Crafting photographs

Photographic Composition

4 Lessons Easy

About this course

Without a frame, there is no painting, there is no photography. Without composition, what you allow into that frame is just a random collection of visual stimuli that do not contribute to any form of meaning or emotion. Composition is the key to the eyes through visual strength, to the heart through emotion and to the mind through meaning. Ignore composition at your own risk.

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Course Structure

Common lies of photographic composition

A great number of tutorials about composition populate the interwebs. Here's why you should ignore most of them/

Composition is ordering of visual energy

All forms of art create points of sensory energy, tension and resolution, alternate moments of peace with those of great turmoil, manipulate the spectator/listener's attention in predefined ways. Photographic composition is the positioning of points of visual energy throughout the frame in order to communicate a desired emotion or meaning to the viewer's mind.

You’ve been framed

The frame is the foundation of all composition. The nature and strength of borders in you image is the primary force bbehind the visual energy.

Why (photographic frame) format matters more than megapixels

Often, photographers use a format because that's what their camer shoots natively. What if that format cramps their style?

  • Sean says:

    Refreshing insight so far, Pascal. Could what you’re on about here lead to an ‘Ah ha’ moment. Meaning, this process, assists in making it clearer in what we come to know as those instants which drive ones photographic craft, and also lets those instants guide and inform in furthering ones compositional competencies – not blindly complying to a rules based mantra, and or purloining another’s technique.

  • Pen