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Styling & Storytelling

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Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Preparing a photo shoot

    • 3. Backdrops & Props

    • 4. Introduction to Composition & Storytelling

    • 5. Layering

    • 6. Framing

    • 7. Rule of Thirds

    • 8. Balance

    • 9. Storytelling

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About This Class

In this course we will teach you the art of intentional styling. You will learn all the powerful composition techniques that you need to master to take your styling to the next level.

We will teach you techniques such as layering, the rule of thirds, framing etc. We will also go into the details of storytelling and how to effectively tell a story with your photo, how to create the right mood and how to catch the viewer's attention!

We will take you behind the scenes when we style & shoot our photos. You will learn tips and tricks on how to select the best props and backdrops for your photo session and you will also be able to see our styling process from start to end in several styling videos.


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Hi, we are 3 entrepreneurial sisters in law. We are also founders of Blomverket - a flower subscription service, based in Stockholm, Sweden. Besides that we also teach photography, styling and storytelling through our online courses and different workshops.

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1. Introduction: Hi. We are three entrepreneurial sisters in law and we are founders of Bloom, like a flower subscription service based in Stockholm, Sweden. Besides that, we also teach photography, styling and storytelling through our online courses and different workshops. Here at skill share, we would give you a taste of our signature course styling and storytelling, and we would go through some of the most powerful composition techniques. But you need to know, such as the layer in technique. Framing Third's Way will also go into storytelling and how to effectively tell a story with the photo, how to create the right mood and how to catch the viewers attention. We will also take you behind the scenes where we style and shoot our photos. We will share tips and tricks on hand to select the best props and backdrops for your photo session, and you will also be able to see our styling process from start to end in several styling videos. Way really hope that you enjoy this course and you're always welcome to visit our home page to get to know us better and to find all of our courses and workshops. You will also find us on Instagram, where we share inspiring photos and photography tips and tricks 2. Preparing a photo shoot: First of all, we want to go into the details of preparing a photo session. It is important to plan the photo session head and to have a rough picture off what we want to she with her photo shoot. And while we're preparing a photo session, we always start with creating a mood board in Pinterest, sir, prior to an upcoming photo session like this one, for example, where we going to shoot a table setting scene? We start to pin images that we like, and that goes well with the theme for the photo shoot. It could be images where we're like the camera angle, the depth of field. The color tones are maybe just overall mood in the image. So this is a good way to start the creative thinking process and to find inspiration. It's not about copying someone else's photos, and we definitely want to respect the work that other photographers put into their images. 3. Backdrops & Props: Once we decided on the set up our received, we start to think about which backdrop that we want to use almost all of our photos air taken in the living room with the Gray Wallace a backdrop. And as long as the Wallace painted in a fairly muted color, the world will work just fine. But let's imagine we didn't have a suitable wall. In that case, we could use curtains or window paint our own backdrop like this one, for example, Hair were used to caught on cameras and painted it with acrylic paint. This backdrop could also be used on you need the obvious that we're shooting. Another thing that's important to think about when we select our backdrop is the shoes materials with a pattern or texture. See, this is a really effective way to make sure that our photos look more dynamic and interesting. Once was elected the backdrops for the scene we're about to shoot. We start to think about the props that we want to include, and when it comes to props, would tend to makes both. All the new things, oftentimes is actually the old and the rusted things that makes the photo more interesting . Something that we absolutely love having in our photos are different type of fabrics like these napkins, for example, or these bands made out of different materials. The reason that would like fabric so much is because it's such an effective way for adding depth into our images. Where we folded like this. We get wrinkles and shadows, and as you can see, this shadows will effectively help us to build the depth in the photo. 4. Introduction to Composition & Storytelling: The term composition is commonly used within photography, and it refers to how we arrange the different elements in the frame in order to make it official. A pleasing composition often goes hand in hand with storytelling, and the story that we want to tell with our photo thistle element of store telling within photography really gives a new dimension to it. So instead of pursuing just good looking photos, we want to create images that tells a story on the captures the viewers attention and emotions. Ultimately, we want the viewers to be able to imagine themselves in the photo. In thes two images, You can probably see the difference between a good looking image to the left and one where we added this elemental storytelling. So we don't want a photo look overly stage, but rather as it was captured in the very moment of his dinner to place. So look, mess it. Let some other glasses behalf force if someone been drinking and that the napkins look like if they be used 5. Layering: one of the most important techniques that we use a lot when we styler images is called layering, and with each layer we want to Addison's of depth to the photo, and we also want to make it more interesting. Let's say that we want to shoot this cup of coffee here, together with flowers could keep this image as it ISS without any additional styling, and it would probably turn out as an A K photo, even though it wouldn't catch our attention for were Long. Celente show you how we work with different layer to make the photo of more interesting and to add dimension to it now that we start to add additional layers to the scene, we could, for example, at one more plate underneath the cop. This minor change makes the photo more interesting and adds dimension to it. So let's add a sick and played. Ultimately, we want to turn our photo that is two dimensional into a three dimensional experience for the viewer. In the next layer, we want to add some fabric, so let's use this napkin here, for example. And we usually folded like this because that's when we get these wrinkles and these beautiful shadows that really helps us at