson Info

Shoot: End Table Image

This photo shoot, we're doing with an end table and vines and this is going to be very simple. The idea being that vines are creeping up all around the end table and then we've got our very delicate subject perched on top, as though this is the last place of refuge against all of the nature that's creeping into the scene. So, this one's going to be quick and simple, I hope. Of course, things can always go wrong, but we'll give it a try. So, this is going to be the outfit and it's a veil. It's just a wedding veil that I picked up for a few dollars. And I'm going to use this as sort of a delicate wrapping of a dress around the waist for this particular image. The other thing that we need to do is creep the vines up. So, I simply want to affix these vines in some way, just so that they're sort of coming from afar. And then maybe attaching to our little end table. We can do that by maybe some of this. We can do some wrapping, if we want to. But this looks pretty good. And this is something...

that I can get later, so I don't actually need to have this all set yet, because I will be able to come in and photograph these vines separately, just creeping up the dresser. We don't need our subject for that. We don't have to keep anyone longer than they need to be here for that. So, I'm going to go ahead and just place a few of them in this space. And I wanna make sure that I'm paying attention to the sides, the angles of this, so that we have some on the back, some on the front. Just like this, so they're coming from all angles. But, aside from that, this is clearly a much simpler image than some of the others. So, we're going to get our subject in here, wrapped up, and we're going to do this really fast. So, we'll get those out of the way. We're gonna have Kristen come on back in. And I'm going to wrap you in this as you sit on our little spot here. Yup, so you'll be facing that direction. In fact, you can face that wall directly. And I'm going to wrap you up in this. There we go. It's super long, so that's going to be perfect for just getting her all nicely wrapped. Oh, maybe a little more. We don't want to see the headpiece, do we? That would be weird. And I'm gonna have your one leg up. Maybe your left leg. Exactly, and the other one can dangle. And I'm just going to try to put this somewhere, as I look at this scene. So, right now, what I'm looking for is where am I going to put this extra fabric? I don't want it to cover the vines. So, I think I'm just going to let it come off the back, just like that. Looking super, super delicate here. I definitely want to see some of your arms. So, we can take this arm up and maybe to your face, as you let your face down. Perfect. I love her face. But I don't like faces in general in my pictures. So, I'm just gonna make sure there are a few hairs covering. Just everything super delicate in this photo. So, I'm gonna see how this looks, just from my camera's perspective. And we'll see how it goes. Okay, I like how this looks so far. We did the work already to get rid of the background and anything distracting, so it looks really dark. And I'm going to go ahead and just focus on my subject and get a good test shot here. Okay and I think I can actually underexpose even more, so right now, I'm at f/2, as I'm sticking with throughout my entire series. I'm at ISO 100 and I'm moving to about for my shutter speed, because we have so much natural light coming in the front here. So, I'm gonna go ahead and just take a couple more photos. And let's get one more pose with your other leg up on the desk, as well. Perfect, yeah. Oh, that was perfect. You're holding it in just the right spot. I really like how this is just delicately sort of cascading down. So, you can stay in exactly the same pose as you were. Maybe even take your forehead right down. Yeah, just like that. That looks completely beautiful. Very, very delicate. And I like this one maybe even more than the last one. My focus was already set, so I'm just getting a couple of photos around the space. And I think that that looks beautiful. So, I am going to leave this as it is, because that was simple and elegant and I think that it will be a nice understated image to counter some of the more Photoshopped images in this series. So, let's move on to the next one.

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Class Introduction
Storytelling & Ideas
Universal Symbols in Stories
Create Interactive Characters
The Story is in The Details
Giving Your Audience Feelings
Guided Daydream Exercise
Elements of Imagery
The Death Scenario
Associations with Objects
Three Writing Exercises
Connection Through Art
Break Through Imposter Syndrome
Layering Inspiration
Creating an Original Narrative
Analyze an Image
Translate Emotion into Images
Finding Parts in Images
Finding Your Target Audience
Where Do You Want Your Images to Live?
Create a Series That Targets Your Audience
Formatting Your Work
Additional Materials to Attract Clients
Which Social Media Platforms Will be Useful?
How to Make Money from Your Target Audience
Circle of Focus
The Pillars of Branding
Planning Your Photoshoot
Choose Every Element for The Series
Write a Descriptive Paragraph
Sketch Your Ideas
Choose Your Gear
How to Utilize Costumes, Props & Locations
What Tells a Story in a Series?
Set Design Overview
Color Theory
Lighting for the Scene
Props, Wardrobe & Time Period for Set Design
Subject Within the Scene
Set Design Arrangement
Fine Art Compositing
Plan The Composite Before Shooting
Checklist for Composite Shooting
Analyze Composite Mistakes
Shoot: Black Backdrop for White Clothing
Shoot: Black Backdrop for Color Clothing
Shoot: Black Backdrop for Accessories
Shoot: Miniature Scene
Editing Workflow Overview
Add Fabric to Make a Big Dress
Edit Details of Images
Add Smoke & Texture
Blend Multiple Images Into One Composite
Put Subject Into a Miniature Scenario
Location Scouting & Test Photoshoot
Self Portrait Test Shoots
Shoot for Edit
Shoot Extra Stock Images
Practice the Shoot
Introduction to Shooting Photo Series
Shoot: Vine Image
Shoot: Sand Image
Shoot: End Table Image
Shoot: Bed Image
Shoot: Wall Paper Image
Shoot: Chair Image
Shoot: Mirror Image
Shoot: Moss Image
Shoot: Tree Image
Shoot: Fish Tank Image
Shoot: Feather Image
View Photo Series for Cohesion & Advanced Compositing
Edit Multiple Images to Show Cohesion
Edit Images with Advanced Compositing
Decide How to Start the Composite
Organize Final Images
Choosing Images for Your Portfolio
Order the Images in Your Portfolio
Why do Some Images Sell More Than Others?
Analyze Student Portfolio Image Order
Framing, Sizing, Editioning & Pricing
Determine Sizes for Prints
How to Choose Paper
How to Choose Editions
Pricing Strategies
How to Present Your Images
Example Pricing Exercise
Print Examples
Licensing, Commissions & Contracts
How to Keep Licensing Organized
How to Prepare Files for Licensing
Pricing Your Licensed Images
Contract Terms for Licensing
Where to Sell Images
Commission Pricing Structure
Contract for Commissions
Questions for a Commission Shoot
Working with Galleries
Benefits of Galleries
Contracts for Galleries
How to Find Galleries
Choose Images to Show
Hanging the Images
Importance of Proofing Prints
Interview with Soren Christensen Gallery
Press Package Overview
Artist Statement for Your Series
Write Your 'About Me' Page
Importance of Your Headshot
Create a Leave Behind & Elevator Pitch
Writing For Fine Art
Define Your Writing Style
Find Your Genre
What Sets You Apart?
Write to Different Audiences
Write for Blogging
Speak About Your Work
Branding for Video
Clearly Define Video Talking Points
Types of Video Content
Interview Practice
Diversifying Social Media Content
Create an Intentional Social Media Persona
Monetize Your Social Media Presence
Social Media Posting Plan
Choose Networks to Use & Invest
Presentation of Final Images
Printing Your Series
How to Work With a Print Lab
Proofing Your Prints
Bad Vs. Good Prints
Find Confidence to Print
Why Critique?
Critiquing Your Own Portfolio
Critique of Brooke's Series
Critique of Student Series
Yours is a Story Worth Telling


  • 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.
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