Outstanding Composition: How to blow away your audience
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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.
4.5 (1,194 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
26,316 students enrolled
Created by Thomas Leuthard
Last updated 2/2015
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This course includes
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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
  • Know your camera
  • Know the basics of photography
  • Know the dependence between aperture, shutter and ISO

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
Who this course is for:
  • 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
Course content
Expand all 32 lectures 04:54:22
+ The Basics of Composition
5 lectures 44:25

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.

Preview 02:33

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.

What makes a good photo?

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.

Why some photos don't work

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.

Preview 04:11

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.

Practical use basic rules
The Basics of Composition
5 questions
+ The first steps to a better photograph
11 lectures 02:03:23

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.

Simplify a photograph

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.

Rule of Space

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.

Off the middle

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.

Perfect Symmetry

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.

Fill the Frame
The right distance
The right frame size
The decisive Moment
Point of View

Some questions which check your understanding of the last lectures.

The first steps to a better photograph
5 questions
+ Grafical Elements
7 lectures 58:38
Leading Lines
Figure to Ground
Depth of Field
Objects in the Foreground
Motion Blur
+ Advanced Techniques
7 lectures 01:02:35
Color as a composition element

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.

Negative Space

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.

Additional Layers
Working the Scene