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My Favorite Software

Lesson 33 from: Adventure Photography Pro

Alex Strohl

My Favorite Software

Lesson 33 from: Adventure Photography Pro

Alex Strohl

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33. My Favorite Software

Alex gives you an in depth look at the apps and websites that he uses in his daily work.
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Lessons

Class Trailer

Intro

1

Workshop Intro

03:18

Foundations

2

Gear

12:14
3

Gear - My Camera Bags

08:00
4

Mastering Camera Settings

07:41
5

Blue Hour, A How-To

10:45
6

Photos That Move Us

07:19
7

Visual Storytelling 101

07:51
8

Endurance In A World Of Sprinting

06:27
9

Keeping Your Ideas Fresh

08:31
10

Building Your Story Arc

06:44
11

Shooting More: Action Plan

02:01
12

Conveying Emotions

07:52

In the Field

13

The Assignment: Himalaya Pre-Pro

12:08
14

In the Field: The Himalaya Defender Shoot

20:29
15

The Assignment: Canon Pre-Pro

10:25
16

In the Field: Canon USA Shoot

15:06

Editing

17

Keywords & Organizing Images

06:42
18

Commercial Grading

04:47
19

Masking & Radial Filters

12:33
20

Perspective Correction

05:39
21

HDR (Hand-Held)

03:37
22

Black & White Edits

07:00
23

Before & Afters

01:33
24

Moody Grading

13:15
25

IG Export Settings

04:00
26

Web Export Settings

02:44
27

Clone Stamping & Patch Tools

05:51
28

Grading in Lightroom

06:45
29

Hand-Held Panoramas

03:41
30

Radial Filters Pt 2

02:38
31

Delivering Files to Clients

12:33
32

Archiving & Organizing Images

10:15
33

My Favorite Software

03:44

Business

34

Let's Talk Business

01:03
35

Building A Desirable Portfolio

11:17
36

How to Contact Clients

12:00
37

Prospecting: Finding Brands That Fit You

04:16
38

Getting Clients To See Our Value

10:16
39

Paid to Travel the World

14:48
40

The Art of Making Moodboards & Treatments

08:09
41

Keys To A Fulfilling Career

07:40
42

Three Things You Need To Know Before Pitching

06:19
43

Finding Your Value Proposition

08:02
44

Media Kit: A Walk Through

08:06
45

How I Built My Audience

07:46
46

Social Media Landscape

07:32
47

Module Recap

03:08

Bonus - Everything To Know About Filters

48

Do You Need Lens Filters?

09:36
49

Filters in The Field

12:40

Bonus - Find Your Path

50

Find Your Path

07:44

Bonus - How To Print Your Work

51

Why Print or Sell Photos

23:21
52

Preparing Photos for Print

06:44
53

Reviewing Major U.S Printers

06:57

Lesson Info

My Favorite Software

In this episode, I wanna tell you about my favorite tools and websites that I use to make my work. So without further due, let's begin. Slack. I use Slack to communicate with a host of creative freelancers, like designers, editors other photographers, I've built a small community on Slack. There's maybe 80 people on our Slack. And whenever I need to get a hold of somebody quick, I just use Slack. It makes building a project as a, you know, as a group, much easier. So if you find yourself texting or having to email other people you work with in the industry, maybe to start a Slack and get them in. Maybe you can build a good community like that. Another app that I use is called CleanMyMac. Pretty much, CleanMyMac is, sounds a bit tedious, but what it does os that it cleans your Mac from all sort of unwanted files. You know, when we work with a lot of photos and films as photographers, and we always need this pace. So I found CleanMyMac to, you know, be very efficient at cleaning my hard ...

drive. It's a good one. Notion. Notion works in tandem with Slack for me. I use notion to collaborate with other creatives on projects. When I build a film with somebody, when I build a photo story, when I build a workshop, for example. So anytime, you know, it's, imagine seeing it as note taking but on steroids, meaning that every note can be linked to a project. It's just much more burly but it's not burly intimidating, right? Everybody can learn to use Notion. I just love it to collaborate on a project in real time. It just makes it much more solid. So I highly recommend it. Evernote. Evernote is really solid and I think you should use it. It's to me, it's superior than the notes app on the computer. I have thousands of notes in there and every time I have an idea, I just work on Evernote. I build a caption, I build it on Evernote. It's just, it's like a second brain, you know. I keep all the information there and also highly recommend it. Dropbox. Well, it's no secret that I love Dropbox. We have a team plan. Well, there's like five terabytes. You don't need that much. But every JPEG that I've exported from my computer from my Lightroom catalog lives on Dropbox. And it's all, you know, keyworded like you've seen the other episode and it's easy to find, you know, the big thing again is that it works in tandem with Slack and Notion is that every time we collaborate on a project with other creatives, I wanna make sure that we all have the latest version of the file, and Dropbox does that really well. I find it actually more usable than Google drive. Google Drive is a bit more clunky. Backblaze. As you saw in the archive episode, I just back up everything on Backblaze. All my photos, in case there's some fire somewhere, God forbid, I can have all my photos, you know, back restored somewhere in a matter of days. So as any photographer, filmmaker, you should have a good place to back up your stuff. And Backblaze, for my research, is the best one for that. Musicbed. So when I'm working on films with editors, I like to, you know, work on the music with them. I think music to me is really important on the film, especially. So I like to make sure that we're using good stuff. So I'll go into Musicbed. And out of all the other ones that, you know, are up there, I think Musicbed is the one with the best catalog. So after a lot of trial and error I've just become pretty loyal to Musicbed. It's all I use, mostly for YouTube. The workshop, everything in the workshop is with Musicbed. So if you build films on YouTube or on the internet, or for commercials, give a good try to Musicbed.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Workbook
A Note From Alex

Ratings and Reviews

Jon
 

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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