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The Photographic Style & Aesthetic Workshop
32 Episodes
5hrs of Content
One look at Benjamin Hardman’s work and you will see it’s one of a kind. In this workshop, Benjamin shares everything he’s learned on his pursuit for a unique, striking aesthetic.

Included in the workshop is a comprehensive 24-page guide to traveling & photographing Iceland.

- 40 total locations, 20+ under-the-radar locations in one easy-to-use guide with 2300km covered.
- Get Benjamin's insider knowledge on West Fjords, South Coast, East Fjords & more.
- From half day trips to 7 day missions.

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Part 01
Fundamentals & Pre-Production
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Production
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Looking to make films that evoke emotion? This course can be taken by photographers who are expanding into filmmaking – or filmmakers who are ready to take their work to the next level.
The Photographic Style & Aesthetic Workshop
32 Episodes
5hrs of Content
One look at Benjamin Hardman’s work and you will see it’s one of a kind. In this workshop, Benjamin shares everything he’s learned on his pursuit for a unique, striking aesthetic.
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average of 4.8 out of 5 stars

Well made workshop with good examples
Kristin Olsen
It’s nice to see the whole process from shoot to finished edit. Wish some parts were shown even more throughly, like making the stitched images for example. All in all a nice workshop in a nice environment. Worth the time and money spent.
Moving to Iceland now...?
Janelle Dransfield
Loved this workshop! I really liked the way the modules are split up, and the way you watch Benjamin go out on location for a shot, then immediately sit down and watch his editing process for that specific shot. So much editing to learn too, since he doesn't use presets! The workbook is also super thorough, so printing it out allowed me to pay close attention and just add little notes here and there. The Iceland road guide is also SO helpful and in depth. Can't wait to use it. Also loved that Ben talked about printing your own work. Would be cool to maybe see something from Wildist in the future that goes even more into depth on that (calibrating your own printer, working with a print shop, dropship sites, etc.) Awesome course. Thanks, Hardman.
Very Informative & Awe Inspiring
Matthew Grandbois
Both Benjamin and Alex have played huge roles in my photographic style development over the years and it is great to hear first hand exactly what inspires and drives Ben to keep pushing his creative boundaries. Personally, I love his minimalist approach and it was super insightful to watch him explain how he developed that style and how he actively produces photographs in a cohesive manner. 10/10 recommend this workshop to anyone looking for a very unique and profound perspective with the intent of expanding your creative horizons.

Kristin Olsen

July 1, 2021

Well made workshop with good examples

It’s nice to see the whole process from shoot to finished edit. Wish some parts were shown even more throughly, like making the stitched images for example. All in all a nice workshop in a nice environment. Worth the time and money spent.

Kristin Olsen

July 1, 2021

Janelle Dransfield

June 16, 2021

Moving to Iceland now...?

Loved this workshop! I really liked the way the modules are split up, and the way you watch Benjamin go out on location for a shot, then immediately sit down and watch his editing process for that specific shot. So much editing to learn too, since he doesn't use presets! The workbook is also super thorough, so printing it out allowed me to pay close attention and just add little notes here and there. The Iceland road guide is also SO helpful and in depth. Can't wait to use it. Also loved that Ben talked about printing your own work. Would be cool to maybe see something from Wildist in the future that goes even more into depth on that (calibrating your own printer, working with a print shop, dropship sites, etc.) Awesome course. Thanks, Hardman.

Janelle Dransfield

June 16, 2021

Matthew Grandbois

February 28, 2021

Very Informative & Awe Inspiring

Both Benjamin and Alex have played huge roles in my photographic style development over the years and it is great to hear first hand exactly what inspires and drives Ben to keep pushing his creative boundaries. Personally, I love his minimalist approach and it was super insightful to watch him explain how he developed that style and how he actively produces photographs in a cohesive manner. 10/10 recommend this workshop to anyone looking for a very unique and profound perspective with the intent of expanding your creative horizons.

Matthew Grandbois

February 28, 2021

Holland Clement

February 25, 2021

I mean, yeah - you should for sure take this workshop

Genuinely enjoyed this workshop. The landscape of Iceland (especially when frozen) is such a unique and different one than I've had the experience in shooting in before. So although this workshop took place in a location that is drastically different than the one I'm currently able to capture, the content itself was massively helpful and encouraging in the progression of my career. Would recommend to anyone looking to further their expertise- both beginner and non.

