• 37 Video Lessons

    In 6hrs of HD content, including 9 in the field episodes, 6 interview episodes and 6 editing episodes Finn & Alex explain their approach to storytelling with photography.

  • 6 Lightroom Presets

    Get the Lightroom presets Finn used for the images in this workshop plus some bonus one's he made especially for you.

  • Supporting PDF

    A downloadable PDF accompanies the workshop with module recaps, notes and links to Finn's favourite tools.

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  • AMAZING workshop!
    Johan Ravilo

    This is an incredible workshop with invaluable information and insight into photography and the creative process. Currently watching it for for the 3rd time, and Im sure it won’t be the last. It really has changed the way I approach photography. I recommend this workshop to anyone interested in photography, no matter the level of experience. Great work guys!

  • Greatest Thing To Happen To My Photography
    Rachael Mooney

    If you're wondering if you should really buy this workshop, I 100% suggest that you do. I've been studying photography for about seven years now, and no lesson has ever impacted me the way that this workshop did. Not only did I benefit greatly from the photoshop tips and tricks, but I benefitted even more from the viewpoint that Finn offered on how important storytelling is. I'm currently in college studying Advertising and Photography, and this workshop offered a perfect mix of skills from both fields. I'm also the student photographer for my university's office of communications. Luckily, I have a super cool boss (shout out to Bernadine) who allowed me to watch the workshop during my shift. I watched the whole workshop over the span of two work days... and then watched it again about a week later. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to shoot a 50 and stitch since I'm a broke college kid using a 10 year-old camera with no prime lenses. BUT I'm working really hard to save up for a new camera and I am SO excited to try it out then! To Alex and Finn – thank you so much for making this workshop. I cannot express to you how much it has helped me on my photo journey. You are both truly amazing and I hope one day I can have the privilege of even assisting you on a shoot. Frankly, I would be your coffee fetcher if it meant I had the chance to see you work your magic. Thanks a million, Rachael Mooney p.s. it isn't much, but here is my website: moonrayphoto.wordpress.com

  • Inspiring - Excellent teacher
    Joe Gardner

    I highly recommend this course, for any photographer wanting to get into commercial / brand / advertising photography and who wants a solid foundation of best practices to learn and build from. Finn's teaching style is incredibly engaging. Aside from his talent as a photographer, he has a natural gift as an educator which comes through in his careful pacing and thoughtful attention to detail. There are the usual fun elements in the course that you would expect (shoot days and editing, but also the more 'nitty gritty' business and planning elements which I feel is where the true strength of the course lies. Finn is clearly a master of visualizing and planning a concept from conception through completion, and the methods he outlines in the course, could as well be applied to a video shoot or movie. His design background shines through and his emphasis on a highly polished and professional approach (decks, mood boards, call sheets) is invaluable. On a slightly negative note, there are occasional (and forgivable) production issues, such as the sound cutting for a second or two here or there, but nothing that would deter you from thoroughly enjoying this course. Another slight gripe, is that I would like to save the videos to my hard drive but understand that people may abuse that feature. Overall, this is an excellent workshop.

  • Great - even for experienced photographers
    Pat Kay

    Even as an experienced photographer, there's always something to learn from the process of other experienced photographers - things you don't do quite as well as you thought, streamlined processes that are better than yours, a perspective or voice that articulates your own message in a more deliberate, succinct way. For me and my work, Finn's approach to storytelling fills gaps I didn't quite know I had. Even though I already consider myself a decent storyteller, Finn's approach is one that we can all learn from. In addition, the level of polish and professionalism by both Finn and Alex during the workshop shows a level of care you just don't get with many other workshops. Even without the great workshop content, the presentation in itself is a delight to consume. Highly recommended.

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Workshop Curriculum

M1 - Introductions
  1. 1. Series Introduction

    Welcome to this new workshop highlighting the working practices of Finn Beales.

  2. 2. 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.

  3. 3. Q&A Coffee with Finn & Alex

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

  4. 4. 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.

  5. 5. Gear

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

M2 - Storytelling 101
  1. 1. 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.

  2. 2. Essence: Location

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

  3. 3. 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.

  4. 4. Essence: Events

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

  5. 5. 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.

  6. 6. Recap

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

  7. 7. The Importance of Shot Type

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

M3 - Prepare for Success
  1. 1. Introduction

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

  2. 2. 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.

  3. 3. 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.

  4. 4. Treatments & Moodboards

    In this episode 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.

  5. 5. 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.

  1. 1. 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.

  2. 2. 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.

  3. 3. Location Recce

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

  4. 4. The Roadtrip

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

  5. 5. Surf Day

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

  6. 6. Shooting Technique 1: 50 and Stitch

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

  7. 7. Shooting Technique 2: Tracking Shot

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

  8. 8. Alex Shoot Day

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

M5 - Edit. Better.
  1. 1. 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.

  2. 2. 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.

  3. 3. Grading In Lightroom

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

  4. 4. Analogue 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.

  5. 5. 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.

  6. 6. Using Squarespace

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

M6 - Q&A's
  1. 1. Q&A: Editing with Alex and Finn

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

  2. 2. Q&A: Pricing Your Work

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

  3. 3. Q&A: Shooting

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

  4. 4. Q&A: Photography Today

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

  5. 5. 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.


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