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Foundations of Composition

with Susan Grimes


$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along

Learn the fundamentals of composition in this 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.


All students need to have a solid understanding of exposure. We recommend Mastering Manual Exposure if you need a refresher.

what you’ll get

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4 weekly lesson PDFs (formatted for print or on-screen viewing) covering different techniques to make your compositions stronger

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Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.

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Full Participation students receive extensive personal critiques of weekly assignment submissions.

Study Along Students have full viewing access.


This course includes several videos to clarify the compositional techniques covered in the materials

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One of the benefits of the textbook course model is that the concepts are explained with examples from several different photographers (different genres)

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Shooting threads that help students stay on task and practice the concepts each week


Lesson One


The Rule of Thirds

When Centering Works

Following the Gaze of the Subject

Horizontal vs. Vertical Compositions

Square Compositions

The Edge of the Frame

Limbs: Where to crop, where to avoid

Anticipating the Crop


One image four ways

Lesson Two


Framing and Creating Depth


Framing Devices

Aperture and Depth

Focal Length and Depth

Negative Space

Filling the Frame


Framing/Filling the Frame

Lesson Three


Leading Lines

Triangles and Circles

Patterns, Repeating Elements & Symmetry

Using Color Intentionally

Moving the Viewer's Eye Around the Frame


Diagonal Lines, Triangles, and Vanishing Points

Lesson Four



Shooting From Above, Eye Level & Below

Perspective and Distortion

Working Distance and Perspective

Forced Perspective and Photographic Illusion

Light and Shadows


Changing Your Perspective Intentionally

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"This is the course that woke me up to observing life around me in a whole new way. I found myself finding “attractive” moments that previously I would have missed. And I started to learn the secrets that change snapshots into “real” photographs."

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about your instructor

This textbook-model course offers students a dynamic learning environment due to the collaborative nature of the materials. Each run will consist of one instructoralthough the course PDF and videos will draw upon examples from both (as well as several other instructors) to illustrate specific points.

how it works


download weekly lessons

Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.

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chat online

Your workshop registration includes access to a private online forum for sharing and discussion. The classroom forum is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.

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study & ask questions

Study on your own time, and check in on the classroom forum for interactive learning. The instructor is present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.

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complete weekly assignments

Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon 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 critique each week.


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.



  1. G Ding January 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    I was so excited to join Susan’s workshop last November as I had followed her on Instagram for a while. Her style of teaching is very straightforward, practical and dynamic. She replied all different kinds of questions on a timely manner and her feedback for critique photos always make magics.This workshop is definitely a valuable experience of my lifetime.

  2. Veronica January 8, 2019 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    I really enjoyed the workshop. The materials were great and easy to understand. I loved how Susan would follow up with links to different explanations of what we were learning. The homework assignments were challenging and the feedback from Susan was very helpful.

  3. Laura January 4, 2019 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    I loved this course! Susan’s lesson taught me how to slow down and stop to think about composing photograph. I feel like this course gave me the missing link in my early photography journey.
    The lessons were well thought out and the videos are extremely helpful. The daily commentary on photographs by the TAs was so, so helpful. The end of week critiques were so helpful.
    I’m so happy I took this course!

  4. Ann Kendall December 30, 2018 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    If you’re looking for a course that will inspire and challenge you, take Foundations of Composition with Susan Grimes. This course pushed me to see things differently, from discovering shapes and perspectives where I never saw them before, to finding ways to take ordinary scenes and make them visually engaging. While I was familiar with many of the composition principles, I discovered there’s soooo much more to them. Susan and her helpers will give you detailed feedback to guide and push you, making it relevant to you whether you’re a seasoned photographer or you’re just getting started. If you’re on the fence about whether to take this course full participation or not, I’d say this is a course where it can really make a difference. I feel like I grew the most from the daily/weekly practice and the thoughtful critiques of my images. Don’t miss this one!

    • Susan Grimes January 5, 2019 at 9:06 am - Reply

      I’ve been just as inspired by this class as you Ann! It is a joy to see how much impact this class can have on all levels of students. Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback!

  5. K McDowall December 7, 2018 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    I can’t say enough good things about taking this course with Susan Grimes. She has such an incredibly strong eye for composition within images and I feel I could learn from her endlessly. she gives and gives and gives to her students and she has given me an abundance of useful feedback. Taking this course has absolutely strengthened my images so much more. I can’t recommend this course enough.