Holland Clement

February 25, 2021

Arthur Bremond

A classic one

Would be the basic one that every minimalistic photographer should see, all the informations needed are in, it's full of good time!

Arthur Bremond

Filippo Dierico

December 4, 2020

Ben makes me shoot with passion again

A deep dive into Ben's entire photographic process, which makes me shooting and editing with passion again. As many could wrongly think, the main topic of this workshop is not how to take bangers while in Iceland, but the passion and curation that Ben puts in his never ending creative process. Those elements are invaluable, independently by the kind of photography you pursue or the location you're in, and in the workshops you can concretely feel them while watching and learning concrete shooting/editing techniques. This workshop represent a solid milestone in my photographic journey, and I couldn't recommend it enough. Thanks Alex and Takk Fyryr Ben!

Filippo Dierico

December 4, 2020

Tommaso

@tommasoselleri

December 8, 2020

My first workshop

Benjamin is a fantastic teacher and the workshop is amazing. I am a newbie photographer but I am enjoying it a lot. It is full of useful suggestions, concepts and materials. Also listening to Benjamin personal story is super inspiring! Fantastic! PS I was not able to view the workshop through the app but only via website. Not sure if it is my fault.

Tommaso

December 8, 2020

Brent Morris

May 11, 2019

Great source of inspiration!

I absolutely adored this course. Being able to hear the thoughts behind shooting and editing decisions and seeing the incredible level of detail oriented decision making that goes into making a photo. It’s an awesome experience.

