• Instructors

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    Forrest Mankins

  • Skill Level

    Level 2

    You’re new(ish) to photography but your friends think you're great at taking photos. You've been learning the fundamentals and now want a little more direction.

  • What You Get

    2 hours of learning

    + 18 segments

    + 4 Lightroom Presets

    + Lesson Guide PDF

    + 10% Moment Discount

  • Learn to

    Capture memorable photos

    + Creating a concept and plan

    + Finding and directing talent.

    + Capturing candid moments.

    + Creating a natural look with your edits.

    + Getting the most out of your gear

What You'll Learn

In this deep dive into the way Forrest views the world, you’ll learn his strategies and high-level vision that will help you elevate your work to the next level.

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Workshop Intro

1/18 (1:58)

Alex introduces one of his favorite creators, Forrest Mankins, and gives some backstory to their relationship and the workshop.

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Tea with Mankins

2/18 (5:47)

Alex and Forrest have tea and kickoff the workshop.

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Failure

3/18 (1:52)

You can do an amazing job at planning out an entire shoot, but by choosing a less than amazing image as a final result you’ve wast...

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Burnout

4/18 (2:13)

With the right mindset, you can turn an obstacle into an opportunity. Learn from Forrest’s experience with burnout and find out wh...

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Creating Concepts

5/18 (2:55)

Forrest explains how taking the time to write down brief outlines of your ideas can help you come back to photography with a new p...

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Planning

6/18 (2:15)

It’s important to think about the point or the substance of a photo as your primary goal, with the location being secondary. We do...

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Finding People to Shoot With

7/18 (4:49)

Forrest helps you find/identify people to shoot with, even if you’ve never done it before. He explains how and why to properly com...

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Working with Talent

8/18 (5:09)

Go above and beyond with how you treat people, and you’ll make new creative relationships that put you on the path to creating bet...

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Building a Team

9/18 (2:17)

Forrest demystifies “building a team” and suggests practical and easy ways to do it

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Shooting with a Team

10/18 (8:50)

Follow along on a photoshoot with Forrest to see him build a team and how he relies on them for help to make the shoot come togeth...

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Film vs. Digital

11/18 (5:26)

Every camera has its own strengths and weaknesses. Learn how to prioritize the image over the medium, and capitalize on the streng...

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Editing - Referencing Film

12/18 (23:03)

Keeping film and digital work cohesive takes practice, but it is totally doable. Find out why Forrest chooses different film for d...

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Editing - Finishing a Concept

13/18 (3:12)

After shooting a concept in the field, it's important to continue your vision through the editing process.

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Presets

14/18 (2:37)

A preset is information: Forrest explains how they are totally invaluable in informing our own perspectives.

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Lake $500 Challenge

15/18 (4:41)

When a new camera is released, it doesn’t make yours obsolete. In the first $500 challenge, Forrest shows how style, technique, an...

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Learning Taste

16/18 (4:10)

Time put in by itself isn’t a guarantee or an indicator of taste and skill--what most people call talent. Find out how to evolve y...

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Land Cruiser $500 Challenge

17/18 (11:40)

In the second $500 challenge, Forrest continues to show how style, technique, and process are more important than gear.

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Q&A

18/18 (30:54)

Looking for specific answers to specific questions? Find out what Alex was curious to ask Forrest.

"With the right mindset, you can turn an obstacle into an opportunity."

— FORREST MANKINS

Class Extras

Get more out of the lesson with exclusive presets and downloadable content.

Forrest Mankins

Hi, my name is Forrest Mankins. I’m a commercial lifestyle photographer and director based in Western Montana.
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