Storytelling with Photography
A transformational online photography course, that will change the way you take portraits
Next run: Spring, 2020
10-week course and community
transforming your ability to express yourself with imagery
Because you are unique and you can stand out
You know how to shoot technically good portraits, landscapes and still lives admired by people, yet you feel that there’s more to photography and you are eager to find ways to express yourself with it? Or maybe you turned to photography specifically for discovering the hidden part of TRUE you, that part that makes you unique and lets you stand out from the crowd? Your dreams, feelings, and emotions beg to be told, but you’re not sure where to start and how to execute creative projects? If you said “yes” to at least 2 of those questions, this is the course for you!
Imagine creating visual stories, that are truly uniquely you and don’t resemble anyone else's. Imagine standing out with your art, without being stuck in drawing inspiration from people on Instagram and Pinterest.
Imagine having a community of supporters, who welcome your creativity and all the crazy weird ideas that you might have and that people around you might not necessarily understand. A community that cares for your success, that makes you accountable and that challenges you to become a better creative every single day.
Storytelling with Photography gives you the tools and practices to be authentic with your art and make a real impact on your viewers by telling meaningful visual stories.
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Join the waiting list for the next run of the course!
The next run of the course will be in Spring, 2020. The exact dates will be announced in the next few months. Join the waiting list to be the first to find out and get a special early bird price offer!
What is it about?
The course is a 10-week guide into your creative photography journey and contains info on:
- A simple 5 step roadmap to help you tell GREAT visual stories with your photos
- Practical techniques for generating ideas instantly
- Simple tools for eliminating creative blocks
- The exact framework I use to create emotional images that resonate with my audience (including the surprise elements that I use)
- Why you should work in a series and not individual images
Year-long access to the course lectures;
- Weekly live Q&A sessions where you'll be able to send me your questions on everything related to my photography;
- PDFs with practical home assignments on finding ideas and course materials;
- Life-long access to the closed Facebook community, where you can share your future works and get practical tips from Dasha and other community members;
- Discounts from Dasha’s partners;
As a result of the course you will:
- Understand how to tell meaningful visual stories;
- Train your mind to easily come up with concepts;
- Never be afraid of creative blocks again;
- Have a roadmap of ideas for your future conceptual works;
- Generate a topic for are a series project;
- Meet your creative peers from all over the world and be a part of a community of like-minded people.
What do you need for the course?
- A personal computer with internet access;
- camera, which you’re comfortable with - recommended, but optional, since you won’t be required to shoot a lot;
- 2-6 hours per week to complete the exercises;
- Intentional self-awareness and thoughtfulness;
- Lots of enthusiasm and desire to experiment.
How is it organized?
When you order your course package in the shop, you get an email with a link to a closed Facebook community, where we’ll be sharing the results of our work and gather for live Q&A sessions. The peer groups will also be established via the closed Facebook community.
This course has been extremely helpful and inspiring for me! I found many answers to my questions and most importantly, where to find inspiration! Now I have so many ideas for future photo shoots and some ready sketches. Thank you so much!
Victoria Rayu, Varna, Bulgaria
Preview of what we’ll be learning
lesson by lesson
Lesson 1: Importance of Storytelling
What is conceptual photography and how it’s different from other types of photography?
Why do we need to tell stories and not just snap shots?
What if I don’t have a story to tell?
Lesson 6: Finding inspiration outside Instagram
How to be constantly inspired
Copying other artists and connecting the dots
Sources of inspiration
Motivation to do your art
Lesson 2: 5 rules for telling great visual stories
Putting your emotions to work
Creating stories that appeal to many
Understanding the structure of your stories
Lesson 7: What your story is really about? Creating concepts.
Understanding your likes and dislikes in the world around you
Finding your personal authentic stories that will resonate with others
Lesson 3: Style of a photoshoot. Elements of an image. The element of surprise that makes an image grab attention.
Recognizing the structure of an image
Role of each element in telling the whole story
Practical ways to surprise your viewers
Lesson 8: Generating actual shooting ideas. Dealing with creative blocks
Two ways of generating ideas
Dealing with the “blank canvas” syndrome
Overcoming being stuck
Lesson 4: Using symbols for creating compelling stories
Types of symbols you can use in your work
Symbolic cliches. Should you use them?
