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32 Video Lessons

In 5hrs of HD content, including 6 field episodes and 6 editing episodes, Benjamin shares everything he's learned on his pursuit for a unique, striking aesthetic.

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32 Video Lessons

In 5hrs of HD content, including 6 field episodes and 6 editing episodes, Benjamin shares everything he's learned on his pursuit for a unique, striking aesthetic.

Community Forum

Enroll during pre-order to get exclusive access to the Strohl Works Community Forum. Get direct feedback on your Workshop assignments from Ben & Alex themselves.

Supporting PDF

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


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Benjamin Hardman

Five years ago, Benjamin embarked on his first photographic mission in an Arctic winter climate. Ever since, Benjamin’s passion for the cold has grown to lead him in search of the North’s most obscure landscapes – the barren, cold and volatile environments that are inhabited by colossal ice structures, carved volcanic mountains and resilient wildlife. Now calling Iceland home, Benjamin divides his time between a range of photographic assignments and solo exploration, whilst utilising social media as a platform to share his experiences and perspectives on life and nature in this region to a widespread global audience.

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organizing them into a series in Lightroom, and assembling them fror visual cohesion on the Instagram feed with UNUM.

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Workshop Overview

M1 — Gear & Prep

1. High-Resolution Setup

Breaking down Benjamin’s go-to gear for when high-resolution imagery is of utmost importance.

2. Lightweight Gear Setup

Versatility is always a necessity, but sometimes weight can be a hindering factor. This is what you would find Benjamin shooting with whilst on a mountaineering ascent when having lightweight gear is key.

3. Backpack Breakdown

A comprehensive look into the necessities that Benjamin carries with him on his expeditions.

4. Aerial Photography

Walking through the specialized aerial photography equipment that has revolutionized Benjamin’s work in recent years.

5. Gear & Clothing

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing” as the quote says. The Arctic is no exception. This is what Benjamin wears and uses, making him ready to take on extreme conditions.

6. Research & Preparation

Planning is important in a volatile arctic environment. Pre-planning and back-up plans could mean the difference between a successful and unsuccessful shoot.

M2 — Shooting & Editing

1. Seals of Glacier Lagoon

Ben is searching for Icelandic wildlife to photograph - demonstrating how composition and framing angle can affect the intensity of wildlife portraits, lining up the background frame and what lenses you may need for this.

2. Editing: Lightroom Basics

You must shoot RAW to take advantage of Lightroom’s colour adjustments and full image dynamic range. This episode helps students understand RAW.

3. Capturing Glacial Detail

Benjamin is shooting details of the ice, showing sometimes the most impacting images are in the smaller, often overlooked details of a scene.

4: Editing: Macro Detail

Find out how lens choice brings out the detail of ice - tele vs macro and creating a visual story using a combination of both.

5. Exploring on Foot

Ben is on location with Siggi from Midgard for a mountain hike to reach the summit Búri. Documenting the journey and ultimately capturing images of the surroundings and mountain peak with camera and drone.

6: Editing: Image Stitching

Learn how to effectively create a multi-image stitch… even if it takes being a 294 Megapixel image to get there.

7. Photographing the Elusive Reindeer

Finding a clean aesthetic in a busy scene, low angles, and placing the animal with a consistent background, using foreground elements for bokeh.

8. Editing: Subjects in Sunset Light

Color schemes, image framing, and translating a scene of how you visualized it into an edit.  

9. Documenting Iceland's Jagged Peaks

Composing a mountain peak with negative space, analyzing the light, and using adverse weather to create texture and emotion.

10. Editing: Atmospheric Mountains

Sculpting light to isolate centralised subjects, using Selective Adjustments (Radial, Brush, Grad ND) to balance the light & weight and draw the viewer into the subject.

11. Mountain Drone Photography

Benjamin will demonstrate how to find and isolate subjects with a drone - getting close to mountain faces or finding a clean scene with a bird's eye perspective (often using snow). 

12. Editing: Aerial Abstraction

Using nature and its patterns and shapes to draw focus to a subject - leading lines such as mountain valleys and river streams

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M3 — Finding Your Style, Curation, and Social Media

1. Benjamin's Style

Style is like a fingerprint - it’s the personal aspect that makes your work uniquely you. The importance of finding and continuing to develop style is not only for personal taste, but for making yourself stand out against others in the highly competitive photography world. 

2. What Inspires Benjamin

Benjamin shares how other photography isn’t his biggest inspiration, but rather the landscapes, music and emotion, and the patterns of weather and the changing earth.

3. Creating Your Own Voice

Starting first by recognising what inspires you - it can be photography, fashion, architecture, music. Gather what inspires you and have it somewhere it can be looked at (moodboard, posters, phone background).

4. Curation: Computer to Phone & UNUM

This episode shares Benjamin’s emphasis on creating a cohesion across his images, and how this works to his advantage. His main platform is Instagram - so this relates to that.

5. Social Media Q&A with Alex

Having organized and well-executed social media can lead to job opportunities, exhibition opportunities, everything. Learn how Benjamin built his social media from the ground up.

M4 — Running A Creative Business

1. Benjamin’s Story & Business Tips

Benjamin shares his experience and some tips to help you start the journey of running your own business. He speaks from the perspective of taking on a business alone and the major considerations when working from home.

2. Presenting Professionally

Having a complete set-up and covering all aspects of your business (website, social media, email address, physical portfolio, logo, business card, references, account stats, client list, etc)

3. Printing Your Work

How to prepare your image files (blacks, printer profile, sharpening), which paper he uses to print, and the steps it takes to bring an image to life.

4. Staying Inspried

Recognising the importance of experience, and taking time to appreciate the process.

M5 — Wrap Up

1. Workshop Takeaways

Wrapping up and Benjamin’s favorite noteworthy advice to take your craft to the next level.

2. Workshop Summary

Ben & Alex reflect and recap over the strongest points that have been shared in the workshop. Congrats you finished!

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When is the workshop available?

The workshop will become available on May 1.

How do I get help?

Just email us: hello@strohl.works

Will this be added to the Adventure Photography Workshop?

This is an entirely new standalone course and it won't be added to the APW. We will however keep adding different bonus content on a regular basis to the APW.

For how long can I access the workshop?

Forever. You can take the course at your own pace and watch every episode as many times as you want.

Can I watch offline?

Yes! There's an all new iPhone app that will let you download the episodes to your phone for offline access.

Does it have subtitiles?

Yes.

Can I gift it to someone?

Yes! Just put your email in the order to receive access information. Then you can just send the access to your friend or loved one on the desired date.

How long is it available?

This is a self-paced course. Once you enroll, it will be available indefinitely.