Shooting to Remember: Capturing the Essence of Where You Are with Mandalyn Gilles

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Learn to capture the essence of a place to better tell your own story.

Go out shooting with Mandalyn in a series of videos, and learn her entire process in an extensive PDF that covers how, when, and what she includes to capture the essence of a place, its people, and cultures. Learn how to manage location challenges, such as bad lighting, ugly scenery, “tourist” images, and incorporating strangers in both portrait & documentary photos. From your own neighborhood or city to your favorite travel destination, Mandalyn will show you how she forms cohesive and powerful photographs wherever she may be.

Gain methods for:
• Capturing a sense of place
• Finding the best shot
• Creating dimension
• Composing for depth & interest
• Self portraits that include a sense of place
• A minimalist approach to editing (and import settings!)

what you’ll get:

  • Cultural & Street Photography
  • Photographing Cityscapes
  • Landscape Photography
  • Shooting Self Portraits
  • + a video on Mandalyn's gear
  • Foundational Editing
  • Location Editing
  • Cultural & Street Editing
  • Self Portrait Editing

A beautiful PDF that teaches you everything you need to know to capture the essence of where you are.

*Please note: All items in this listing are digital downloads that must be downloaded to a computer (you may transfer to an iPad after your original download to a computer).  Due to the nature of digital downloads, they are non-refundable.

about your presenter

Mandalyn Gilles is an American photographer and academic who currently happens to be living on the island of Sicily, Italy with her husband and two Boston Terriers, Birdee and Chalupa.  Inspired by the world around her, she specializes in travel photography but is also passionate about street, landscape, and environmental photography. Mandalyn spends as much time as possible devouring all the gelato, pasta, and pizza as she can while seeking out her next travel adventure.  Follow along with her travel adventures here.

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  • 5
    Just delving in, but these materials are so thorough and extensive!!

    Posted by Amanda Armitage on 7th Aug 2020

    I’m really looking forward to learning more and getting lost in the wealth of information that Mandalyn has provided. The images that Mandalyn has provided are so breathtaking and beautiful they clearly tell the story and bring back every feeling that she wanted to convey. I can’t wait until I get to travel again so that I can document my journey in a whole new way.

  • 5
    I’ve really enjoyed this Breakout, “Shooting to Remember.”

    Posted by Madeleine on 7th Aug 2020

    It’s not just the vistas that capture the essence of a destination, it’s the people and other small details that complete the picture. Mandalyn’s thorough instructional materials (pdf and videos) provide excellent examples and I’m already seeing a difference in how I process my images. I live in a small town that has seen lot of its economy move to the “big city”, but there is still beauty and interest in the details. This is my first breakout and I’m finding that all I want to do is take pictures all the time!

  • 5
    A feast for the senses!

    Posted by Evelina on 7th Aug 2020

    I’m not completely done with the breakout yet, but I feel like I just went on vacation – and so grateful as we still can’t travel anywhere! Shoot to Remember is in line with everything I love – a photo taken anywhere at any time can lead to a powerful emotion. Thank you for the reminder and the suggested photo lessons. I’ll be doing a few of the prompts soon! Loved the breakout and all of your amazing images. Thank you :)

  • 5
    I loved this break out!!!

    Posted by Krista on 7th Aug 2020

    I hope to travel one day so to hear from someone who travels as much as Mandalyn is wonderful! But this class is more then that! She helps you remember to take pictures in your own backyard! I have truly loved it!

  • 5
    I enjoy this breakout so far, although I have just gone half way through.

    Posted by Agnieszka Stefaniak on 7th Aug 2020

    Mandalyn reminded me the importance of the surrounding and importance of getting into the frame. Her editing videos give some interesting tips of how to edit to be consistent and make photos interesting. I especially enjoyed her shooting video of street photography and the self portrait one.