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A manual for taking a photo series from concept to creation.

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.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    19:06
  2. 02

    Storytelling & Ideas

    27:34
  3. 03

    Universal Symbols in Stories

    03:19
  4. 04

    Create Interactive Characters

    02:16
  5. 05

    The Story is in The Details

    04:13
  6. 06

    Giving Your Audience Feelings

    05:49
  7. 07

    Guided Daydream Exercise

    04:20
  8. 08

    Elements of Imagery

    02:19
  9. 09

    The Death Scenario

    01:47
  10. 10

    Associations with Objects

    03:01
  11. 11

    Three Writing Exercises

    06:39
  12. 12

    Connection Through Art

    30:35
  13. 13

    Break Through Imposter Syndrome

    07:40
  14. 14

    Layering Inspiration

    23:13
  15. 15

    Creating an Original Narrative

    07:42
  16. 16

    Analyze an Image

    04:12
  17. 17

    Translate Emotion into Images

    04:31
  18. 18

    Finding Parts in Images

    06:02
  19. 19

    Finding Your Target Audience

    04:05
  20. 20

    Where Do You Want Your Images to Live?

    12:01
  21. 21

    Create a Series That Targets Your Audience

    32:43
  22. 22

    Formatting Your Work

    06:08
  23. 23

    Additional Materials to Attract Clients

    07:24
  24. 24

    Which Social Media Platforms Will be Useful?

    04:17
  25. 25

    How to Make Money from Your Target Audience

    11:27
  26. 26

    Circle of Focus

    07:55
  27. 27

    The Pillars of Branding

    06:18
  28. 28

    Planning Your Photoshoot

    09:05
  29. 29

    Choose Every Element for The Series

    07:38
  30. 30

    Write a Descriptive Paragraph

    09:37
  31. 31

    Sketch Your Ideas

    17:27
  32. 32

    Choose Your Gear

    02:50
  33. 33

    How to Utilize Costumes, Props & Locations

    26:18
  34. 34

    What Tells a Story in a Series?

    13:06
  35. 35

    Set Design Overview

    01:43
  36. 36

    Color Theory

    19:50
  37. 37

    Lighting for the Scene

    12:05
  38. 38

    Props, Wardrobe & Time Period for Set Design

    06:00
  39. 39

    Locations

    04:31
  40. 40

    Subject Within the Scene

    07:26
  41. 41

    Set Design Arrangement

    05:46
  42. 42

    Fine Art Compositing

    03:46
  43. 43

    Plan The Composite Before Shooting

    10:29
  44. 44

    Checklist for Composite Shooting

    18:52
  45. 45

    Analyze Composite Mistakes

    12:11
  46. 46

    Shoot: Black Backdrop for White Clothing

    10:42
  47. 47

    Shoot: Black Backdrop for Color Clothing

    08:36
  48. 48

    Shoot: Black Backdrop for Accessories

    08:17
  49. 49

    Shoot: Miniature Scene

    09:59
  50. 50

    Editing Workflow Overview

    01:57
  51. 51

    Add Fabric to Make a Big Dress

    08:35
  52. 52

    Edit Details of Images

    08:09
  53. 53

    Add Smoke & Texture

    10:47
  54. 54

    Blend Multiple Images Into One Composite

    24:58
  55. 55

    Put Subject Into a Miniature Scenario

    17:55
  56. 56

    Location Scouting & Test Photoshoot

    22:10
  57. 57

    Self Portrait Test Shoots

    22:30
  58. 58

    Shoot for Edit

    04:21
  59. 59

    Shoot Extra Stock Images

    10:01
  60. 60

    Practice the Shoot

    25:07
  61. 61

    Introduction to Shooting Photo Series

    03:33
  62. 62

    Shoot: Vine Image

    10:40
  63. 63

    Shoot: Sand Image

    09:50
  64. 64

    Shoot: End Table Image

    04:59
  65. 65

    Shoot: Bed Image

    06:18
  66. 66

    Shoot: Wall Paper Image

    05:54
  67. 67

    Shoot: Chair Image

    08:02
  68. 68

    Shoot: Mirror Image

    06:57
  69. 69

    Shoot: Moss Image

    05:48
  70. 70

    Shoot: Tree Image

    07:33
  71. 71

    Shoot: Fish Tank Image

    04:09
  72. 72

    Shoot: Feather Image

    09:00
  73. 73

    View Photo Series for Cohesion & Advanced Compositing

    07:35
  74. 74

    Edit Multiple Images to Show Cohesion

    36:55
  75. 75

    Edit Images with Advanced Compositing

    29:33
  76. 76

    Decide How to Start the Composite

    09:35
  77. 77

    Organize Final Images

    21:37
  78. 78

    Choosing Images for Your Portfolio

    08:19
  79. 79

    Order the Images in Your Portfolio

    16:28
  80. 80

    Why do Some Images Sell More Than Others?

