Rules of Composition

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TAKE THIS COURSE IF YOU…

Want to control the eye of the viewer
Want to emphasize one part of the image over another
Want to communicate an elaborate narrative
Create an energized or tranquil mood

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Your camera is a machine that sees differently than your eye, which means that sometimes a photograph will not turn out the way you might expect. The eleven lessons in Rules of Composition work separately and combined with each other to help you develop your own signature style. Maybe you want to create a sense of frenzy within the image, pushing the viewer’s eye to dart back and forth and up and down within the frame. Perhaps the story you want to tell is framed in such a way to convey a subject who is completely alone and unobserved, or perhaps the opposite, challenging the camera with humor, hostility or irony. Learn how different colors can create different moods. Develop easy to learn techniques to make your subject appear tiny and powerless or bold and dominate. And then of course, there is lots of fun in breaking the rules once you know them.


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I want to thank you again for getting me taken care of with this course. I actually loved it so much, I purchased the other one as well. I’ve now taken both the Rules of Composition AND Mechanics of a DSLR. Both courses were wonderful and I would recommend them to anyone – and will! – Angie England

Course Features

  • Lectures 10
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 135 minutes
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 22
  • Assessments Yes
  • Lessons 0/9

    • Lecture1.1
      2.1 Rule of Thirds 18 min
    • Lecture1.2
      2.2 Simplicity 08 min
    • Lecture1.3
      2.3 Framing 08 min
    • Lecture1.4
      2.4 Angles 16 min
    • Lecture1.5
      2.5 Leading Lines 14 min
    • Lecture1.6
      2.6 Shadows and Silhouettes 12 min
    • Lecture1.7
      2.7 Use of Color 13 min
    • Lecture1.8
      2.8 Patterns and Textures 09 min
    • Lecture1.9
      2.9 Portraits 18 min
    • Lecture1.10
      2.10 Landscapes 19 min

David H Wells

David H. Wells is a freelance photographer/video maker using whatever technology he can to create visual narratives. He is based in Providence, Rhode Island, affiliated with Aurora Photos and is also a photo-educator. One editor described him as a “…specialist in intercultural communication and visual narratives that excel in their creative mastery of light, shadow and sound, stills and video.” His project on the pesticide poisoning of California farm workers was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Over the years he has worked on assignment for such magazines as Fortune, Life, National Geographic, Newsweek, The Sunday New York Times, Time, etc. He also worked for corporations such as Consolidated Natural Gas and DuPont as well as for non-profits such as the Ford Foundation and the New Israel Fund. He has received two Fulbright fellowships, a grant from Nikon/N.P.P.A., a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation’s Program of Research and Writing on International Peace and Cooperation. His work has been in over fifty exhibitions and he has taught workshops at the International Center for Photography in NYC and at the Maine Media Workshops. He was featured in Photo District News as one of “The Best Workshop Instructors.”

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