Composition Insights: Elevate Your Filming (and Photography)
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Composition Insights: Elevate Your Filming (and Photography)

How to apply core principles and rules from film (and photography) to dramatically enhance your composition
3.6 (35 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,461 students enrolled
Created by Paul Jenkins
Last updated 7/2016
English
Current price: $10 Original price: $150 Discount: 93% off
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Includes:
  • 39 mins on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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Requirements
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Open mind
Description

Though this course is principally based on filmmaking composition and principles, photographers will also benefit. I'm a keen photographer alongside my directing work, and find the crossovers between the two genres endlessly fun, fascinating and valuable.

This course gives you insights into the theory and practice of composition, combined with practical examples of composition.

It 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 new level because every frame will tell the story you intended to tell!

Your films (and photos) will benefit 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!

Who is the target audience?
  • All filmmakers
  • All photographers
  • Communications experts
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction to the Course
1 Lecture 02:54
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Fundamentals
3 Lectures 05:48

The three choices you MUST make
02:36

A word about aspect ratios
01:12
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Illusions Are Your Friend
2 Lectures 03:54
Some important illusions
02:10

The illusion of motion and juxtaposition
01:44
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Two Parts of the Triangle
4 Lectures 09:00

Examples of differing focal lengths
02:14

Aperture and composition
02:26

Examples of bokeh and composition
01:04
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Mapping the frame
5 Lectures 08:49
The Elements of Design
01:00


The Principles of Organisation
02:07

The significance of Viewpoint
01:34

The Rules of Composition
01:07
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The Rules in Action
4 Lectures 07:29

Examples of the Rule of Threes
01:29

Examples of the Rule of Simplification
01:26

Dynamic composition and drama
02:35
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Next Steps
1 Lecture 01:22
Closing thoughts and Next Steps
01:22
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Bonus lecture
1 Lecture 00:11
Here's how to join Paul's Facebook group
00:11
About the Instructor
Paul Jenkins
4.7 Average rating
560 Reviews
15,769 Students
15 Courses
Film Director & Author

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 author.

In my courses, you'll get insights, strategies and working methods that I've developed over 20+ years while making films for the world's top broadcasters (BBC, PBS, ARTE etc).

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!

Paul