    • Susan Grimes January 5, 2019 at 9:02 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for your extremely kind words Krystil! All your hard work will definitely pay off and I’m so happy you found all the feedback helpful!

  6. Laurel Smith December 7, 2018 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    This course is amazing! I have been so inspired by Susan’s work and I was pleased to learn that she is not only an incredible photographer but a wonderful teacher as well. Taking this course as a full-participation student has been crucial for me to continually push myself and I feel that I have learned new things every day through the forum feedback. I have learned so many things from this course that I now keep in mind when I am shooting and editing which make me question, “Is this image composition-ally strong? Could it be stronger?” I am excited to continue learning and being inspired by the new friends I have made in this course.

    • Susan Grimes January 3, 2019 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      It was such a joy to have you in the class Laurel and I can’t thank you enough for your kind review!

  7. Liz Binder December 7, 2018 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    This was a wonderful course! It was the first time I did a full participation and I’m so glad I did. It kept me accountable for practicing the material we learned every single day. And I was able to get reviews and suggestions on all photos I posted. The material Susan provides is so helpful and I plan to continue to go over and over it! Susan gave such detailed reviews and answered every question I had. I feel my work is so much stronger now that I really understand the fundamentals of what makes a great photo when it comes to composition. Excellent course.

    • Susan Grimes December 9, 2018 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      It was wonderful to have you in the class Liz! I am so happy you gained so much from it and honored to be a part of your journey!

  8. Kelly Weidner September 10, 2018 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    This class was incredible…if you’re not sure if you should do it, you definitely should! The materials are great and the content is game changing – I never knew there were so many triangles, circles and lines in the world! Susan and the TAs have me rethinking how I even approach taking photos. But, most importantly, Susan Grimes is an incredible instructor. She is devoted, responsive, helpful and goes above and beyond to make sure students are getting the most out of the class. She responds quickly to posts and always gives participants something to think about. I would take any class taught by Susan.

    • Susan Grimes October 8, 2018 at 10:50 am - Reply

      I can’t thank you enough for your wonderful review Kelly! It was such a joy to have you in the class!

  9. Melodie Meigs August 21, 2018 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    This is hands down the best single thing I’ve done for my photography. Susan Grimes and the TAs are phenomenal. The feedback you get as a full student is invaluable to help you distill your intent for the viewer, making your photography more compelling and stand out from taking snapshots. You could take composition courses anywhere, but the ClickinMoms community, the instructors, the TAs, and peer feedback make this particular course exceptional. Everyone pours their heart into it. Sign up as a full student and commit to shooting every day!

    • Susan Grimes August 29, 2018 at 9:56 am - Reply

      It was such a pleasure to have you in the class Melodie! In fact, I couldn’t have asked for a better first run class. Thank you so much for your feedback! Teaching this workshop has been such a wonderful experience.

  10. Carolyn Bauer August 20, 2018 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Everyone excels at different aspects of photography and Susan Grimes is amazing at composition. I always try to learn from people who are the best at what they do and this class was exactly what I hoped it would be. She shared her knowledge and insight in a very easy and understandable way. I also feel that while I grasped the basics during the past month there is still tons of material to go back and review so I think it will continue helping me improve and grow as a photographer for a long time. The material is simple enough for a beginner but there is also enough detail and information that someone with more photography knowledge would learn a lot as well. This class helped me more than any other class/breakout I have done so far and I feel so lucky to have taken it!

    • Susan Grimes August 29, 2018 at 9:58 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Carolyn for your amazing feedback! I am really glad you found the workshop so valuable. It was wonderful having you in the class and I can already see all your hard work paying off.

  11. Danielle McNeely April 20, 2018 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    This class was such a blast! I knew the basics of composition but really wanted to get a better understanding of all the different concepts. I pushed myself to shoot daily and practice the concepts from each week, while building on the previous weeks and, I feel like it made such a huge difference. Kristy gave such detailed feedback on our weekly assignments and was always quick to answer and questions we had. I learned so many new ways I could strengthen my images – there is a ton of information in the PDFs and videos. I know I’ll be referring back to these materials! Thank you so much Kristy :)

  12. Katharine Saunders March 3, 2018 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    This is one of the best classes I have taken here at CM. The material is presented in a concise but thorough way and the instructors are fabulous. Kristy was the lead instructor during the run I took the workshop and she was quick with thoughtful feedback and answers to questions. Daily shooting is recommended and that is really the best way to get the most out of this class. Beginners shouldn’t be intimidated and even those who have been shooting for a while will find good information here. Can’t recommend this workshop enough!

