The Photographic Composition class is for photographers who have either graduated from the Digital Camera Fundamentals course or photographers who are comfortable operating their camera in Manual, Aperture and Shutter Priority modes. The Photographic Composition class moves you beyond taking snapshots and transforms you into a photographer.
During the class, you will learn the most important basic photography concepts including: exposure calculation, depth-of-field, effective composition guidelines and how to use your camera to get consistent professional looking results.
The Photographic Composition Class isn’t about getting you comfortable with your camera, rather it’s an intensive look at the craft of photography.
You’ll have plenty of opportunity to receive feedback on your work. If this intimidates you, please don’t let it.
We always tell students that the number one way to improve their photography is to show their images and receive feedback from professional photographers who know what makes a good photograph. Showing your images to relatives is great and in their eyes you’ll always be a fantastic photographer, but to make real improvements in your work, you need to receive real, constructive feedback.
What You Will Learn
- Improving your photography
- Strong underlying compositional order
- Ignoring the Details
- Simplifying and Excluding
- Composition versus Framing
- Lightening and Darkening
- Using Colour
- Composing for different frame shapes and orientations
- Dividing the Frame
- “Rules” of Composition
- Frames within Frames
- Creating Dynamic Tension
- Using Lines to direct the viewer
- The use of curves within an image
- Using focus to direct the viewer through an image
What to Expect
- 12 hours of classroom instruction
- Plenty of hands-on practical exercises
- Photographic Composition course book
- Certificate of Completion
- Delicious snacks during coffee breaks
- Small group size, limited to 16 participants
- Completion of the Burwell School of Photography Digital Camera Fundamentals class or an equivalent course or practical experience including the ability to work with your camera in manual mode
At a minimum, you’ll want to have…
- A fully adjustable (must have the ability to shoot in Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual Modes) digital camera (digital SLR with a removable lens preferred).
- If you are not sure that your camera qualifies, please contact us with the details of your equipment
- An external flash unit
- A tripod
- A remote shutter release
- Providence Renewal Centre
- 3005 – 119 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta
Cost of the Class
- $250 Canadian Dollars (plus tax) for the weekday evening class.
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