COMPOSITION : learn the artistic side of photography
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COMPOSITION : learn the artistic side of photography

How to compose you photos
4.7 (26 ratings)
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264 students enrolled
Created by Ray Salisbury
Last updated 7/2016
English
Current price: $10 Original price: $55 Discount: 82% off
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Includes:
  • 36 mins on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Compose your photographs with clear intent
  • Improve your photos will cleverly-crafted composition
  • Understand why your photos 'work' (or don't work)
  • Plan a photo shoot that will succeed
  • Know related terminology & basics of colour theory
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Requirements
  • You need a camera - point-and-shoots & DSLRs are all suitable
Description

Are you unhappy with your photos? Do you struggle to understand camera settings, and get confused with all the technical terminology?

Bypass these issues ... learn the fun stuff first!

  • Understand what makes a 'good photo' (or bad photo)
  • Learn to compose your photos with clear intent, not randomly
  • Know how to critique your own work
  • Feel good about your photography

Learn the artistic side of photography, and once you've got this mastered, then learn all that left-brained stuff.

Most photography courses try to teach you how a camera works. Technical stuff such as the Exposure Triangle, which is quite difficult to understand. Here, we get into the aesthetic and the artistic - things anyone with a camera can comprehend.

The rules of composition apply mostly in the landscape genre, but many are applicable in portraiture and in other genres too.

What you need

  • Camera - any model will do; smartphone, compact or DSLR
  • A tripod to stabilise the camera (optional)
  • A friend to pose for you
  • About four hours to practice what you've learned

Content Overview

  • Suitable for beginner & intermediate photography enthusiasts
  • Recommended for advanced photographers who never studied this topic
  • 12 short, sharp lessons you can put into practice today
  • 35 minutes of video training
  • 1 quick quiz - to test your memory recall
  • 4 exercises - put these principles into practice
  • 4 downloadable PDF exercise sheets
Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner or Intermediate-level photographers
  • Advanced photographers who have not studied the artistic side of their craft
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Curriculum For This Course
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Composition | An Introduction
3 Lectures 07:05
  • Be inspired to schedule quality time to complete this course
  • Tips on how to benefit from this course
  • What gear you need
  • About the homework exercises




Preview 02:23

Ray argues that photography is an art form, first & foremost. He then defines the topic, asking 'What is composition?'

What is composition?
02:44

Ray explains why we need the Rules of Composition. He then suggests that all art is a balance, or tension, between repetition & contrast.

Rules of composition
01:58
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Balance
2 Lectures 06:19

Ray shows you examples of well-balanced scenic shots which use symmetry to convey tranquil calm.
Next he warns against having a hole in the middle of the picture.
The Rule of Odds & the Rule of Thirds are then illustrated & explained.


Preview 04:41

Practical, hands-on homework to do out-of-doors. Allow an hour to complete this exercise.
Do not underestimate the importance to putting this theory into practice!

Exercise 01 | Balance
01:38
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Getting to the point
3 Lectures 04:16

Lines are a critical element of art, and can be used to manipulate the viewer's eyes around your photos.

Preview 01:28

What is your photography about? Ray emphasizes the need to choose a single point of focus.

Focal Point
01:05

Practical, hands-on homework to do out-of-doors. Allow an hour to complete this exercise.
Do not underestimate the importance to putting this theory into practice!

Exercise 02 | Practise using Lines & a Focal Point
01:43
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Manipulating the viewer's eyes
4 Lectures 04:59

Ray uses more of his photos to demonstrate the importance of eye direction.
This applies to subjects within the photo, as well as the viewer's eyes.

Eye Direction
01:45

This tip applies mainly to portraiture, where you can position your subject within a man-made or naturally-occuring frame.

Framing Devices
00:34

By using the principle of contrast, you can have two distinct elements play off each other.

Scale
01:00

Practical, hands-on homework to do out-of-doors. Allow an hour to complete this exercise.
Note that you will need a friend to be the subject matter!
Do not underestimate the importance to putting this theory into practice!

Exercise 03 | Practise using Framing Devices, Scale & Eye Direction
01:40
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Getting all arty farty
3 Lectures 06:44

Time to get arty, farty with abstract photos - great for bright sunny days with harsh lighting.

Preview 02:27

Learn some basic colour theory to enhance your images. Consider also the effect of texture and tone.

Colour, Tone & Texture
02:48

Practical, hands-on homework to do out-of-doors. Allow an hour to complete this exercise. An urban (city) location will probably be best for this. No tripod needed!
Do not underestimate the importance to putting this theory into practice!

Exercise 04 | Practise using Colour Schemes & shooting Abstracts
01:29
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The Third Dimension
2 Lectures 03:38

Ray challenges you to consider the effects of how you frame your photos.

Cropping
01:30

Mood is the elusive 'third dimension' to photography, which is really only a two-dimensional illusion.

Mood
02:08

10 quick questions to test your memory!
Quiz | Have you been listening?
10 questions
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The Last Word
2 Lectures 03:16

Ray wraps up.

Preview 01:14

  • Free eBook titled COMPOSITION - what you've learned in a takeaway format
  • Your FaceBook community page - where you can get photos critiqued
  • Ray's YouTube channel & website
Preview 02:02
About the Instructor
Ray Salisbury
4.2 Average rating
998 Reviews
15,782 Students
5 Courses
Tutor at Hot Pixels Photography

A keen landscape photographer for over 40 years, Ray has also inspired thousands of students as a qualified teacher. His bachelor degree in Graphic Design included two year's training in photography, and he now sells images to stock libraries and magazines.
Ray is passionate about sharing his success secrets with those of you who are not satisfied with your photos.