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Endurance In A World Of Sprinting

Lesson 8 from: Adventure Photography Pro

Alex Strohl

Endurance In A World Of Sprinting

Lesson 8 from: Adventure Photography Pro

Alex Strohl

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8. Endurance In A World Of Sprinting

We've all heard the old adage that 'motivation is a muscle' and although in many ways that's true, there is much more to it that we rarely hear about. Knowing how to access our inner strength for the projects that matter is a life skill that should be taught at school, but isn't. Learn how in this episode.


Class Trailer



Workshop Intro






Gear - My Camera Bags


Mastering Camera Settings


Blue Hour, A How-To


Photos That Move Us


Visual Storytelling 101


Endurance In A World Of Sprinting


Keeping Your Ideas Fresh


Building Your Story Arc


Shooting More: Action Plan


Conveying Emotions


In the Field


The Assignment: Himalaya Pre-Pro


In the Field: The Himalaya Defender Shoot


The Assignment: Canon Pre-Pro


In the Field: Canon USA Shoot




Keywords & Organizing Images


Commercial Grading


Masking & Radial Filters


Perspective Correction


HDR (Hand-Held)


Black & White Edits


Before & Afters


Moody Grading


IG Export Settings


Web Export Settings


Clone Stamping & Patch Tools


Grading in Lightroom


Hand-Held Panoramas


Radial Filters Pt 2


Delivering Files to Clients


Archiving & Organizing Images


My Favorite Software




Let's Talk Business


Building A Desirable Portfolio


How to Contact Clients


Prospecting: Finding Brands That Fit You


Getting Clients To See Our Value


Paid to Travel the World


The Art of Making Moodboards & Treatments


Keys To A Fulfilling Career


Three Things You Need To Know Before Pitching


Finding Your Value Proposition


Media Kit: A Walk Through


How I Built My Audience


Social Media Landscape


Module Recap


Bonus - Everything To Know About Filters


Do You Need Lens Filters?


Filters in The Field


Bonus - Find Your Path


Find Your Path


Bonus - How To Print Your Work


Why Print or Sell Photos


Preparing Photos for Print


Reviewing Major U.S Printers


Lesson Info

Endurance In A World Of Sprinting

(gentle music) We've all heard the old adage that motivation is a muscle, and although that's true in many ways, there's much more to it that we rarely hear about. Knowing how to access our inner strength for the projects that matter is a life skill that should be taught in schooling maybe, and listen, I'm no doctor of psychology but I've developed a series of techniques that I've learned from some of the people I've read about in the past, who I've heard about or taken courses from, people like Wim Hof, Angela Duckworth, David Green, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to name the most famous. And these techniques keep me motivated and excited on a consistent basis. Since you were enrolled in this workshop, and are about a third of the way watching it, I'm going to assume you're quite a motivated person. So I'm gonna dive straight into my stronger principles. Hear me out. Power of repetition. So if motivation is a muscle we ought to use it daily to build it and maintain it. Kinda like going to t...