  13. Iris November 21, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    This workshop is amazing, and a must take for every photographer. Although I have been photographing for some years now, I needed to really understand composition more. I have been using ROT all the time, however there is so much more to composition. Lisa is amazing in explaining to find lines, triangles, patterns, and incorporate them in photography to your advantage; making your images stronger. Lisa explains when square images work, and why. How to crop an image intentionally, and again explaining why. When a center composition works…and why. You see a pattern here? Yes, you will find out the whys in this workshop. And trust me, it will make so much sense and you will see lines, patterns, triangles all the time after this workshop.

    Lisa was always present in the class and answered every question we had. The Alumni team was amazing with their feedback as well. The only regret I have is that I should have taken this workshop several years ago. So, if you are serious learning more about composition to make your images stronger, I highly suggest that you sign up for the next run of Foundations of Composition.

    • Lisa Benemelis November 22, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Iris! I really enjoyed having you in class and it was so great seeing your confidence grow over the course of the workshop. I can see it reflected in your work!! <3

  14. Susan Holzgraefe November 17, 2017 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    I had always hesitated taking this class because I thought I already knew the basics of composition. No, no, no…I was so wrong. This class really should be named Composition is Absolutely Foundational. Lisa’s wonderful instruction and feedback helped me connect the dots and begin to internalize what makes a solid photograph. I can’t believe the number of Aha moments I had during these four weeks. So, if you are like me and are on the fence about this class, just do it. I’m so glad I did and I know you will be, too.

    • Lisa Benemelis November 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Susan! I loved having you in class and I looked forward to your assignments every week! <3 I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the workshop so much – you did wonderfully and I'm thrilled to hear you're feeling so confident in composition now!

  15. Leigh November 16, 2017 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Foundations of Composition is a must take class. Lisa is incredibly thoughtful and a great (and present) resource. I find myself thinking about composition even when I do not have a camera in hand! I am leaving this course much better equipped than when I started, and have noticed a tremendous difference in my images since completing this class.

    • Lisa Benemelis November 19, 2017 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      I’m truly happy that you had a transformative experience in FOC, Leigh :) I hope that you’re still having just as much fun discovering composition all around you!

  16. Stephanie November 15, 2017 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Foundations of Composition was one of those classes that will completely change your photography. As a matter of fact, I think it should be one of the first classes that any newbie should take. But it’s not just the class itself…. the instructor, Lisa Benemelis, and her talented AHs were so helpful with their feedback and showed genuine enthusiasm throughout the four weeks. I recommend taking it Full Participation as the instructor and AH feedback is very helpful in grasping some of the more detailed concepts.

  17. Melanie Crawford November 15, 2017 at 12:12 am - Reply

    I just finished this amazing course, and I am so sad that it’s over! The lessons have made me so much more aware of what is in my frame and what elements help to create a strong image. I find myself thinking about composition now even when I’m not shooting. Lisa’s feedback was very detailed, clear and thoughtful. Daily shooting is encouraged in the class, and alumni helpers provided helpful feedback on our daily photo shares which really motivated me to practice as much as I could. This course has helped me to become a better photographer and leaves me inspired to keep shooting and growing!

    • Lisa Benemelis November 19, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

      I’m so happy to read that you discovered and continue to grow in your own ability to work with composition. I can’t thank you enough for your kind words, Melanie :)

  18. Yasmin Khayal December 17, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    This was a great course and a must for any budding or experienced photographer. Lisa explains the concepts very well and gives really detailed and helpful feedback on the assignments. You begin to look for what you learned everywhere and attempt to become a more conscious photographer. The TAs were very helpful and provided extra critique during the daily share threads. Take it as full participation; the feedback is invaluable!

    • Melanie Crawford November 15, 2017 at 12:11 am - Reply

      I just finished this amazing course, and I am so sad that it’s over! The lessons have made me so much more aware of what is in my frame and what elements help to create a strong image. I find myself thinking about composition now even when I’m not shooting. Lisa’s feedback was very detailed, clear and thoughtful. Daily shooting is encouraged in the class, and alumni helpers provided helpful feedback on our daily photo shares which really motivated me to practice as much as I could. This course has helped me to become a better photographer and leaves me inspired to keep shooting and growing!