Dimension to a photo. And as we mentioned earlier, we always try to have this storytelling mindset in the back of our heads. So in our next layer we looked at some seed capsules. Some leaves the sister and we try to make it look a little bit missy. And now we're almost done with this image. But what if we replaced our black coffee with a cappuccino? I'll see this black coffee doesn't have any like pattern or anything that makes it interesting, but is that it's pretty compact in our image. So a cappuccino is a good way to add both check shirt and pattern into our image. And as the last last layer, we had this seed capsules here on the side of our coffee cup, and now we're entirely Donald, this photo. And if we were to shoot this image and that's, um, editing to it, it would look like this. And as you can see with our layers, this image is much more interesting compared to the image that was started 6. Framing: next composition technique in Linus, framing and framing is a good way for drawing the viewers. Attention to remain subject by creating are putting some sort of frame around it. Earlier, we discussed how we can frame selected parts of the image with the help of different props like trees, etcetera. Another way of framing our images could be to play something in the foreground, the frames, the rest of the image. He replaced a window in the foreground, which helps us to frame this picking flowers. Actually, we combine it with another great way of framing, and that's the nearer death of field. As you can see, the window is entirely out of focus, and this selective focus technique allows us to control which part of the photo we want the viewer to focus on. And let's have a look at this photo for a moment here to see that near adept, a few makes the sweater and the napkin to be out of focus, while the rest of the images Scharping here. Another trick for framing within photography is Vigna ting. Basically, this means that the edges of the images darker than the rest of it, convenient in could be an unintended or on a desired effect caused by the camera or the camera lens. But we love this effect, and we often add extra venerating afterwards. In the editing process, it looks gorgeous, and it is often a very good way to make the elements in the photo pop out. 7. Rule of Thirds: The next technique that we want to go through is called the Rule of Thirds, and this is probably the most basic rule within photography and styling, and it's great to use the skyline. Nor did do decide where to place important compositional elements in the frame is such a wave of the photo looks visually pleasing and well balanced. So what you do is that you imagine the frame divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically, and then you will end up with nine squares, as you can see, and after that we make sure to place our main object along these lines or at the point where they need so in this photo, intentionally place our main object. This coffee cup in one of intersections, and this is more pleasing to the eye looks more natural than if we were to place it in the very center of the frame. And it is a very common beginner's mistake plays the main object in the center of the frame . But if you start to experiment with this, you will discover that if you move up to just a couple of centimetres from the center, you will create more attention and more interest in the composition. And if you prefer to shoot with the camera in your phone instead of a DSLR, we can hire, recommend you to justice settings in your phone and enable the grid lines. This is very useful, and you also have a tool here for deciding on whether your phone is parallel to the surface that you're shooting. So when the yellow and the white cross are in top of each other, that's when you know your phone is entirely parallel to the surface. 8. Balance: a common beginner's mistake is to try to fit everything inside the frame. It's always good, though. Toe, let the elements and you're seeing have some breathing room. And this brings us into the discussion of balance and how to place their different elements in such a way that the image feels balance and visually interesting. Let's say that we want to stop this scene over here and that we want the cup of tea to be the main subject in our photo. And right now we placed all of our props on equal distance from each other, and this it could be in a K photo, but it's a bit boring, and also it's not clear where to focus our attention of viewers. So instead of equal distance from each other, let's group some of the props together like this cup of tea, the milk and the chocolate let's moving closer together, and then we can also move some of the other props here. Further weight, like the tea leaves, trade over here and we intentionally create some breathing room between the opiates and the composition feels more dynamic, less staged. So let's compare the two compositions to the leftist where we started with all the props on equal this is from each other. And if we're compared with the image to the right, it's easy to see what a difference it makes to move the props around just a little bit. And we have also cropped the image in such a way that we get more of the background in the bottom of the image unless of the props to the left. This is how we guide the viewer to focus the attention on the cup of tea, and we make sure that everything else in this scene is on Lee there to buck up this main object and for the very same reason. We also want to make sure that the main optic is in the intersection off one of our imaginary lines. As we discussed in the section of rule of thirds 9. Storytelling: as the last thing we want to return to the storytelling that were briefly touched on earlier. A story Selling is where we communicate with the viewer and where we visually tell them the story that we want our photos represent. It is almost like a movie, but instead of thousands of frames, we only have one. And this can, of course, be a bit challenging. But if we learn to mass that this, our photos can transform from just a good looking photo into something much more, there are a lot of ways that we can tell stories with our photos. And here we want to go through our favorite ones first. Oneness use composition techniques as a storytelling tool. All of the techniques that we go through in this course are very useful in the store. Itali thes techniques. They will have buster directive yours attention through the important elements in our photo , and this is essential To master the viewer need to know what the main subject is to be able to understand the story. The next trick is to leave. Traces include small details in your photo that gives the viewer hint of what's going on it could be in the form of different props may be selecting a cozy warm sweater and a cop off t. All of this gives of your clue about the context, the sea sun, and it also invokes certain emotions in the viewer. And if we take a step back and soon out of it, it will be easier to create a whole setting. And we can also include more props and other clues that gives the viewer the context. And sometimes we have reports my once assumed in photo something from a storytelling perspective. It's not so interesting, and it doesn't trigger any imagination or emotion in the viewer.