• Instructors

    Finn Beales
  • Skill Level

    Level 2

    You know the basics, but are keen to learn more about camera settings, histograms, and color profiles; as well as higher level photography notions. You'll get a healthy balance of both.

  • What You Get

    6 hours of learning

    + 36 segments

    + Lesson PDF

    + 9 in the field episodes

    + 6 Lightroom Presets

  • Learn to

    Build a story in your creative

    + Develop a mood-board, call sheet, and shot list

    + Prepare for a shoot, including what gear to use

    + Shoot, direct, and transition

    + Create a post production and editing workflow

    + Work with clients

What You'll Learn

Finn wants to take you through his process, step by step. You'll learn why stories are so important to your work, and how to use characters, events, and location as elements to drive the story. Then, you'll learn how to plan, shoot, and edit like Finn does.



Welcome to the newest Strohl.Works workshop with Finn Beales - a never before seen deep dive into how he works.

Introducing Finn Beales


Finn works with some of the world's most demanding brands who are attracted by his cinematic style and the narrative he weaves throughout his work.

Coffee with Finn & Alex - Q&A


Have coffee with Alex and Finn and learn about how they met and why they're making this workshop together.

Welcome to the Workshop


Finn introduces the format for this workshop and goes over the reasons why it's important to include story in your work.



Take a look at the gear Finn has brought on this shoot: cameras, lenses, storage, bags, toolkit, and an H.

What is a Story?


In this episode Finn deconstructs the essence of a story so you can learn and then apply some methods and techniques to improve your own.

Essence: Location


Finn discusses the importance of location, which includes supporting details and props and the impact it can have on your story.

Essence: Character


Finn shows how you can use characters to drive events in your story by identifying their desires, the importance of credibility and also how he likes to work with models.

Essence: Events


In this segment, Finn teaches you how to use obstacles to build events, crafting a journey and incorporating product into a story.

Photography as a Medium


Finn talks about generating mood and feeling using your characters, and how to involve your audiences own experiences in your work.



Finn recaps on his steps for building a story from scratch.

The Importance of Shot Type


Finn discusses his key shot types and the qualities each on can bring to a story.



Finn explains how he approaches a shoot and manages clients expectations from the onset.

Asking the Right Questions


Finn breaks down his approach for responding to prospective enquires and gives you a list of questions you can put to clients to help you price and produce a shoot.

Identifying your Locations


Finn explains how he uses 3 criteria to identify locations and how you should keep a story at the heart of everything you do.

Treatments & Moodboards


In this segment Finn walks you through the treatment he has developed for this workshop and also the moodboard he will use to ensure everyone involved is on the same page.

Creating a Call Sheet & Shot List


Finn walks you through an example call sheet and creative brief he made for a job he shot last year.

Meeting your Subjects


In this episode Finn talks about the steps he takes before he meets with someone he is due to photograph, steps that will help him capture natural portraits.

The Board Room


Finn shoots the first part of his story in Dan Costa's board shaping room. He walks you through his thought process when capturing a person at work and the shot types he's looking for.

Location Recce


Follow Finn and the rest of the crew as they conduct a location scout ahead of sunset.

The Roadtrip


In this episode Finn shoots the transitional elements for his story involving the Land Rover and the surrounding landscape.

Surf Day


Follow Finn as he shoots the culmination of his story at the beach as Dan prepares for a sunset surf session.

Shooting Technique 1: 50mm & Stitch


Finn breaks down one of the key techniques he uses when working with a 50mm lens.

Shooting Technique 2: Tracking


Finn breaks down the process associated with shooting from car to car so he can generate a sense of movement.

Alex Shoot Day


Watch Alex shoot for the same client but produce different results.

Introduction to Editing


Finn explains his approach to editing, filter Lightroom catalogues to speed up workflow and also grading images using presets and Photoshop plugins.

Making Selects


Finn gives you an insight into his digital post-production process, and shares the system he has developed for filtering image catalogues to help him easily locate files.

Grading in Lightroom


Finn's editing process in Adobe Lightroom: Basic Adjustments, Tone curve, HSL Panel, Split Toning Sharpening, Camera Calibration, Gradient & Radial filters.

Analog Film Elements


A step-by-step approach to adding inconsistencies like film grain and light leak effects into a digital file to give your image a nostalgic feeling.

Building the Story


Finn walks you through the story he has creating using the images from his shoot and explains his thinking behind the images he has chosen.

Using Squarespace


Finn shows you how he builds his photo stories using Squarespace and also the settings he uses when exporting from Lightroom.

Q&A: Editing with Alex & Finn


Learn how Finn approaches editing, grading, color theory, and developing a style for you photography.

Q&A: Pricing your Work


In this segment Finn and Alex discuss the tricky topic of pricing your photography and give you examples and advice to help you value your work.

Q&A: Shooting


Alex asks Finn about his processes to shed some light on why he approached this shoot in the way he did.

Q&A: Photography Today


Alex and Finn discuss the photographic industry, creative fields in general, and how it pays to adopt new technology.

Q&A: Stuff that Alex is Curious About


Finn discusses his back story, what drives him to make photos, and how living in a remote place informs his approach to life and his photography.

"This is an incredible workshop with invaluable information and insight into photography and the creative process. Currently watching it for for the 3rd time."


Class Extras

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

Finn Beales

Finn is an award-winning travel, lifestyle and commercial photographer based in the United Kingdom where he lives with his wife and two children.
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