Brent Morris

May 11, 2019

Well made workshop with good examples
Kristin Olsen
It’s nice to see the whole process from shoot to finished edit. Wish some parts were shown even more throughly, like making the stitched images for example. All in all a nice workshop in a nice environment. Worth the time and money spent.
Moving to Iceland now...?
Janelle Dransfield
Loved this workshop! I really liked the way the modules are split up, and the way you watch Benjamin go out on location for a shot, then immediately sit down and watch his editing process for that specific shot. So much editing to learn too, since he doesn't use presets! The workbook is also super thorough, so printing it out allowed me to pay close attention and just add little notes here and there. The Iceland road guide is also SO helpful and in depth. Can't wait to use it. Also loved that Ben talked about printing your own work. Would be cool to maybe see something from Wildist in the future that goes even more into depth on that (calibrating your own printer, working with a print shop, dropship sites, etc.) Awesome course. Thanks, Hardman.
Very Informative & Awe Inspiring
Matthew Grandbois
Both Benjamin and Alex have played huge roles in my photographic style development over the years and it is great to hear first hand exactly what inspires and drives Ben to keep pushing his creative boundaries. Personally, I love his minimalist approach and it was super insightful to watch him explain how he developed that style and how he actively produces photographs in a cohesive manner. 10/10 recommend this workshop to anyone looking for a very unique and profound perspective with the intent of expanding your creative horizons.
I mean, yeah - you should for sure take this workshop
Holland Clement
Genuinely enjoyed this workshop. The landscape of Iceland (especially when frozen) is such a unique and different one than I've had the experience in shooting in before. So although this workshop took place in a location that is drastically different than the one I'm currently able to capture, the content itself was massively helpful and encouraging in the progression of my career. Would recommend to anyone looking to further their expertise- both beginner and non.
A classic one
Arthur Bremond
Would be the basic one that every minimalistic photographer should see, all the informations needed are in, it's full of good time!
Ben makes me shoot with passion again
Filippo Dierico
A deep dive into Ben's entire photographic process, which makes me shooting and editing with passion again. As many could wrongly think, the main topic of this workshop is not how to take bangers while in Iceland, but the passion and curation that Ben puts in his never ending creative process. Those elements are invaluable, independently by the kind of photography you pursue or the location you're in, and in the workshops you can concretely feel them while watching and learning concrete shooting/editing techniques. This workshop represent a solid milestone in my photographic journey, and I couldn't recommend it enough. Thanks Alex and Takk Fyryr Ben!
My first workshop
Tommaso
Benjamin is a fantastic teacher and the workshop is amazing. I am a newbie photographer but I am enjoying it a lot. It is full of useful suggestions, concepts and materials. Also listening to Benjamin personal story is super inspiring! Fantastic! PS I was not able to view the workshop through the app but only via website. Not sure if it is my fault.
Great source of inspiration!
Brent Morris
I absolutely adored this course. Being able to hear the thoughts behind shooting and editing decisions and seeing the incredible level of detail oriented decision making that goes into making a photo. It’s an awesome experience.
Great source of inspiration!
Giacomo
I was surprised by the amount of content that this workshop contains. Starting from the equipment to the final printing of the artwork which Ben covers in the workshop. I found super inspiring the way in which Ben edits and thinks about the concept behind his photos, developing them through his own style. Moreover, the fact that there is a new community forum for the one enrolled makes the workshop even more valuable. Really loved this course, looking forward to the next one!
100% worth the money!
Hanan
I am massively enjoying this workshop. Watching Ben teaching you how to edit will be the best editing tutorial you will ever see. The whole thing was incredibly constructive and well done. The production quality was 10/10 and the content was 10/10. Highly recommend it and it is definitely worth it. Really good!
Great to begin with
Björn Lexius
I really enjoyed watching this and I believe when you’re starting out with adventure photography you can take a whole lot away from this course. Ben‘s ideas behind the shots and his editing are interesting to hear and will definitely motivate people to go out and explore the beautiful planet we are allowed to live on.
Such great information and inspiration!
Kyle Hassenfratz
I’m almost done with the course, but I’ve already learned so much useful information. I really admire Ben’s work and it’s such a unique opportunity to learn not only how he edits, but why he makes those choices when capturing and editing the shots. There were also many tools in Lightroom that I wasn’t taking full advantage of, Ben explained it in a way that I’ve never picked up from any other workshop. Thank you for putting together this course!
Give it a try!
Arthur Brémond
I was hesitant for the others ones, more than 200$, sure that’s is huge, but that is from Alex, the master photographer ! I haven’t finished the workshop but it is so inspiring for the moment, and much more enriching thanks to the community forum ! That’s already a classic ! See you on the community forum :)
Diverse learning for the beginner and professional
Spencer Fochtman
I’ve taken nearly every workshop hosted by Alex and continue to do so, as each one strives to teach something different. Ben’s workshop with Alex has a unique approach in that it dives into every general aspect of photography with a focus in editing. You’ll learn everything from editing for print, digital, how to focus building your business/brand, see Ben’s style of working in the field, rationale of what gear to carry and frankly making due with what you have. They’re all important lessons for both the beginner and professional alike.
Years of work and experience in only one course
Pablo Elorza
It’s amazing how much inspiration you can get from these courses. I’ve bought every single one and with its help I’ve developed and improved my skills as photographer. It’s funny how just a talk with experienced photographers can change your vision and can help you to find your own voice. Thank you Alex for making this possible and thank you Ben for sharing your vision, experience and secrets.
Struggling with the decision
Florian Hofer
For a while I was struggling with deciding if I should buy this workshop or not, that is if it would be worth the money or not. But afterwards I don‘t regret it at all; I learned so many new things, got a different view/perspective on others and I thought it was really useful to get some insight in other people’s work. The best thing is that now I have it forever, can always look certain things up again and use it as an inspiration for new ideas and a motivation for going out to take photos. Ben really inspires me! Investing in knowledge gives you more out of your photography then gear can ever do.
Totally worth it!
Anja Huber
I was debating with myself, if I should do the course or not - I do not regret enrolling, totally stoked in fact. Benjamin is a great teacher and very thorough, the course is diverse , touches on many different subjects and you can take it at your own pace. I am only halfway through and learned tons already. There is much food for thought, the community forum is great and on top of it all you get assignments which Ben and Alex then critique. Totally worth it!
Worth the money!
Joel
Really enjoyed this workshop. I have been a full time photographer for 9 years but this still gave me a few good tips that improved my work a lot. The quality of sounds and videography was not the best quality compared to many similar priced workshops but content was 6/5
Outstanding
Stephen Norman
I’m not one to usually spend money on workshops but the work Alex puts in is always flawless, so this was a first time for me and it was undeniably worth it. Ben is an excellent teacher, he is very easy to listen to and it’s a great insight into his creative workflow. I just happened to be traveling around Iceland when this workshop came out and It inspired me immensely. Thanks to Ben & Alex for all their hard work, this workshop is brilliant.
Unique.
Dani Guindo
