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Behind The Scenes – Ebook & Video Lessons

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR WINNING PORTFOLIO

Learn how award winning photos are made

When I won in the Travel Photographer of the Year competition, I realised that the images from my winning portfolio provided a great foundation to discuss many of the things that people have been asking me over the years. I’ve structured the videos and the ebook in such way that you’ll learn numerous lessons from my personal experiences. You’ll be learning not only from the award-winning images, but those that came before and after them in my career as a travel/documentary photographer.

Winning portfolio displayed at the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition in London

Who is it for?

Because the teaching is practical, this resource is for virtually anyone — whether you’re just getting into photography and want to understand the how or you want to have a breakthrough or edge in the photo industry.

Unprecedented Insight

You can choose from three packages (further down the page) based on your interest and needs. Altogether, they deal with the entire creative process in the field and in the Digital Darkroom. It’s a rare, behind-the-scenes lookNothing is held back. Below are just some of the things I cover — from the more general topics to the subtler nuances.

  • How I came upon each photo
  • What I was trying to communicate
  • Compositional decisions explained
  • How I captured each photo in terms of moment
  • A look at virtualy every frame from each shoot
  • How I dealt with light
  • Technical decisions explained
  • Why each image works
  • How I search for subjects
  • The keys to choosing photos for a contest
  • The role of colour
  • Not being a “photo sniper”
  • Deciding where the eyes should be looking
  • Shooting on “eye-level” with the action
  • Distant, illustrational shots vs. Intimate Portraits
  • Dealing with fast-paced situations

There’s much more…

Above are just the topics that I cover during the creative process, however there are many more things to learn from the Digital Darkroom. Scroll down to discover what more you can expect from the full experience!

An unparalleled immersive experience

A Couple Of Fragments, from “The Farmer In The Fog” CLICK ABOVE TO WATCH

It’s proven that we retain information better when more of our senses are engaged as we receive that information. There is an entire soundtrack that accompanies the videos. As you view the images I made, you’ll also hear the sounds that I heard. It’s almost like you’re there with me in the field. There’s music to set the ambience too. Pump up the volume and check out these couple of video fragments to see and hear what I’m talking about.

An unparalleled immersive experience

It’s proven that we retain information better when more of our senses are engaged as we receive that information. There is an entire soundtrack that accompanies the videos. As you view the images I made, you’ll also hear the sounds that I heard. It’s almost like you’re there with me in the field. There’s music to set the ambience too. Pump up the volume and check out these couple of video fragments to see and hear what I’m talking about.

A Couple Of Fragments, from “The Farmer In The Fog” CLICK ABOVE TO WATCH

Learn from many additional examples

Composing in layers, from “Brewing Tsuika” CLICK ABOVE TO WATCH

I’ve learned a lot from making photos and then analysing them. When I talk about certain photographic concepts in the videos, I’ll refer you to the images that helped me — and will help you — understand these ideas in greater depth. Ideas on everything from composition, to light, to the smaller nuances like shooting on eye level with the action.

Learn from many additional examples

Composing in layers, from “Brewing Tsuika” CLICK ABOVE TO WATCH

I’ve learned a lot from making photos and then analysing them. When I talk about certain photographic concepts in the videos, I’ll refer you to the images that helped me — and will help you — understand these ideas in greater depth. Ideas on everything from composition, to light, to the smaller nuances like shooting on eye level with the action.

Stories and tips

The importance of childlike curiosity, from “Brewing Tsuika” CLICK ABOVE TO WATCH

Over a decade in the field has taught me many valuable lessons. I’ve compacted some of them into little video anecdotes. They’re tips that will help you avoid making mistakes and give you the confidence to try something new. In this video segment, I talk about what being overtly curious like a child can lead to as far travel/documentary photography goes.

Stories and tips

Over a decade in the field has taught me many valuable lessons. I’ve compacted some of them into little video anecdotes. They’re tips that will help you avoid making mistakes and give you the confidence to try something new. In this video segment, I talk about what being overtly curious like a child can lead to as far travel/documentary photography goes.

