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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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Created by Paul Jenkins
Last updated 7/2016
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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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  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Open mind

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!

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
3 Lectures 05:48

The three choices you MUST make

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

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

Examples of differing focal lengths

Aperture and composition

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

The Principles of Organisation

The significance of Viewpoint

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

Examples of the Rule of Threes

Examples of the Rule of Simplification

Dynamic composition and drama
Next Steps
1 Lecture 01:22
Closing thoughts and Next Steps
Bonus lecture
1 Lecture 00:11
Here's how to join Paul's Facebook group
About the Instructor
4.4 Average rating
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14,574 Students
15 Courses
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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