I love Forrest Mankins photos and youtube channel. I signed up for his workshop to get a bit more of an insider perception, which he delivered in his own style and which is great. However, at the end of the workshop, I have a hard time to really feel like it worth it. Maybe I was expecting too much of technical, really hands on tips. The whole thing is good overall, don't get me wrong but not as much useful as expected.
November 30, 2020
Unfortunately, whilst Forrest is a fantastic photographer, he isn't a great teacher. Alex should have directed him to coax out a teacher. This workshop falls short in 3 key ways 1- Being about creating a moment. Essentially: write an idea in your notebook. Not great - More direction needed. E.G. Show Forrests notebook, discuss inspiration, why did you settle on this wardrobe - these colours etc. 2 -Referencing film From the ad copy you'd expect interesting insights discussing film vs digital, grain, contrast. Instead, to paraphase: Take photo with a film camera and one with a digital camera and adjust the sliders til it looks similar in LR! If this is the scope I'd say save the money here and pick up Alien Skin's Exposure 4 which offers fanastic tools for replicating film. 3 -Teaching standard + lack of content The creation of a moment isn't satisfactorily taught . A large portion of the segments listed are barely even segments. EG The Preset segment = Looking at presets is good, because you see what another photographer does. There is little over 10 minutes of shoot footage and the photos editted you don't see being shot. The section working with talent, listed as 20+ minutes on the ad which you would assume is on location and working with talent. In fact, is only 5 minutes of a talking head . Had there been more actually footage from the shoot, viewers would have benefitted more than from the talking head approach of the workshop. Save your money
March 30, 2020
What a beautiful and approachable workshop! While the workshop touches on Forrest Mankin's journey, process, working with models, editing, etc., one of the biggest takeaways, for me, was changing the way that I think about the "obstacles" I face. He gives some very practical advice for creating authentic moments (from the idea to the final images), without feeling limited by your location or gear. I highly recommend this workshop for anyone who feels stuck and is struggling to push their ideas to the next level.
April 4, 2020
March 28, 2020
Creating the Moment brought some interesting concepts to my awareness. I enjoyed Forrest’s approach to working with and directing models and think the same principles should carry over into how our actions in life affect those around us. Forrest has a unique editing style that opened my eyes to a completely different process that I’ve enjoyed applying to my editing. I also appreciated his knowledge on conceptualizing images and planning ahead. Regardless of your level of experience, I think there is plenty to learn and I would definitely recommend this workshop.
March 28, 2020
Like Alex Strohl, Forrest Mankins is one of my favourite photographers out there. When I learned about a workshop together, I'd instantly jumped on it. The workshop covers photoshoots and shooting with a team (models, videographers etc..) Film and Digitial photography Editing and using film photographer as reference. It is more for a niche of photographers and less broad than the other Strohl Works workshop but it is great if you are a photographer that includes analog and digital photography your workflow. However, something was missing (hence the 4 stars). It was quite short and some of the videos felt more as an introduction to the subject. The episodes in the fields were good but it sometimes looked more as a portrait video than a workshop. The editing episodes were also good but felt a bit incomplete. I wished I'd see more in-depth about using film photography aspects in the editing of digital images. It would have been nice to see Forrest edits more photos from the photoshoot. Forrest Mankins editing style is so unique, I would have liked to see more of it. The 500$ challenge by Forrest was amazing. It actually shows that gear should NOT block you to work. During this episode, Forrest takes you on a photoshoot where he uses an old camera body and a cheap prime lens while still producing editorial work. That was insane, honestly. Highlight of the workshop.
March 28, 2020
Overall, this workshop had a ton of great insight into Forrest's process before and after creating an image. I learned a lot and really enjoyed the points he touched on with working with models and teams. I never had a workshop go into these sort of important details that forgotten at times. I wish the workshop had more "in the field" video content as it tended to get a bit cumbersome watching Forrest talk at the camera over and over again but regardless I definitely learned a lot and would purchase this workshop again in heartbeat.
October 20, 2020
I absolutely loved this workshop! I love both digital and film photography so this fit the direction I want to go very well. Forrest does a great job of being very open, honest, to the point and hits all the important content. I hope one day I can take an in person workshop or work along side him!
November 5, 2020