NOW ENROLLING: Picture This: Photography For Storytellers

November 3 - November 20, 2017, January 8 - January 15, 2018
A picture is worth a thousand words. Combine multiple pictures and you're telling an entire story. We'll teach you how to craft and compose alluring images that help tell your story beautifully.


Hi, I am Thorsten Becker. I have been a photographer for most of my life and have been working professionally for the past 10 years as an editorial and commercial photographer. I recently started Close Focus Studios, offering interior and product photography. I've been involved in visual storytelling for the past 30 years creating visual concepts, branding, 2D and 3D animations, and interactive media as well as teaching photography, photo editing, Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and interactive design.

Hi I’m Holly Becker and I’ll be a co-instructor for this class. For nearly 12 years I have been working professionally as an interior design author, founder and editor at decor8, interior stylist and photographer. I create content and stories for my books and also decor8 and my social platforms, and I work for some of the largest brands in the world creating campaigns and content for their products.

Registration Fee:

$119 (USD)

Start Date:

Friday, November 3, 2017

End Date:

Monday, January 15, 2018

Extended Access until:

1 extra week - final date on Monday, January 22, 2018. Please note: All materials can be easily saved and downloaded to your desktop.


Familiarity with photography is strongly encouraged. We will teach you techniques to better communicate your ideas, stories, and projects visually through your camera in a fun and entertaining way! Topics covered will be explained with easy to follow steps and will have simple technical explanations. You will also have plenty of opportunities to ask your teachers questions in the forum. During the final week of class, one of your teachers will view your project (you will have approximately 7 weeks to create it) and provide each student with a professional assessment.

Please note that you will need to own or have access to a DSLR or mirrorless camera (any camera where you can change lenses) as some of the topics cannot be followed with a smartphone camera. A compact camera with a zoom is also a possible option.

Time commitment:

Materials will take you approximately 2-3 hours each week to review total. The time that it takes you to do your final homework assignment is not included and homework is optional.


Notes: On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays you will get an email as a lesson posts to remind you to visit class. This class will not contain transcripts.

We will host one live session per week via Facebook Live where your teacher/s will take you on a shoot specifically created for this class or conduct a live chat to answer questions. You need a Facebook account to access the chat.

You should also sign up for a free Milanote account to participate in your assignment.

Week one

Monday - Principles of visual storytelling. It's all about composition - A:

  • Contrast & Affinity
  • Rule of thirds, golden ratio

Wednesday- Principles of visual storytelling. It's all about composition - B:

  • Deep space, flat space, limited space
  • Tonal separation, color separation

Friday - How focal length affects composition

  • Close up, Medium close up, Long shot
  • Compression and distortion

Week two

Monday - Composition and light

  • Crop factor and how it affects field of view and depth of field consideration
  • ISO Tips - how to control noise or use it creatively
  • Using glass filters to control lighting

Wednesday - Principles of Visual Storytelling - 4 different shot types

  • Open with an establishing shot: focus on the big picture
  • Emblematic shots: communicating complexity
  • Detail shots: the little things matter
  • Abstract shots: details turn to art

Friday - Bringing it all together

  • How to plan a shoot day for your blog
  • How to plan a shoot day for a client
  • Using Milanote For your Photography Project Due January 8 (video)

Week Three - January 8-15

Note: Your Photography Assignment is due by January 8 and should be done using Milanote.

Photography Project Assessment for all students who completed their project using Milanote from Thorsten or Holly. It is a good idea that you follow along all week to view our tips and ideas for each students' work so you can all learn together.

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