• Instructors

    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.

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.

Tea with Mankins

2/18 (5:47)

Alex and Forrest have tea and kickoff the workshop.


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 wasted the idea and your own time.


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 what brought him back into creativity.

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 passion and direction.


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 don’t need everything to be perfect, just the elements we’re choosing to put in our frame.

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 communicate everything from your concept to logistics.

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 better work than you’ve ever made.

Building a Team

9/18 (2:17)

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

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 together.

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 strengths of whatever camera you have to use as leverage while you’re shooting.

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 different reasons.

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.


14/18 (2:37)

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

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, and process are more important than gear.

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 your portfolio.

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.


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."


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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