  19. Wendy May December 9, 2016 at 4:25 am - Reply

    This workshop was exactly what I needed to help me with the many questions I had regarding composition. The workshop provided simple, straightforward and easy to follow teaching presented attractively in both pdf and video format. Lisa was very hands on providing advice and help in the FP forums, plus there was additional helpful tips and advice provided by the TA’s who were also very hands on throughout the course. I find myself looking for shapes and lines everywhere now and can see loads of previously missed opportunities which I am ready for now! As well as learning from the course materials, I found the student assignments and feedback invaluable. Also loved the TA / AH’s weekly assignment contributions which likewise helped to cement the week’s teaching. I am so chuffed to have this excellent composition teaching material to review when needed. The workshop material is truly a valuable addition to any photographer’s library and money well spent. Thank you CM.

  20. Lisa Fraudin January 21, 2016 at 12:49 am - Reply

    I can’t say enough good things about FOC. This is the course that woke me up to observing life around me in a whole new way. I found myself finding “attractive” moments that previously I would have missed. And I started to learn the secrets that change snapshots into “real” photographs. I’m not your typical CM member-my children are young adults and I don’t have little ones to take pictures of, yet I was amazed at the things I found to photograph when I started to learn what creates an attractive composition. I started carrying my camera with me & found opportunities everywhere-even on crazy busy days. I committed to shooting daily & made myself submit my efforts even if my best for that day felt like something I wasn’t proud of. There was really a lot of information shared & the interaction with classmates was really beneficial as well! The daily feedback (for my work as well as my classmates) was amazing & I learned so much (even from my duds!). And now I’m getting the full benefit of the pixels my camera advertised-my crops are much less drastic-LOL! I would HIGHLY recommend full participation if you can do it. I personally finished the class with Lisa Benemelis & I can’t emphasize how generous she was with her time & how skilled she was at critiquing everyone in such a kind way. She gave me the perfect challenge of ideas to move forward without ever feeling beaten down. I know the other instructors (Allison McSorley & Kristy Dooley are also as kind & committed to the learning.) They together create an atmosphere that is also fun-for an entire month. If you want to learn how to “see” more creatively when you look through your viewfinder, take this class! It’s been a gift to me that keeps on giving!

  21. Val May 8, 2014 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    This class was such a wonderful, wonderful experience! I not only learned a lot, but also felt so inspired during the four weeks that the course ran! What I found most valuable was the tremendous amount of thoughtful and detailed feedback that I received from the instructors, TAs, alumni helpers and fellow classmates. And not just on the end-of-the-week assignment, but on the (invaluable) daily shooting shares as well as the mid-week check-in shares. The fabulous quality and amount of feedback that you will receive in this class really warrants full participation – I promise that you will not regret it! The constant feedback and interaction with instructors, TAs, alumni helpers and classmates gives this class such depth. You should not hesitate – sign up now!

  22. Melissa May 1, 2014 at 3:42 am - Reply

    Great class and highly recommend taking it as Full Participation. The direct feedback from experienced photographers is invaluable. Sometimes you know something is not right, but you can’t put your finger on it. That’s where their knowledge comes to play and will help you to start shooting more mindfully. This is a daily shooting class. I don’t think you would grow as much if you didn’t shoot every day. Even if you don’t have a good day, still post something and learn from your mistakes. The feedback is thoughtful and detailed, not intimidating. The instructor, TAs and AHs all post their images for examples of the assignment, which helps you get an idea of what you need to be thinking about. You are free to ask them any questions about anything you’re struggling with. Everyone is at a different level, so to get the feedback that pertains to you is so helpful. The class is a little time consuming because you do shoot daily and have the PDF to read, but it’s worth it. I would say to give yourself about 2-3 hrs a day if you do FP. You will want to post your images and read the CC for others to learn new things. There is no doubt that you will improve by taking this workshop!

  23. Jen April 30, 2014 at 12:59 am - Reply

    I loved this class! I am a newbie to photography and have lots to learn. This class was a wonderful place to start learning what makes a photograph visually appealing and a stronger image. The feedback was excellent and very specific to your photo. My photos have improved greatly by the end of the 4 weeks. I liked that this class offered daily critiques because it encouraged me to practice every day. The TAs were awesome as well as the AH who critiqued your daily work. I loved seeing other people’s photos to learn from their critiques too. I would recommend this class for sure!