The importance of childlike curiosity, from “Brewing Tsuika” CLICK ABOVE TO WATCH

The Digital Darkroom

CLICK ABOVE TO WATCH sample fragments from The Digital Darkroom

These videos are all about helping you understand what needs to be done to the photographs to make the most out of them. I’ll show you exactly what I did to each image, step-by-step, in Adobe Lightroom.

We all know that learning is much more effective when it’s practical. In this course, you’re encouraged to go beyond just understanding. For this reason, I’ve provided the RAW files of all 4 photographs. You can follow along, do what I do, or deconstruct the already post-processed images that you can download too.

Some of what you’ll learn about in the Digital Darkroom

  • How I came upon each photo
  • What I was trying to communicate
  • Compositional decisions explained
  • How I captured each photo in terms of moment
  • A look at virtualy every frame from each shoot
  • How I dealt with light
  • Technical decisions explained
  • Why each image works
  • How I search for subjects
  • The keys to choosing photos for a contest
  • The role of colour
  • Not being a “photo sniper”
  • Deciding where the eyes should be looking
  • Shooting on “eye-level” with the action
  • Distant, illustrational shots vs. Intimate Portraits
  • Dealing with fast-paced situations

Imrove your post-processing with the Digital Darkroom

CLICK ABOVE TO WATCH sample fragments from The Digital Darkroom

These videos are all about helping you understand what needs to be done to the photographs to make the most out of them. I’ll show you exactly what I did to each image, step-by-step, in Adobe Lightroom.

We all know that learning is much more effective when it’s practical. In this course, you’re encouraged to go beyond just understanding. For this reason, I’ve provided the RAW files of all 4 photographs. You can follow along, do what I do, or deconstruct the already post-processed images that you can download too.

Some of what you’ll learn about in the Digital Darkroom

  • How I came upon each photo
  • What I was trying to communicate
  • Compositional decisions explained
  • How I captured each photo in terms of moment
  • A look at virtualy every frame from each shoot
  • How I dealt with light
  • Technical decisions explained
  • Why each image works
  • How I search for subjects
  • The keys to choosing photos for a contest
  • The role of colour
  • Not being a “photo sniper”
  • Deciding where the eyes should be looking
  • Shooting on “eye-level” with the action
  • Distant, illustrational shots vs. Intimate Portraits
  • Dealing with fast-paced situations

What you get in each package

All prices in $USD

The PDF ebook

Only $29.97

A 160 page PDF ebook. My entire creative process in the field. The key images from each shoot explained and you’ll learn through additional examples. All the topics relating to the creative process in the field are covered.

The Creative Process

Only $89.97

2 hours 20 minutes of educational behind the scenes video content. The entire creative process in the field is covered in incredible depth. I break down many additional images and share stories to help you gain a solid understanding of all the topics that I cover. You get the PDF ebook as well with this package.

The Full Package

$129.97

The PDF ebookThe Creative Process Videos + 1 hour and 24 minutes of Digital Darkroom Videos and the RAW files. This is like being in the field with me and seeing how I shoot. You can then join me afterwards to look at all my photos as I explain which ones work and which don’t. Then, follow along as I show you how I post-process them and arrive at the final images.

Better than a workshop, save your money

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Of course, there’s nothing like being out there in the field with a professional photographer to see how they captured one of their strong photographs. However, there’s next to no chance to gain that kind of access, let alone to see how four of those strong images are done. It’s also incredibly rare that they’ll sit down with you and show you all of their images — the keepers and the throwaways — and explain everything in great depth along the way.

I decided to create this educational resource for the simple reason that I haven’t seen anyone do anything similar. As I’ve already mentioned, it’s like being out there in the field with me. Then I show you all of my images from each shoot and I post-process the ones I consider best in front of you. Overall, you’ll honestly get more knowledge than you would from a workshop. You also only spend a fraction of the price, considering that workshops can cost upwards of $3000 USD, $4000 USD, or even higher.

