The Insightful Photographer: Using Observation to Create Great Photos with Koren Smith

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This item will be retiring and no longer available for purchase after May 5th, 2021.

Strengthen your photos with this step-by-step process for observational photography.

Dive deep into Koren’s observation and self-awareness techniques to turn weaknesses into photographic opportunities. Learn Koren’s tips for working with different types of light in each season and using light to set the mood in your scene. Photograph “beyond rainbows and sunshine” and use photography to express yourself during the hard times. Find out how to choose a subject successfully (and know that it doesn’t have to be a person!). Go behind the scenes with Koren in videos on light, shooting, culling, and editing. Add depth, cohesion, and interest to your images with Koren’s best tips for composing the shot.

what you’ll get:


A 93 page ebook filled with in-depth information on observation and self-assessment, using light, identifying the right subject, composition, and more.

  • 8 videos on light, gear, culling, and editing.

A Closed Captioned copy of the videos for this program is available upon request. Please contact for more information.

*Please note: All items in this listing are digital downloads that must be downloaded to a computer (you may transfer to an iPad after your original download to a computer).  Due to the nature of digital downloads, they are non-refundable.

about your presenter

Koren Smith has a deep love for all things storytelling. Through marriage, motherhood and everyday struggles, she makes an effort to photograph the magic found in the minor details of the everyday. In her rare moments without a camera, you’ll likely find a stylist in her hand drawing these photographs within the world of her own creation.


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  • 5
    I loved this breakout with Koren – it was my first one.

    Posted by Gaylia Johnston on 6th Aug 2020

    She got me out of my comfort zone and looking at the light in my home in a new way. Koren was super encouraging. I really enjoyed her quirky personality which shines through and it was so great to see her edits and culls.

  • 5
    Highly recommend!

    Posted by Andrea Brum on 6th Aug 2020

    Koren has a wonderful and insightful way of teaching. She makes concepts that may feel ambiguous and intangible easy to understand and always gives great examples from her own work. Her manner is kind, funny and down to earth. There is so much good information in this breakout that is written in a way that’s easy to understand and put into practice. I love that she encourages everyone to just try, even if it results in failing because that’s how you learn and grow. It’s so fun to really see how her brain is working when she’s photographing and culling. She manages to combine improving both your technical and artistic senses for photographing around your home in a way that’s fun and relatable. I was really delighted by her ability to explain the feelings and mood that are captured by the photographs she makes and break down the technical aspects that relate to that.

  • 5

    Posted by Andrew Heeley on 6th Aug 2020

    With an amazing, almost behind-the-scenes feel, this breakout covers everything from our motivations as photographers, to what Koren shoots and why, to post-production. The culling of her shoots, where she sees her ideas that didn’t quite work, is reassuring to any family photographer, professional or amateur, and her walkthrough of editing gives some insight into her style and how it all works. I’ve come away from this breakout motivated to capture my family in any lighting, in any place, and to focus on mood over light.

  • 5
    I highly recommend this breakout!

    Posted by Rebecca on 18th May 2020

    I really appreciated Koren’s exercises that gave insight into why we love certain things in photos. She took ideas that were previous illusive to me and made them tangible with step by step instructions that made things so clear! My goal for this year is to learn light, and her light section has been so helpful to me, not only identifying and utilizing light, but also in FEELING light (mood).

  • 5
    Oh my gosh, I cannot say enough good things about this breakout

    Posted by Stacey Calderone on 18th May 2020

    I was struggling so much with the vision of my images and how to harness things like light and composition to tell the story that I wanted to tell. Koren has packed so much information and inspiration into this breakout that it’s kind of hard to wrap my head around and I’ll probably have to read through it again. Her way of explaining things is straightforward and very precise and makes a lot of sense. She does a great job of taking very abstract concepts and putting them into easily understandable terms. She was also very available and answered each of my questions to the best of her ability until she was sure that I was on the right track. Using her methods of observation and studying the world around me I can already tell will lead to an improvement overall in my images and I’m so glad I decided to invest in myself by purchasing this breakout! If you’re looking for something to help nudge you along the path to “seeing” things better, this breakout is a really great place to start!

  • 5
    If you are stuck in a creative rut or seeking ways to find inspirations in your everyday, then this breakout is just what you will need!

    Posted by Diana Hagues on 18th May 2020

    Koren takes you on a journey that begins by helping you to understand your photographic voice through to a step-by-step guide on how to use light, composition, and observing your subjects to build story and mood in your photographs. The best part of the breakout is that I don’t have to go far from my home to do the shooting exercises or find the hints and tips she gives, which she explains all in detail. Just by going through the materials and her videos, I have started to look at things differently and see spots of light in my home that I wasn’t aware of before!

  • 5
    Koren’s process on how she sees the photograph before she even clicks the shutter is so awesome!

    Posted by Linsey Davis on 18th May 2020

    She breaks it down into an easy to follow step by step process. One of the best things about this breakout is it doesn’t matter what genre of photography you love… this applies to all genres!! I love having a lot of shooting exercises and this breakout has LOTS!! I really enjoyed the section on how to use light to set the MOOD of a photo.

  • 5
    Koren has jam packed this Breakout with tons of goodness!

    Posted by Aly Nickerson on 18th May 2020

    If you like a Breakout with multiple exercises and prompts, this one is perfect. There’s inspiration top to bottom with shooting exercises to keep you busy for weeks (which is what we all need right now, right?!). I think we all want to find ways to dig deeper with what we have in front of us, and this is that perfectly. Her videos are thorough and fun as well. I’m so excited to work through this over the next few weeks to become more intentional with what is around me.