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37 Video Lessons

In 6hrs of HD content, including 9 in the field episodes, 6 interview episodes and 6 editing episodes Finn & Alex explain their approach to storytelling with photography.

6 Lightroom Presets

Get the Lightroom presets Finn used for the images in this workshop plus some bonus one's he made especially for you.

Supporting PDF

A downloadable PDF accompanies the workshop with module recaps, notes and links to Finn's favourite tools. 

37 Video Lessons

In 6hrs of HD content, including 9 in the field episodes, 6 interview episodes and 6 editing episodes Finn & Alex explain their approach to storytelling with photography.

6 Lightroom Presets

Get the Lightroom presets Finn used for the images in this workshop plus some bonus one's he made especially for you.

Supporting PDF

A downloadable PDF accompanies the workshop with module recaps, notes and links to Finn's favourite tools. 

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Learn how Finn and Alex made their work stand out to millions of people. You will learn everything they know.

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"A highly sought after photographer, his cinematic work rivals the design and beauty of many Hollywood movies."


"Finn is a skilled documentary photographer who excels at capturing diverse cultures and environments."

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"If you want to make it beyond Instagram as a photographer/filmmaker you have to give a solid listen to the ideas,
tips and overall mindset that Finn shares in this workshop."

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Module 0


Meet Finn & Alex
Why this workshop?
A look inside Finn's camera bag

Chapter 1

Series Introduction

Welcome to this new series of workshops highlighting the working practices of some of Alex's favourite creators.

Chapter 2

Introducing Finn Beales

Finn works with some of the world’s most demanding brands who are attracted by his cinematic style and the narrative he weaves throughout his work.

Chapter 3

Q&A coffee with Finn & Alex

Have coffee with Alex and Finn and learn about how they met and why they’re making this workshop together.

Chapter 4

Welcome to the workshop

Finn introduces the format for this workshop and goes over the reasons why it's important to include story in your work.

Chapter 5


Take a look at the gear Finn has brought on this shoot: cameras, lenses, storage, bags, toolkit and an H.

Module 1

Storytelling 101

The importance of story in your work.
The essentials of structure and shape.
Plot devices to help you craft your narrative.

Chapter 1

What is a story?

In this episode Finn deconstructs the essence of a story so you can learn and then apply some methods and techniques to improve your own.

Chapter 2

Essence: Location

Finn discusses the importance of location, which includes supporting details and props and the impact it can have on your story.

Chapter 3

Essence: Character

Finn shows how you can use characters to drive events in your story by identifying their desires, the importance of credibility and also how he likes to work with models.

Chapter 4

Essence: Events

In this episode, Finn teaches you how to use obstacles to build events, crafting a journey and incorporating product into a story.

Chapter 5

Photography as a Medium

Finn talks about generating mood and feeling using your characters, and how to involve your audiences own experiences in your work.

Chapter 6


Finn recaps on his steps for building a story from scratch.

Chapter 7

The importance of shot type

Finn discusses his key shot types and the qualities each one can bring to a story.

Module 2

Prepare For Success

Pricing your work.
Developing pitch decks and treatments.
Asking the right questions of your clients.

Chapter 1


Finn explains how he approaches a shoot and manages clients expectations from the outset.

Chapter 2

Asking the right questions

Finn breaks down his approach for responding to prospective enquires and gives you a list of questions you can put to clients to help you price and produce a shoot.

Chapter 3

Identifying your locations

Finn explains how he uses 3 criteria to identify locations and how you should keep story at the heart of everything you do.

Chapter 4

Treatments & moodboards

In this episode Finn walks you through the treatment he has developed for this workshop and also the moodboard he will use to ensure everyone involved is on the same page.

Chapter 5

Creating a call sheet & shot list

Finn walks you through an example call sheet and creative brief he made for a job he shot last year.

Module 3


Meeting your subjects.
Setting the stage and relaying a sense of place.
“50 and stitch” and other photo techniques.

Chapter 1

Meeting your subjects

In this episode Finn talks about the steps he takes before he meets with someone he is due to photograph, steps that will help him capture natural portraits.

