COMPOSITION : improve your photography in 5 hours

How to compose you photos
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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 36 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2015 English

Course 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

What are the requirements?

  • You need a camera - point-and-shoots & DSLRs are all suitable

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

What is the target audience?

  • Beginner or Intermediate-level photographers
  • Advanced photographers who have not studied the artistic side of their craft

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Composition | An Introduction
02:23
  • 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




02:44

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

01:58

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

Section 2: Balance
04:41

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.


01:38

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!

Section 3: Getting to the point
01:28

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

01:05

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

01:43

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!

Section 4: Manipulating the viewer's eyes
01:45

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.

00:34

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

01:00

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

01:40

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!

Section 5: Getting all arty farty
02:27

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

02:48

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

01:29

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!

Section 6: The Third Dimension
01:30

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

02:08

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

10 questions
10 quick questions to test your memory!
Section 7: The Last Word
01:14

Ray wraps up.

02:02
  • 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

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Instructor Biography

Ray Salisbury, 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.

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