he gym, but for our head. For example, I know that if I don't keep a constant stream of hard things to do, I kind of start getting complacent and I wanna kick back. And most of us are like this. It's just inertia. Like a mind that is idle will just wanna remain idle, and a mind that's in motion will just wanna keep in motion. The target is repetition. The goal is that you get small wins throughout the day, but every day. The way you achieve that is that you build some sort of schedule that you stick to. A schedule that is firm, but yet flexible enough that you can keep it on the road. Right? So for example, cold showers. I think we can all agree that cold showers are not super pleasant but we can learn to like them and even crave them, or maybe just like them. Every other day, I wrap my hot shower with a one to two minute stretch of ice cold water. And in Montana it's pretty cold, as cold as it will go. I'll just crank the thing and stay under it. When I come out of my shower, I feel super energized and I've already done something hard in my day, right? My small win strike just began right there. I'm just priming my mind to do difficult things right from the morning. Another one that I do is that I stick to hard exercise schedules about three to five times a week. And I go as fast as possible up the mountain that's just out of my house. So, the nook. It's not exactly pleasant to run as fast as you can up a mountain. But I know that when I come back and you know, I'm down, I will feel great and achieved. The goal is not to punish ourselves but is to train ourselves to do the hard things on a constant basis every day. So you're the best person to decide what those things are. And so for your own sake, just pick some and stick to them. You know, one sentence that I tell myself when I don't feel like going and working out, for example, is I don't miss workouts, that's it. I don't miss them. It's much different than saying, ah, you know I should really go workout. It's not the same. So it's all like little mind tricks like that. You know, we've all felt it. You know, when we get that rush of motivation and we're like, oh I need to go and start this thing. Whatever. Edit these things. You, you just feel that you need to do it, right? And it lasts a handful of fleeting minutes and it just dies off so quickly, if we don't act on it. Let's say you're sitting on your sofa and all of a sudden you think about these photos you've never edited. And you're like, oh, you feel guilty. And you feel like a burning desire to go edit them. But hey, the hard drive is in your backpack and the car is outside and it's cold and you kinda let your mind stop at that little thing, and boom, just like that, that little burning fire it's just slowly fading away. One of the hardest things I've learned to do is to listen to that motivation and act on it. When I feel like I should start that very thing I try to get up and start right there. I don't visualize any of the steps cause as soon as you start visualizing, I gotta grab this and do that, then it's gone. One step at a time. I'll just stand up and start writing or editing or whatever. And next thing you know like, I look back at the clock and it's been an hour and I've been working on that thing. So just learn to identify that feeling when it comes. Like, oh yeah I gotta do this thing and act on it. You know, I call the stack the mental catalog of projects that I've completed in my career. You know, the ones I remember. When I'm feeling quite lazy and I'm struggling to finish a pitch document or a photo series, something hard. I just take a second and hop on my website to see what other projects I finished in the past, you know? Or I start thinking about all the things that I've sent and have brought me clients. I try to remember that feeling, you know, when I heard like, yes, let's do this project. That's my stack. The good news is that you don't need hundreds of completed projects to use this technique. One is enough. What matters is going through your archive of works, getting excited, visualizing the finish line, and getting back to it. That's the technique I used to finish like long term projects. Finishing off any sort of creative project kind of feels like torture. Let's be honest. We go from being enamored to being bored, tired, excited, frustrated, discouraged. Only to be freed by the moment that we had shared or published. If you don't know why you are in this field or why you're doing this thing, it'll be very hard to finish anything significant because you'll be lacking the deep why. Until you have a clear understanding of your deeply rooted reasons, you will likely lack the clarity and the motivation to finish anything. On the bright side, the exercise we did on the previous episode will probably have shed a lot of light on your whys. You know, why do you wanna be a full time creative? If at this point you're still unsure, go back to that exercise and I promise you it will change your path. One good way that I found to keep my whys top of mind, is to just print them or write them out on a small index card and place that index card just in front of my desk. And mine is actually just in front of my Mac right there. Because if you see it every day, it's just gonna sort of be ingrained in your brain. You know, your reasons will leave through you. In the end, I just want you to know that a creative career is not a race. It doesn't have a finish line and it feels like sometimes you are just meandering through the woods without any goal. It is a path of endless endurance, but if you're cut out for it I think it'll be the best thing you've ever done.

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Ratings and Reviews


Not What I Was Expecting Let me just start by saying that the workshop was very good. There were lots of things that I learned and many insights I took away. Perhaps the greatest bit of wisdom imparted to me was not anything Alex said but how he approached every subject he talked about. I felt that he was talking to me as a friend, very personal and open book. This was both a blessing and a curse as the course tends to meander around and is not as structured as others I've taken. Alex's passion for the highest quality, and craftsmanship in every aspect of his business, is very evident. From the premiums he charges, to the attention to detail in client deliveries. This is where my review is going to give some hopefully constructive criticisms. For someone so focused on a premium experience I was a surprised to find the course a bit sloppily assembled, and the videography and editing lackluster. This is coming from a videographer and someone with a lot of experience in online training. A few short examples to illustrate my point include: repeating segments of the edit (in some instances the exact same segment), poor framing. Colors changing between cuts, and my biggest pet peeve, not leaving photo examples on for long enough to see them. These are all small things, but they add up, and along with the topics meandering, left me a bit disappointed. I'm curious who you would say this class is aimed towards. Amateurs, mid-level, or experts? The assumption of who you are addressing changes throughout the course. I feel like with a bit of work from an instructional designer, and some editing cleanup, you could help hone this course to be one of the best out there. I feel like I need to do a more in depth review than will fit here, to actually explain this well. Let me know if that would be helpful to you. One other note: When I signed up for a workshop on Adventure Photography, I honestly thought it would be more field focused. The field examples were all shoots for products, and not shoots documenting an adventure. I guess I had just hoped to learn that side of the storytelling process more. Getting into the nitty gritty of being wet, cold, and dirty, and still shooting bangers. The section on filters (going out and building the snow cave) was more what I thought this course was going to be. Anyhow, with all that said, I still found it valuable and worthwhile. To summarize, the course feels a bit unpolished and in some ways unfinished though there is still great value. I've taken Jimmy Chin's Masterclass on adventure photography and it felt very structured and highly polished. I purchased "Adventure Pro" on the "finish in a month" discount. I would have felt ripped off if I had paid full price with the course in its current state. Thanks for reading and I hope my criticisms come as helpful. As I've already mentioned I'd be happy to further elaborate.

Topher Hammond

One of the best photography investments I'm only 1/4 of the way through Alex's course and I feel like I already have a loose plan on how I can move forward in my own career as a photographer. I felt like my work was lacking a specific feeling. The way that Alex articulated ideas on how to convey emotion in your imagery and building that overarching story arc for your own life narrative were super helpful to focus on how to make my work better. Super looking forward to the rest of this course. Thanks Alex and team!

Sergi Mas de xaxars Rosell

Great Workshop I learned quite a lot with this workshop. Because I'm in the industry for 5 years now, there were a few things I already knew. On the other hand, Alex showed me different and more effective ways to improve my business. I like the way he gives the lessons, always in a personal and close way. This is the knowledge I wish I had when I started. Totally worth it!

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