Become a better photographer

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A big part of what I aim for with this educational resource is to inspire you by sharing my passion, my photographs, and explaining how you can achieve similar results. There is, however, one ultimate goal above all — to make you a better photographer. When you absorb everything I discuss, when you see how powerful images are made, you will become a more complete, more thoughtful, more intentional and — hence — a better photographer.

100% Risk Free Money Back Guarantee

I’ve put my heart and soul into creating this educational resource. I feel confident that you will get a lot out of it. However, if within 30 days of the purchase for whatever reason you don’t feel like this is the case, I’ll refund you. No questions asked.

What people are saying

  • Mitchell’s new course “Behind the Scenes” conveys deep insight into how to see the world and capture memorable images. This is photography instruction at its’ very best. No other course that I have taken comes close to its impact and sensitivity.
    Dr John Bradley
  • Mitchell Kanashkevich is an extremely talented travel photographer and photo educator. Mitchell’s new collection, “Behind the Scenes Travel Photographer Of The Year Winning Portfolio,” includes an ebook and videos based on four of his award winning photos. The online videos focus on both the CREATIVE PROCESS and also the DIGITAL DARKROOM for each of the 4 major award winning photos. I went through all the creative process videos first. Mitchell explains how he developed the scene in order to get the final few shots. Then I went through the digital darkroom to understand how each image was processed in Lightroom and why he chose specific techniques. The collection in brilliant in content and presentation.
    Bonnie Stewart
  • I am but a fledgling photographer but even after watching just the first couple of videos I have found myself looking at my photographic subjects in an entirely different perspective.

     

    I would not hesitate to say that you could quite easily change the title to “(HIDDEN) WITHIN The Scenes” as I am now discovering the potential of elements hidden within plain view in my compositions which breathe life into my images by simply drawing them from near obscurity and using them to frame/accentuate my primary subject.

     

    Time is my biggest enemy and, now that I have had a taste of the fruits that can be borne through composing a shot utilizing elements within the complete ‘story’, I will be managing my priorities to ride this breathtaking wave of realization on a more regular basis.

     

    Thanks heaps and I look forward to each and every one of your future guides.
    Graeme Bertram
  • Thank you for providing a resource for explaining to the reader how to tell a story with our photography. Rather than a text about moving sliders in Lightroom or Photoshop, these videos explain the thought process to draw the viewer into that special moment. Great job!!!
    Peter Brody

Packages compared side by side

All prices in $USD
THE PDF EBOOK
$29.97
  • 160 page PDF ebook of the entire creative process
THE FULL PACKAGE
Best
$129.97
  • 160 page PDF ebook of the entire creative process
  • 2 Hours 20 Minutes of downloadable behind the scenes video lessons on the entire creative process
  • 1 hour 24 minutes of downloadable step-by-step videos of the Digital Darkroom lessons
  • RAW files of all 4 award-winning images for you to follow along
THE CREATIVE PROCESS
$89.97
  • 160 page PDF ebook of the entire creative process
  • 2 Hours 20 Minutes of downloadable behind the scenes video lessons on the entire creative process

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay by credit card?

Absolutely. Simply choose the “Pay by credit card” option instead of putting in your Paypal details.

I own some of your other educational resources is this new? Does any material overlap?

This is entirely new educational content. While there might be a little bit of overlapping, since composition, light and moment are not new photographic topics – I deal with all these topics differently than before. There are images that I never spoke about and there’s video footage too, which I never used before.

Can I upgrade my package?

Yes. You can upgrade at any time. You will only be charged the difference between what you paid and the price of a higher package. However, if you purchased the package during a sale period and you want to upgrade outside of this period, you will be charged the difference between what you paid and the regular price.

Can I downgrade my package?

No. Since you are purchasing a downloadable product you cannot downgrade your package.

Important: The system will allow you to downgrade, but you will simply lose access to a higher package. If you are interested in downgrading or a refund, please email me directly. Using THIS CONTACT PAGE.

What apps/software do I need?

For following along with the RAW files, you need Adobe Lightroom 5 or above. To view the videos – you can use Quicktime or virtually any other movie viewer. Of course, you can also view them online from your browser.