foundations of composition
april 10, 2017
may 15, 2017
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Learn the fundamentals of composition in this new four week course. We will examine some of the basic rules of composition and apply them with weekly assignments designed to help you begin to think critically about your images. You will learn how to use basic compositional considerations such as the rule of thirds, perspective, leading lines, depth, and framing to create visually interesting and strong images. Weekly discussions will help students understand how minor changes in the composition of an image can affect the mood of the image as well as the viewer’s perception. This course also includes several videos on composition and creating stronger images.
makes an image compelling!”
daily shooting encouraged
4 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
All students need to have a solid understanding of exposure. We recommend the 102 course, Mastering Manual Exposure, if you need a refresher.
This textbook-model course offers students a dynamic learning environment due to the collaborative nature of the materials. Each run will consist of one instructor (Lisa Benemelis or Kristy Dooley) although the course PDF and videos will draw upon examples from both (as well as several other instructors) to illustrate specific points.
Beginner and Intermediate
• A Weekly PDF covering different techniques to make your compositions stronger
• Several videos clarifying the compositional techniques covered in the materials
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson
• Personal Critiques of Weekly Assignments by Instructor
Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.
Welcome & Preassignment
Reading: an introduction to composition
Assignment: one subject with different compositions; evaluation
Reading: creating depth within the frame
Assignment: effective framing
Reading: lines, colors, shapes, patterns and symmetry
Assignment: using lines to strengthen the composition
Assignment: taking control of your perspective
The CPS workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, the instructor is present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.
Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive instructor critiques.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.
Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.