Chapter 2

The Board Room

In this episode Finn shoots the first part of his story in Dan Costa’s board shaping room. He walks you through his thought process when capturing a person at work and the shot types he’s looking for.

Chapter 3

Location Recce

Follow Finn and the rest of the crew as they conduct a location recce ahead of sunset.

Chapter 4

The Roadtrip

In this episode Finn shoots the transitional elements for his story involving the Land Rover and the surrounding landscape.

Chapter 5

Surf Day

Follow Finn as he shoots the culmination of his story at the beach as Dan prepares for a sunset surf session.

Chapter 6

Shooting Technique 1:50 & Stitch

Finn breaks down one of the key techniques he uses when working with a 50mm lens.

Chapter 7

Shooting Technique 2: Tracking Shot

Finn breaks down the process associated with shooting from car to car so he can generate a sense of movement.

Chapter 8

Alex Shoot Day

Watch Alex shoot for the same client but produce different results.

Module 4

Edit. Better.

Client/project specific editing.
The power of color labels in Lightroom.
Replicating analogue film.

Chapter 1

Introduction to editing

Finn explains his approach to editing, filtering Lightroom catalogues to speed up workflow and also grading images using presets and Photoshop plugins.

Chapter 2

Making selects

Finn gives you an insight into his digital post-production process, and shares the system he has developed for filtering image catalogues to help him easily locate files.

Chapter 3

Grading In Lightroom

Finn’s editing process in Adobe Lightroom: Basic Adjustments, Tone curve, HSL Panel, Split Toning Sharpening, Camera Calibration, Gradient and Radial filters.

Chapter 4

Analogue film elements

A step by step approach to adding inconsistencies like film grain and light leak effects into a digital file to give your image a nostalgic feeling.

Chapter 5

Building the story

Finn walks you through the story he has created using the images from his shoot and explains his thinking behind the images he has chosen.

Chapter 6

Using Squarespace

Finn shows you how he builds his photo stories using Squarespace and also the settings he uses when exporting from Lightroom.

Module 5


On the sofa with Finn & Alex.
Pricing your work.
Photography today.

Chapter 1

Q&A: Editing With Alex And Finn

Learn how Finn approaches editing, grading, colour theory and developing a style for your photography.

Chapter 2

Q&A: Pricing Your Work

In this episode Finn and Alex discuss the tricky topic of pricing your photography and give you examples and advice to help you value your work.

Chapter 3

Q&A: Shooting

Alex asks Finn about his processes to shed some light on why he approached this shoot in the way he did.

Chapter 4

Q&A: Photography Today

Alex and Finn discuss the photographic industry, creative fields in general and how it pays to adapt to new technology.

Chapter 5

Q&A: Stuff That Alex Is Curious About

Finn discusses his back story, what drives him to make pictures and how living in a remote place informs his approach to life and his photography.

Episode Previews

Compositional Balance

1 min 20 secs
Alex shows you how to achieve balance when combining multiple subjects in the frame.

Color Labelling

1 min
A quick preview of how Finn filters his Lightroom catalogs to make image retrieval quick and easy.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I login?

All our workshops are hosted on Strohl Works, www.strohl.works.

When do I get access?

As long as you enter your email address at checkout, you will get access to the content via email within 15 minutes of enrolling. If you use your phone number instead of an email address, you will not get immediate access. If you forget to enter your email address, please notify us at hello@strohl.works.

How do I get support?

Email us at hello@strohl.works and we'll sort you out! Please note, we are not in the office during weekends. 

Does it come with presets?

Yes! It includes 6 brand new presets and how Finn edits.

Will this be added to the Adventure Photography Workshop?

This is an entirely new standalone course and it won't be added to the APW. We will however keep adding different bonus content on a regular basis to the APW.

I'm a beginner, is this for me?

As long as you have a basic DSLR with interchangeable lens this workshop will help you step up your game! It covers camera settings, histograms, color profiles as well as more high level photography notions. You get a healthy balance of both.

How long do I have access to the content?

Forever. You can take the course at your own pace and watch every episode as many times as you want.

Can I watch offline?

Yes! There's an iOS app that will let you download the episodes to your phone for offline access. Search "Strohl Works" in the app store. 

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