    16:03
  81. 81

    Analyze Student Portfolio Image Order

    11:42
  82. 82

    Framing, Sizing, Editioning & Pricing

    02:19
  83. 83

    Determine Sizes for Prints

    16:44
  84. 84

    How to Choose Paper

    13:56
  85. 85

    How to Choose Editions

    07:18
  86. 86

    Pricing Strategies

    18:59
  87. 87

    How to Present Your Images

    13:26
  88. 88

    Example Pricing Exercise

    09:39
  89. 89

    Print Examples

    08:23
  90. 90

    Licensing, Commissions & Contracts

    04:44
  91. 91

    How to Keep Licensing Organized

    06:07
  92. 92

    How to Prepare Files for Licensing

    07:28
  93. 93

    Pricing Your Licensed Images

    12:33
  94. 94

    Contract Terms for Licensing

    12:07
  95. 95

    Where to Sell Images

    04:55
  96. 96

    Commission Pricing Structure

    08:23
  97. 97

    Contract for Commissions

    12:17
  98. 98

    Questions for a Commission Shoot

    08:45
  99. 99

    Working with Galleries

    08:58
  100. 100

    Benefits of Galleries

    07:39
  101. 101

    Contracts for Galleries

    10:32
  102. 102

    How to Find Galleries

    05:22
  103. 103

    Choose Images to Show

    08:53
  104. 104

    Hanging the Images

    03:38
  105. 105

    Importance of Proofing Prints

    08:04
  106. 106

    Interview with Soren Christensen Gallery

    21:59
  107. 107

    Press Package Overview

    04:35
  108. 108

    Artist Statement for Your Series

    18:20
  109. 109

    Write Your 'About Me' Page

    09:04
  110. 110

    Importance of Your Headshot

    03:55
  111. 111

    Create a Leave Behind & Elevator Pitch

    20:19
  112. 112

    Writing For Fine Art

    04:44
  113. 113

    Define Your Writing Style

    14:49
  114. 114

    Find Your Genre

    06:41
  115. 115

    What Sets You Apart?

    02:25
  116. 116

    Write to Different Audiences

    05:10
  117. 117

    Write for Blogging

    39:57
  118. 118

    Speak About Your Work

    14:21
  119. 119

    Branding for Video

    07:37
  120. 120

    Clearly Define Video Talking Points

    14:27
  121. 121

    Types of Video Content

    31:45
  122. 122

    Interview Practice

    13:22
  123. 123

    Diversifying Social Media Content

    22:32
  124. 124

    Create an Intentional Social Media Persona

    24:48
  125. 125

    Monetize Your Social Media Presence

    18:46
  126. 126

    Social Media Posting Plan

    04:01
  127. 127

    Choose Networks to Use & Invest

    02:57
  128. 128

    Presentation of Final Images

    19:13
  129. 129

    Printing Your Series

    09:16
  130. 130

    How to Work With a Print Lab

    13:39
  131. 131

    Proofing Your Prints

    10:11
  132. 132

    Bad Vs. Good Prints

    03:32
  133. 133

    Find Confidence to Print

    10:50
  134. 134

    Why Critique?

    06:55
  135. 135

    Critiquing Your Own Portfolio

    10:39
  136. 136

    Critique of Brooke's Series

    16:18
  137. 137

    Critique of Student Series

    40:07
  138. 138

    Yours is a Story Worth Telling

    02:09

Meet Your Expert

Brooke Shaden

Brooke Shaden was born in March of 1987 in Lancaster, PA, USA. She grew up near the "Amish Country" until attending Temple University. Brooke was photographically born in December 2008 after graduating from Temple with bachelor degrees in film and ... read more

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Bonus Material

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Get access to exclusive bonus content when you purchase this class.

  • pdf Guided Daydream & Writing Exercises Workbook (Lessons 1-11)
  • pdf Creating an Original Narrative Workbook (Lessons 12-18)
  • pdf Finding Your Target Audience Workbook (Lessons 19-27)
  • pdf Planning Your Series Workbook (Lessons 28-34)
  • pdf Set Design Workbook (Lessons 35-41)
  • pdf Compositing Workflow Checklist (Lessons 42-49)
  • pdf Editing Workflow Checklist (Lessons 50-55)
  • pdf Location Scouting Workbook (Lessons 56-60)
  • zip Stock Image Downloads for Practice (Lessons 61-72)
  • zip Editing & Compositing Videos (Lessons 73-76) - All 7 Image Edits *8.2gb file*
  • zip Editing & Compositing Videos (Lessons 73-76) - Fish Tank Edit *2.5gb file*
  • zip Editing & Compositing Videos (Lessons 73-76) - Bed Image Edit *1.9gb file*
  • zip Editing & Compositing Videos (Lessons 73-76) - Chair Image Edit *1.3gb file*
  • zip Editing & Compositing Videos (Lessons 73-76) - Sand Image Edit *1.1gb file*
  • zip Editing & Compositing Videos (Lessons 73-76) - End Table Image Edit *926mb file*
  • zip Editing & Compositing Videos (Lessons 73-76) - Mirror Image Edit *166mb file*
  • zip Editing & Compositing Videos (Lessons 73-76) - Vines Image Edit *132mb file*
  • pdf Organizing Your Portfolio Workbook (Lessons 77-81)
  • pdf Pricing & Editioning Your Work Workbook (Lessons 82-89)
  • pdf Writing Contracts & Licensing Images Workbook (Lessons 90-98)
  • pdf Gallery Best Practices (Lessons 99-106)
  • pdf Pitch Package Workbook (Lessons 107-111)
  • pdf Writing Your Brand Workbook (Lessons 112-117)
  • pdf Marketing Workbook (Lessons 118-122)
  • pdf Social Media Workbook (Lessons 123-127)
  • pdf Printing Methods Checklist (Lessons 128-133)
  • pdf Self Critique Workbook (Lessons 134-137)
  • pdf Brooke-Shaden-Fine-Art-Bootcamp-bonusmaterialsguide.pdf
  • pdf Brooke-Shaden-Fine-Art-Bootcamp-Syllabus.pdf

98% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • April S.

    April S.

    November 2017

    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

    November 2017

    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.

  • Creativelive Student

    October 2017

    What an amazing 20 days this is going to be! Brooke is so enthusiastic and has such a lovely manner. What a bargain for all of the information Brooke will be sharing with us. So excited. Thanks Brooke and Creative Live. :)

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