  24. Nancy April 29, 2014 at 1:27 am - Reply

    I just finished this course, and I am so sorry to see it end! This was my first workshop with CM and I am so glad that I took FOC. Lisa and all the TA’s were great to work with. I learned so much from all of them, in such a comfortable atmosphere! The critiques were honest and informative. Daily shooting was encouraged, but not required. I am so glad that I did shoot everyday. I really think that it helped my progress through this course. I already find self taking pictures differently than I used to. I see leading lines and triangles everywhere now!! I highly recommend this!!

  25. Leah March 12, 2014 at 3:25 am - Reply

    I cannot praise this workshop and its instructors enough. Foundations of Composition (FOC) is a game changing course. What’s wonderful about it is that it really isn’t just a beginner “100 Level” course. I’ve taken many CM workshops (I’ve just hit double-digits to give you some perspective), all full-participation; And this is truly the best or one of the best I have ever taken. The instructors and course structure are the strengths of this workshop. Emma Wood was our lead instructor this run (February 2014) and I cannot praise her enough. Emma is an all-around lovely lady with amazing talent she generously uses to inspire students in the course. The materials do a deep-dive into composition on all levels and the course structure is such that you are shooting, critiquing others, and actively participating every day for a full month. It was basically a composition bootcamp. I now find myself selecting my crop overlay tool in Lightroom, but switching it off immediately because my photos are perfectly composed–no cropping needed! The other instructors/TAs our run were Lisa Benemelis and Allison McSorley. These ladies, their feedback, and support were simply amazing. I cannot endorse this workshop enough and think it really is a “MUST TAKE” for photographers at all levels.

  26. Joyce February 26, 2014 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    What an eye opening class! The instructors & TAs were exceptional in giving very detailed critiques and answering all questions and the material was abundant (not overwhelming but very thorough). I’m trying to incorporate what I learned when I shoot now and I see myself looking for leading lines, diagonals and repetitive shapes. I don’t shoot a lot of portraits but instead shoot landscapes, nature and animals and this class has really helped me when framing my subjects. All of my classmates were also very helpful in critiquing and giving feedback which really made the class that much more interesting. I hated it when the class ended but we have formed a Facebook group and a bunch of us are still communicating and taking pictures. You won’t be sorry at all if you take this class and it is worth every penny!

  27. julia_3 January 12, 2014 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    I completed the first run of this workshop and before signing up I was a little unsure if I would gain anything from this course, having already covered some basic composition in other classes, how silly of me – I couldn’t have been more wrong! I LOVED this course and gained so much from it, I see things everywhere now that I didn’t see before and learnt so much. Even though I was incredibly time poor with the lead up to heading away for the Christmas holidays, I loved every minute of this workshop. Allison, Lisa and Emma were so amazing in their detailed feedback and at times edited images to show you what they were thinking. I needed this course and didn’t even realise how much! The first run was so much fun, we had a fantastic group of ladies, but I think it was the commitment from Allison, Lisa and Emma that really made this workshop hum. I would not hesitate to suggest this workshop, you will love it!

  28. clauck December 30, 2013 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    What a great workshop this was! I’m sad that it had to end! I typically spend a fair amount of time reading workshop reviews and viewing alumni picture shares before signing up for a workshop. Since this was the first run I didn’t have that option but knew with these instructors that I wouldn’t be disappointed! Allison, Lisa and Emma did a fabulous job and I never would have known it was a first run! The material was well organized, clear and filled with images that not only demonstrated the concepts being covered but inspired me to pick up my camera! The feedback was thorough and honest. I learned so much from reading through the critiques of my images and those of my wonderful classmates. Daily shooting made such a difference. I found that some concepts seemed easy to understand when reading but proved to be a bit more difficult with a camera in my hands! There’s so much more to composition than leading lines and rule of thirds-who knew! :) I highly recommend this class!

  29. Katy December 28, 2013 at 2:32 am - Reply

    Favorite class to date! Wow. What a fun month we’ve just had …

    I went into this class thinking I knew what we would be covering, only we would cover it in more detail. How wrong I was! What I ‘knew’ barely scratched the surface. What an eye opening, thought provoking and FUN class.