Totally different from any other workshop out there. Real knowledge that you can put in use in just after finishing the workshop. Really inspiring. If you're aiming to be a professional photographer, or if you feel lack of motivation, or just if you're starting photography go for it, you won't regret it. I was hesitating about buying it, but at the end, there's no better investment that invest in knowledge for yourself.
best workshop i visited so far
franz xaver aicher
I really enjoyed taking part in this course which gives an interesting and useful overview about different fields of aesthetic photography and the tasks around it. Well prepared and absolutely worth every penny.
Inspiration
Philippe Hamel-Huard
I always admired Benjamin Hardman's work, it is so pure and unique. This workshop was definitely worth it, such an inspirational journey through is career and how he developed his own style. I learned a lot from composition to editing on how to make your work stand out. Totally recommend this. Thank you for all the work you put into this.
Absolutely needed for winter photography
Mir Niaz
Harsh conditions in the winter for landscape photography is never an easy task. This workshop really gives insight into how to best prepare yourself and continue working amidst bad lighting and difficult terrains. The workshop is also inspirational - it really gives you a look outside your comfort realm! Great stuff here guys and thanks for constantly pushing me to do better.
Ben is Unique
Rich Gibbins
Like a lot of people i’ve always been rather curious about Ben’s style, the ability to share his process and how much is focused on detail is crazy. It’s encouraged me to look deeper into my images and bring the best out in them. Captured nicely by Alex & the crew. Thanks a lot Ben X Alex
Inspirational
Stefan
I hesitated to but this workshop but I found it very interesting as an addition to the other workshops. Ben explained how he started to find his style, which is something I'm still struggling with. With excellent tips on starting your own photography business and staying motivated. The Q&A was an amazing idea to add at the end, most of the questions I'd ask Ben myself, were discussed here as well. Great job guys!
Excellent
Braden
Loved this workshop, and I use things I learned every time I take photos, work on them in post, or prepare to shoot. While it may seem like spending money on something that isn’t “gear” might not be worth it, I’ve found that the opposite is the case. Even though I’m not quite the perfectionist that Ben is, seeing how he sees what’s missing or distracting to an image and then learning to correct for it either in the shot or in post opened my eyes to how much more potential there is with each shot. It helped me to understand each shot as an opportunity to create and image, and not just to take tons of pictures and hope to got a good one when looking afterwards (all too easy and unfulfilling of a strategy with digital). Also really appreciated the detailed walkthroughs in post-processing and what all the sliders do and how to use them in Lightroom, it’s a powerful tool but can also be overwhelming until you’re used to it, and this workshop definitely helped me figure it out as I develop my own style. Beyond the content, the production of the workshop was superb - great workshop, and highly recommend!!!
Great!
luke leesburg
Really enjoyed the content of this workshop!
First Workshop
Alec Brown
The first workshop I have ever purchased. I've always been hesitant to invest in a workshop, however this went above and beyond my expectations. Fluid in progression, great insight and a super relaxed learning curve full of information. I feel this has prepared me to take my own personal photographic journey to the next level. Executed to perfection. Nice work guys! 10/10 recommended.
Better than any real life class
Danielle
As a young photographer, it’s hard to be taken seriously sometimes. With this online workshop, it doesn’t matter who you are or your skill level. They just want us to be able to learn. This workshop has taught me so much not only about how to better use my camera, but how to prepare for shoots, and how to dedicate time to editing a photo in lightroom instead of changing a couple settings and calling it good. I actually liked it so much that I went on Benjamin’s Iceland expedition workshop in June 2019. These artists have a real dedication for their art and this workshop teaches us how to as well. Highly recommend! -Danielle @dxniellephoto
Covers it all up, great workshop!
Luca
At first I hesitated a bit with buying the workshop... Wasn‘t sure if it‘s going to give me what I expected. Nevertheless I was very interested, not only because I am traveling to Iceland in September but also because Ben is an extraordinary photographer with a unique style. And I didn‘t get disappointed! There is so much information shared that it‘s not enough to watch it once. Ben is a great teacher and especially when editing he can explain very well - which is not an easy thing to do as most people "just do it“ but cannot document it properly. The workshop includes topics as gear, trip planning, composition aspects, how to stand out from the mass, editing and a lot more in a very cool manner! I look forward to further workshops which help me finding my own style with the best possible skills. So, thanks to Ben and Alex for this amazing workshop! Cheers from Switzerland, Luca
Extremely insightful
Eqan Vernon
I was initially hesitant about spending that much money on an online workshop, but before I even got halfway through it was clear that it was absolutely worth every penny. This workshop will give you a fantastic insight into the creative processes of an awesome photographer and will provide you with excellent training and tips in Lightroom. I have had Lightroom for a year now, yet I think i have learnt more in this week I have had this workshop than I have all year! I revisited some edits after one of the episodes and instantly took them to another level! There are no shortcuts in producing this workshop and everything is covered and delivered in a professional and comfortable style. I have no regrets in investing in this workshop and I can wholeheartedly recommend it to any photographer looking to improve and find their style! Thanks for an awesome workshop! Cheers, Ewan
Fantastic Learning Experience.
Brent Morris
This class really helped me to appreciate and focus on the small details that take your photos from good to great. It really shows you how to take your time and go the extra mile to really push your work. Truly fantastic!
Excellent
Braden
Loved this workshop, and I use things I learned every time I take photos, work on them in post, or prepare to shoot. While it may seem like spending money on something that isn’t “gear” might not be worth it, I’ve found that the opposite is the case. Even though I’m not quite the perfectionist that Ben is, seeing how he sees what’s missing or distracting to an image and then learning to correct for it either in the shot or in post opened my eyes to how much more potential there is with each shot. It helped me to understand each shot as an opportunity to create and image, and not just to take tons of pictures and hope to got a good one when looking afterwards (all too easy and unfulfilling of a strategy with digital). Also really appreciated the detailed walkthroughs in post-processing and what all the sliders do and how to use them in Lightroom, it’s a powerful tool but can also be overwhelming until you’re used to it, and this workshop definitely helped me figure it out as I develop my own style. Beyond the content, the production of the workshop was superb - great workshop, and highly recommend!!! -Braden @braden.ball
Enhanced the editing of my photos in a big way.
Peter O'Hara
This was a beast of a workshop. I wanted to enhance my editing skills and niche down more of a look to my photos and after taking this workshop I was able to do just that. Hardman takes time with his photos in the edits. I used to rush through mine fast, but now I take my time with them and look at them seeing if I can craft more of a look to them. I use radial filters and brushes a lot more now as well. Also curating a theme to my work and niching down what I want to shoot and eliminating what I don't want I feel has helped in a big way examples of work after the workshop https://www.silverfernproductions.ca/ben-adventures @pete_ohara Highly recommended! Enjoy
Solid workshop
Joshua Simpson
Ben's attention to detail and specific preferences are extremely interesting and inspiring.
Overpriced
Eduardo Machuca
I love Benjamin's work but I think this workshop is totally overpriced. If I compared this to the Adventure Pro I think it gives you way more.
Great workshop
Dragos Sandu
I've been following Benjamin's work since 2 years ago and somehow, in time, he became my favorite photographer. I was curious to see more insight about all the work he's putting on and this workshop totally delivered. Cheers Benjamin, cheers Alex and cheers Strohl Works guys!
Terrific material guys! You rock
Lorenzo Poli
All the Episodes
1:44

