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Conveying Emotions

Alex Strohl

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Alex Strohl

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6. Conveying Emotions

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Conveying Emotions

(dramatic music) (camera shutter clicking) Conveying emotions. Emotions is everything when it comes to an image. Being able to move people through photography is probably my greatest pleasure in life. So, to achieve that, it's not scientific. I don't think there's a recipe you can apply to it. You just need to do it over and over. But some of the pointers I like to use is that I'll sit down with my idea before making my photo, and I wonder what is it that I want people to feel. What is the emotion I want to convey? What is it that I want the viewer to feel? Another thing I like to do to convey this emotion in the photographs, I wanna make people feel like they're in the photo. So I like to include a subject always, whether it's far or close. I don't have to see their face all the time. And the scale is important here. I like to, because I think that nature is so much bigger and stronger than us, I like to have people be kind of dwarfed by the landscape. So big mountains, big trees, i...

t's all about feeling small in this big world 'cause that's the way I feel. To convey emotion, you need to feel your photograph. So how do you feel that photo? It needs to come from the inside. It's not something you can just see in somebody else's photo and do the same. It's gonna be disingenuine. Don't get me wrong, it's important to be inspired by other people and to take some bits from their photos, but don't steal a whole dish. Just steal a bit and put it inside your recipe. (camera shutter clicking) So in this photo, I was on a kayak on a lake, and there's this lone tree very way up there in the mountain. So I turn around, got back to the car, and grabbed my 100- 'cause I saw that tree, that lonely tree, like one of a thousand in there. So I zoomed in pretty close, and that's the way I felt in that place. So I was like, this tree is kind of like me. So that's what I wanted to show in this photograph. (camera shutter clicking) This is a photo of my friend, Ben Hardman, in Iceland. It does show what I felt during that day. We spend the day driving in the highlands of Iceland, and Ben is kind of a quiet guy, so he's in his bubble and this image, I think, shows him through that landscape just in his head in an independent way. (camera shutter clicking) This is a photo of Julian. That's the end of the day in the Swiss Alps. We were just coming back from a long hike, and we're thirsty and sweaty and just having access to this spring water stream coming out of nowhere. It was pretty crazy, so I wanted to make a photo that was almost eerie, the light's surreal, and he's just drinking away out of that stream. I wanted the viewer to feel like they were there, and they're waiting for their turn to drink. That was just what I felt. Using the examples, that's the way I try to bring emotions into my photographs. I try to be in tune with my mind and what's happening in front on me, either it's before the shoot or while I'm taking the photo. So I just try to be very curious and focus about everything that's happening, kind of like an alerted sense. Keeping that sense very sharp will help you just bring this emotions in. (dramatic electronic music)

Class Description

Alex Strohl brings his Adventure Photography Workshop to CreativeLive to explain his approach to photography, editing and the sometimes overwhelming but super important business side of things. In this workshop- Alex takes you on a journey through his shooting process, developing your own style, editing your images and then strategies to get yourself noticed and grow your career.

You’ll learn:

  • Basics of camera techniques and making memorable images
  • Developing your own workflow and style
  • Getting noticed and working with brands
  • Taking action to accelerate your career

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David Corrochano

There's a lot of useful information on how to start up your bussiness or your carreer as a photographer. Great advices, he shows his personal workflow, from the beggining of a shooting till the end. That was what I was looking for. The editing process maybe could be reduced in only one chapter. Worth it.