Composition Insights: Elevate Your Film and Photography

How to apply core principles and rules from film and photography to dramatically enhance your composition
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  • Lectures 21
  • Length 39 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

This course gives you key insights into the theory and practice of composition - using a series of clear and engaging lectures combined with practical examples of composition in film and photography

The course covers major principles and rules of composition, and shows how film and photo composition techniques are merging to the benefit of both disciplines.

You're taught by veteran film director and passionate photographer Paul Jenkins, who is bringing to bear more than twenty years experience making films worldwide into this course. 

You'll be learning what you thought you knew about composition and take your images and videos to a whole new level because every frame will tell the story you intended to tell!

Your photos and films will benefit greatly as a result. 

In terms of quality - and therefore the potential visibility of your work to the public at large - creative and dynamic composition is one of the core skills you should seek and develop for as long as you wish to wield a camera!

What are the requirements?

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Open mind

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use composition rules and principles to dramatically improve photos and films
  • Understand why some shots work and others don't
  • Know how to take advantage of powerful Illusions
  • Know how to use composition in either photography or film
  • Take advantage of hybrid cameras allowing photography and video
  • Learn deep filmmaking skills from a veteran director

Who is the target audience?

  • All filmmakers
  • All photographers
  • Communications experts

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.


Section 1: Introduction to the Course
Welcome to the course!
Section 2: Fundamentals
The Power of Intent
The three choices you MUST make
A word about aspect ratios
Section 3: Illusions Are Your Friend
Some important illusions
The illusion of motion and juxtaposition
Section 4: Two Parts of the Triangle
Focal length and composition
Examples of differing focal lengths
Aperture and composition
Examples of bokeh and composition
Section 5: Mapping the frame
The Elements of Design
Examples of actual and implied lines
The Principles of Organisation
The significance of Viewpoint
The Rules of Composition
Section 6: The Rules in Action
Examples of the Rule of Thirds
Examples of the Rule of Threes
Examples of the Rule of Simplification
Dynamic composition and drama
Section 7: Next Steps
Closing thoughts and Next Steps
Section 8: Bonus lecture
Here's how to join Paul's Facebook group

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Instructor Biography

Paul Jenkins, Film Director & Chief

Effective and creative storytelling is an essential part of success in many walks of life - and fun when you do it right, because you feel the 'flow'.

Film and video techniques and visual storytelling can add much to your overall creative output, and be highly satisfying and impactful arts in their own right.

The techniques I teach, I use daily as a professional documentary film director and online business owner.

In my courses, you'll get insights, strategies and tactics that I've developed over 20+ years while making films for the world's top broadcasters (BBC, PBS, ARTE etc), and concurrently over the past 3 years as an 'edupreneur'.

My teaching style is to guide you through the processes that matter - explaining why they matter - in a personal, 'fireside' fashion. 

You also get direct access to me through the Discussion area of each course. This means that any challenges or questions you have can be resolved directly. 

I'm very open to feedback, therefore please feel free to feed ideas for lectures and courses to me and I'll do my very best to accommodate.

See you inside the courses!


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