Ep

1

Introducing Benjamin Hardman

Welcome to Benjamin's Workshop! Alex introduces your newest instructor.

22:39

Ep

2

Coffee with Alex

Alex makes coffee for Benjamin and the two talk photography, life, and the struggles they've both encountered.

1:40

Ep

3

Workshop Overview

Benjamin goes over what to expect from the workshop.

1:01

Ep

4

High-Resolution Setup

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

1:05

Ep

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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.

11:38

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Backpack Breakdown

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

5:51

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Aerial Photography

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

Ep

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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.

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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

6:57

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10

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.

40:59

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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.

8:24

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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.

15:17

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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.

9:47

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14

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.

17:18

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Editing: Image Stitching

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

7:21

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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.

16:59

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Editing: Subjects in Sunset Light

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

6:21

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Documenting Iceland's Jagged peaks

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

14:57

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Editing: Atmospheric Mountains

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

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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).

17:21

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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.

3:30

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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.

2:41

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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.

3:02

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Creating Your Own Voice

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

10:16

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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.

8:48

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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.

5:23

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26

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.

1:40

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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)

12:30

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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.

1:03

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Staying Inspried

Recognizing the importance of experience, and taking time to appreciate the process

6:03

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30

Workshop Takeaways

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

32:51

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Workshop Summary with Alex

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

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The Photographic Style & Aesthetic Workshop

Benjamin Hardman

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One look at Benjamin Hardman’s work and you will see it’s one of a kind. In this workshop, Benjamin shares everything he’s learned on his pursuit for a unique, striking aesthetic.

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Ben's Photo Guide To Iceland

Included in the workshop is a comprehensive 24-page guide to traveling & photographing Iceland.

- 40 total locations, 20+ under-the-radar locations in one easy-to-use guide with 2300km covered.
- Get Benjamin's insider knowledge on West Fjords, South Coast, East Fjords & more.
- From half day trips to 7 day missions.

