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The Photographic Style & Aesthetic Workshop

Benjamin Hardman

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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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The Photographic Style & Aesthetic Workshop
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.
32 Episodes
5hrs of Content
28 reviews
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Photographers and Aspiring Professionals


32 episodes film in Iceland.


How to create a unique 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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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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I was expecting a bit more for my money
Brittany App
This is so hard. I really prefer not to leave negative reviews, but I after putting money down on this course, and watching it all the way though, I was disappointed. I've been a full-time professional photographer for almost 20 years. I love and respect Chris's work, and really admire him as a human being. He's a true inspiration. Because of all that, I hopped on this course right away, in hopes that there would be some valuable tools to add to my toolbox (especially during a time when my paid photography work has all-but-vanished due to the Pandemic). But the course felt quickly-put-together, a bit disorganized, repetitive, lacking in BTS-content, and I guess most importantly, I just didn't learn much. Perhaps the course would be better suited to brand new photographers. Perhaps I didn't understand that going into it. I apologize to Chris and his team for leaving a negative review, but the course, for me, felt like a poor investment of my money and time. I hope this feedback is helpful in some way. Sending love to you all out there.
So much incredible info.
Danny Skilton
It's insane how much knowledge is packed into this one workshop. Shoutout to Chris for making all this info available. I'm super excited to start locking down a game plan for the next few years regarding my photography business.
Covers it all up, great workshop!
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!
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
Better than any real life class
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
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 @pete_ohara Highly recommended! Enjoy

Workshop Curriculum



High-Resolution Setup

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



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.



Backpack Breakdown

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


Aerial Photography

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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Editing: Image Stitching

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


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.


Editing: Subjects in Sunset Light

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


Document Iceland's Jagged peaks

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


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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)


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.


Staying Inspried

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


Workshop Takeaways

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


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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