    Allison, Lisa and Emma, have put so much into this workshop and all three made themselves available to us daily to answer questions and provide thorough feedback. Quite a task, given how active our group was … we may have been a little chatty. :giggle

    Course materials were thorough, with just enough information, and accompanying images, to cement the concepts discussed. This is not a heavy reading class at all, and with daily shooting strongly suggested, I appreciated that. I was able to read the weekly PDFs quickly, and pick up my camera to get started. The PDFs may have been brief, and to the point, but they ALWAYS had me reaching for my camera as soon as I was done … so I found the materials brief (around 20 pages on average), to the point, and inspiring.

    The feedback from instructors was very considered, detailed and specific. All three would take the time to ‘draw’ on our images, or pull them into Photoshop and make some adjustments, to highlight successes and to demonstrate how we could improve upon, and strengthen, a composition.

    I am now seeing things very differently … as others have already mentioned, I am seeing shapes, leading lines and framing opportunities everywhere – and driving my family bonkers in the process. :giggle I have also grown to like some perspectives that I would never have tried before … I realise that I’ve been a straight up ‘eye level’ shooter until taking this class.

    Thank you so much to Allison, Lisa and Emma for such a wonderful workshop – and to my fabulous classmates too. :lv: I look forward to continuing with putting these concepts into practice and making deliberate composition decisions before I press the shutter. Amazing class and a wonderful way to finish up my first year at CM. Highly recommend this class – you will NOT be disappointed!

  30. Kelly December 23, 2013 at 4:20 am - Reply

    I just finished the first run of this course. I have had so much fun this month being challenged and pushed out of my comfort zone into a place where I feel much more confident about my images. The instructors were fabulous and so encouraging. I felt the material was extremely accessible to someone who is still in the beginning stages of their photography journey and the course was set up to gain feedback extensively along the way. The course involves daily shooting and practice, which was so helpful! I could not have grown as much without that element and the awesome feedback from the amazing instructors and all my peers in the FP group. It really is such an awesome course!

  31. Sarah December 21, 2013 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    I thoroughly enjoyed this class. It was quite a lot of work and I saw a commensurate amount of growth, not only in my own photography but in all my FP classmates’ as well. Even though I’d read many books on composition and studied other photographers’ work, the instruction and guidance from Allison and the TA’s as well as their carefully chosen assignments really helped me focus on composing a pleasing image right in the camera and gave excellent suggestions on how to further give them impact during post processing. It’s a solid foundations class that will be of use to the newest photographer or someone who has been comfortable with their camera for a long time. The critiques were well thought out and you can tell each teacher spent several minutes looking at each image before giving feedback. I know this will continue to help me improve my photography even after the class ends, as I continue to internalize and have opportunities to practice each of the techniques that were presented. I see shapes and lines where I could not visualize them before. Take this class if you need to learn to be more deliberate about what’s in your frame before you click the shutter. Also, Allison is just the sweetest – a most encouraging mentor with a great heart and it shines through in every word.

  32. Melina December 21, 2013 at 5:09 am - Reply

    I just had the pleasure of completing the first run of Foundations of Composition!! What a stimulating, challenging and game-changing experience!! The material was thorough, multi layered and creatively empowering!! Allison hit the ground running as this rounds leading instructor and, along with Emma and Lisa, offered detailed, thoughtful, specific feedback daily! This past month I’ve felt inspired, pushed out of my comfort zone and have literally been seeing shapes, leading lines and framing opportunities everywhere!!! I feel so much more confident in my ability to understand what makes an image compelling! Run and sign up for round 2!!!!! <3

  33. jesspr December 21, 2013 at 4:11 am - Reply

    It was such such such a pleasure to take this class! I can’t even express how much I have learned and how much it has helped me grow. To be honest, I was a little nervous to take a “first run” course. I was worried the material might have been rushed or the course would need tweaking. But because CMU (generally) and the instructors (specifically) have such stellar reputations and amazing talent, I took (what I thought) was a risk and signed up. I am SO SO SO glad I did!! The materials were so detailed and contained such great examples that really helped to cement the concepts. The feedback was so detailed and instructive. I learned so much from reading what the instructors wrote on my assignments and also from the feedback left on everyone else’s assignments. There was truly a wealth of information in there!! Allison, Emma and Lisa were also so quick to answer questions on the Q&A threads and in our daily share threads. I’m amazed at how much knowledge they were willing to share and that they all found the time – especially given how active the forum was!!! I think anyone beginning their journey would greatly benefit from this class and even more seasoned photographers too. There was a lot to learn – much much more than rule of thirds!!

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