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Exclusive To This Workshop

  • The never heard before story of Alex
  • An debut interview with his parents about his upbringing
  • The story of how his career really started
  • A very personal field day where Alex photographs his dad in his farm : so you can see the approach and get better at photographing your loved ones, making intimate portraits.
  • An interview with alpine photographer Ben Tibbets on determination and motivation
  • A printable book with workshop summary and exercises for growth

Workshop Episodes

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Introducing Benjamin Hardman

Welcome to Benjamin's Workshop! Alex introduces your newest instructor.

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Coffee with Alex

Alex makes coffee for Benjamin and the two talk photography, life, and the struggles they've both encountered.

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Workshop Overview

Benjamin goes over what to expect from the workshop.

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High-Resolution Setup

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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.

1:05
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Ep

6

Backpack Breakdown

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

11:38
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Ep

4

Aerial Photography

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

5:51
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Ep

8

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.

Just Added

Ep

9

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

Just Added

Ep

10

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.

6:57
Just Added

Ep

11

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.

40:59
Just Added

Ep

12

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.

8:24
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Ep

13

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.

15:17
Just Added

Ep

14

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.

9:47
Just Added

Ep

15

Editing: Image Stitching

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

17:18
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Ep

16

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.

7:21
Just Added

Ep

17

Editing: Subjects in Sunset Light

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

16:59
Just Added

Ep

18

Documenting Iceland's Jagged peaks

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

6:21
Just Added

Ep

19

Editing: Atmospheric Mountains

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

14:57
Just Added

Ep

17

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).

Just Added

Ep

20

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.

17:21
Just Added

Ep

21

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.

3:30
Just Added

Ep

22

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.

2:41
Just Added

Ep

23

Creating Your Own Voice

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

3:02
Just Added

Ep

24

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.

10:16
Just Added

Ep

25

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.

8:48
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Ep

26

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.

5:23
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Ep

27

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)

1:40
Just Added

Ep

28

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.

12:30
Just Added

Ep

29

Staying Inspried

Recognizing the importance of experience, and taking time to appreciate the process

1:03
Just Added

Ep

30

Workshop Takeaways

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

6:03
Just Added

Ep

31

Workshop Summary with Alex

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

32:51
Ben's Photo Guide To Iceland
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Workshop Episodes

Part 01
Fundamentals & Pre-Production
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Introducing Benjamin Hardman

Welcome to Benjamin's Workshop! Alex introduces your newest instructor.

22:39
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2

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Coffee with Alex

Alex makes coffee for Benjamin and the two talk photography, life, and the struggles they've both encountered.

1:40
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3

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Workshop Overview

Benjamin goes over what to expect from the workshop.

1:01
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4

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High-Resolution Setup

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

1:05
Just Added

5

.

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.

11:38
Just Added

6

.

Backpack Breakdown

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

5:51
Just Added

4

.

Aerial Photography

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

Just Added

8

.

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.

Just Added

9

.

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

6:57
Just Added

10

.

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.

40:59
Just Added

11

.

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.

8:24
Just Added

12

.

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.

15:17
Just Added

13

.

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.

9:47
Just Added

14

.

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.

17:18
Just Added

15

.

Editing: Image Stitching

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

7:21
Just Added

16

.

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.

16:59
Just Added

17

.

Editing: Subjects in Sunset Light

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

6:21
Just Added

18

.

Documenting Iceland's Jagged peaks

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

14:57
Just Added

19

.

Editing: Atmospheric Mountains

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

Just Added

17

.

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).

17:21
Just Added

20

.

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.

3:30
Just Added

21

.

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.

2:41
Just Added

22

.

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.

3:02
Just Added

23

.

Creating Your Own Voice

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

10:16
Just Added

24

.

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.

8:48
Just Added

25

.

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.

5:23
Just Added

26

.

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.

1:40
Just Added

27

.

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)

12:30
Just Added

28

.

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.

1:03
Just Added

29

.

Staying Inspried

Recognizing the importance of experience, and taking time to appreciate the process

6:03
Just Added

30

.

Workshop Takeaways

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

32:51
Just Added

31

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Workshop Summary with Alex

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

Part 02
Production
Live
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Part 03
Editing
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Benjamin Hardman
Benjamin is an Australian freelance landscape photographer based in Iceland.Benjamin’s fine-art works encapsulate 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.
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