Outstanding Composition: How to blow away your audience

Learn how to impress your followers with perfectly composed photographs which stand out in the crowd on every platform.
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  • Lectures 32
  • Length 5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

Over 1400 students / mainly 5-star reviews / highly experience Instructor

This course shows in depth how composition should be done and why some photos work or others don't. Thomas shows several composition elements which helps you improve your photos from scratch. After this course you will look at the world with different eyes and will make your photos in a more creative way.

You will learn...

  • ...what the golden ratio, the rule of third and the Fibonacci Spiral are
  • ...why the background plays an important role like the main subject
  • ...that you can reach a lot with less effort
  • ...why less is more
  • ...where there is most potential
  • ...how do you find the right distance
  • ...how do you find the right frame
  • ...how you approach people in the right moment

I will show a lot of my photos and explain why I have composed them like that. So it's a course with a lot of examples.

When you have completed this course, you will...

  • ...think more before you take the shot
  • ...be more observing when it comes to composition
  • ...better compose your photos
  • ...have more fun doing photography

You can see some of the videos as previews and you have a full 30-Days-Money-Back-Guarantee. So there is no risk of taking this course. Go for it and enroll this excellent Udemy course about outstanding composition.

What are the requirements?

  • Know your camera
  • Know the basics of photography
  • Know the dependence between aperture, shutter and ISO

What am I going to get from this course?

  • know what makes a good photograph
  • know why a photograph doesn't work
  • know how to simplify a photograph
  • start seeing in a different way
  • differentiate between different composition rules and techniques
  • be more creative through different composition techniques
  • improve your portfolio by making more creative photographs

Who is the target audience?

  • Everybody who is new to photography
  • Everybody who is new to street photography
  • Everybody who wants to improve his photographs from a composition perspective
  • Everybody who wants to learn about composition elements next to the golden ratio
  • Everybody who enjoys looking at creative and well composed photos
  • This is not a basic camera course

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Section 1: The Basics of Composition

Like in painting, you start with a blank frame and you have to create something outstanding. If you master composition, you will have better chances to get the attention of the observer.


I guess you have ask this question to yourself also many times. I will answer it within this lecture based on some of my best photographs. I'm sure that you will be able to follow me and to understand what you have to change on your photos to make them better.


Based on some bad photos I took and not published, I show you what makes a bad shot. I describe the different things you have to prevent in order to make a good photo.


Everybody knows the rule of third, but do you also know the golden triangle or the Fibonnaci spirale? There are many basic rules, but they all make the same thing. You can focus on just one of them in order to master composition. Of course there are other elements in composition than the rule of third.


Knowing the basic rule is easy, applying them much more difficult. Learn in this lecture that the AF point plays an important role when composing a shot and that you can make a big difference here.

The Basics of Composition
5 questions
Section 2: The first steps to a better photograph

One of the biggest challenges in photography is to leave irrelevant things out of the frame. I show you how you can perform a clean up of your photograph by simplifying them.


The rule of space is a kind of implementation of the rule of third. So you place the subject on a third and leave much more space in the direction the person walks or looks. This is just the first thing you have to learn and apply to your photos.


Using the middle of the frame for your subjects is not a good idea. The eye doesn't like too much symmetry especially when the scene is not suitable for it. Most of the motives require an assymmetrical layout.


Of course there are scenes which perfectly work in symmetry. Therefore you have to differentiate between the good and the bad ones. As soon as you see a scene, you will know what to do. At least after this elcture you will be able to see that.


A frame should be filled in a certain balance to create a certain harmony to the eye. This can be reached by placing another object to the other side of the frame.


There is often a simple way of improving someones photograph. Most of the times, people are too far away. They want to show everything. This is not neccessary.

The right distance
The right frame size
The decisive Moment
Point of View
5 questions

Some questions which check your understanding of the last lectures.

Section 3: Grafical Elements
Leading Lines
Figure to Ground
Depth of Field
Objects in the Foreground
Motion Blur
Section 4: Advanced Techniques
Color as a composition element
Frame in the Frame

A lot of nothing can be still interesting and is called negativ space. It's the space around a subject which is called like that. You shoot such photos from a bigger distance as the person is normally much smaller in the frame.


When you want to show geometry in your photos, you combine architecture photography with street. Meaning that you find a nice modern architectural scene completing it with one person. In the bigger cities this is more and more difficult.

The Rule of Odds
Additional Layers
Working the Scene
Section 5: Conclusion
Breaking the Rules
Final Remarks

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Instructor Biography

Thomas Leuthard, Street Photographer

Thomas Leuthard is a street photographer based in Switzerland. Since 5 years he travels to the big cities of this world to witness and document life on the street. He has written several ebooks and also teaches workshops about street photography. He put all his knowledge into the provided video trainings that you don't have to apply for one of his workshops. Enjoy watching how Thomas makes his photos at any time you like.

Thomas has no secrets and will teach you all his knowledge. You will be able to get as popular as he is by following his trainings and of course by practicing a lot. Street photography is a very affordable way of photography which can be performed by anyone, anywhere.

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