- Best practices for advanced composition
- Reviewing other photographers' work
- Composing a scene
- Placing objects
- Composing around light and geometry
- Composing with layers: foreground and background
- Compositional exercises
Skill Level Beginner
(upbeat music) - Like all creative endeavors, photography is a combination of technical skill and artistic vision. It's necessary to study and practice both. And, in this course, we're going to go deep into the artistic vision side of things as we explore how to improve your skill at photographic composition. Working from the assumption that you already have a handle on basic composition, we're going to start with an exploration of some abstract photography to help you understand more about how good composition impacts the viewer.
From there, we'll slowly move into less abstract work to demonstrate how composition and content combine to create great images. To help you understand the process of pure composition I'm going to take you to watch photographer Susan K. Grant as she builds an elaborate set so that she can photograph its shadow. Along the way she'll take great care with the composition of every single element in the frame. - I've only just sort of started this set. Probably another three or four weeks we'll go into it, but, for today, I thought maybe we could go to work and you could help me a little.
- Okay. We're also going to look at images in this course, lots of images. Why? Because looking at images is one of the most effective ways to train your compositional sense. Don't worry, we'll do more than simply look. As we examine these photos, we're going to discuss why they work, and how you can take apart another photographer's shooting process to learn how to improve your own. Your study of composition will never end, but, right now, we're ready to start your next step.