Creating your own symbols
Lesson 9: Thinking and working in series
Why create a series of images
What can be series and want can’t
Practical steps of creating a series
Lesson 5: Building a story from a “starting point”
The exact framework that I use to create surreal fine art images from scratch.
Learning to create a story from anything anywhere
Making elements of an image work together
Lesson 10: Artistic mindsets for being a better creative
There are no rules in Art
Dealing with the fear of failure
Comparing yourself to others
Time Management for artists (especially for moms)
So many a-ha moments! Loved every second of it, a whole new world of photography and so nice to be in a group! Learned to be using both sides of my brain, feeling and analyzing at the same time!
Sita Skert, Zagreb, Croatia
Friquently Asked Questions
I’m a beginner in photography. Will this course work for me?
Yes. This course will not check your technical skills, it will teach you to tell more meaningful stories with your medium. Having basic technical skills when using the camera will be helpful, as it will allow you to be more flexible when executing the tasks. However, if you’ve just picked up the camera, the course will be even more beneficial, since you’ll be able to focus on what you want to photograph from the very beginning. This course does not touch upon the technical part of photography. It deals with your ability to express yourself and create images that will make an impact on your viewers.
Will I get feedback on all of my completed tasks?
The complete feedback option is offered as a special bonus to the 10 people who sing up first for the course. During the course, I’ll be giving feedback on selected works of some students in our live Q&A sessions. This will allow all the students to learn from each other’s work, successes and mistakes. Still, if you want the benefits of total guidance, be quick to register among the first 10!
I’m an established photographer. Is this a good course for me?
Of course. This course offers an opportunity to dive deep into what’s inside your mind and being able to bring it to light thus making your artwork more authentic. You’ll be surprised how refreshing and inspirational the work in a community proves to be. This course will challenge you to stretch your skills even further and unlearn many of the things that block your creativity.
How long will I have access to the course materials?
The videos will be available to you for at least 12 months. I may extend this, but I am committing to hosting the content and classroom platform for at least that amount of time so that you can revisit it as often as you like.
Does my location matter?
Not at all! The first run of the course had students from all the time zones (from Santiago, Chillie, too many places in the US, the UK, Europe, and Asia). A new class will be dropped every Monday and you’ll be able to watch it whenever it works with your personal schedule. The live Q&A will be scheduled according to the Helsinki time zone (EEST). If we have many students from different parts of the world, 2 weekly sessions for different time zones will be scheduled.
How much time will I have to devote to the course per week?
I would say that 2 hours is a minimum - to watch the lesson video and to digest it. I recommend 4-6 hours per week to be able to actually work all the tasks through and get the best out of them.
What if I lag behind with the tasks due to some personal issues?
The course curriculum is set so that you need to complete the tasks for the previous lessons before jumping into doing anything for the next one. So if you lag behind, don’t worry, you can complete all the tasks in your own pace since you’ll have access to the learning materials for a whole year. Yet, it’s highly recommended to follow the proposed schedule, since this will be the best way to harness the power of the online community available through the course.
The course time doesn’t work for me, when will the next one be offered?
I will offer this course only one time in 2019. The next course run will be in spring 2020 and the price for it will be €350. If the offered course schedule September, 8 - November, 17 doesn’t work for you for any reason, remember that you’ll be 100% able to take classes on your own timeline, when you can devote time to them. You can jump in whenever!
I’m 99% sure that this course is for me, what else should I know?
I’m so happy that you’re up for it! Just a quick guess: you came here because you want to shoot like me? I want you to know that you can definitely shoot like me and better than me. You can and hopefully will tell deeper stories in more authentic ways. There’s not such a thing as a special talent. You can develop your creativity and rise it to amazing new heights. But you need to work for it and work A LOT. In this course, I’ve made sure that besides learning a lot of new information, you have lots and lots of practical tasks. Learning by doing is the most important thing. Here you have the safe and supporting environment to do it.
Please know that no matter what other people might tell you, expressing yourself through visual stories IS important. First of all, it’s important for you. You become a better human being when you understand yourself better and become capable of transferring your emotions into works of art. This is YOUR way of making the world a better place. It won’t be easy, nothing really valuable ever is, but we’re on this journey together and we’ll support you throughout.
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