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Seeing Pictures – a course in Composition In Photography

Many of our students take our Composition – Seeing Pictures course after completing either of our DSLR courses (the 4 session or 1 Day version). It seems a natural extension from learning about how your camera works to learning about how to see and take better pictures.

As Dorothea Lange said “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera”

The course is not just about the design rules that dictate some forms of photographic composition because rules and laws are there to be broken. We do look at the ways that photographs can be read to be better understood. In pursuit of this each class is arranged around the work of a prominent, some might say, masters of photography. People whose work is so lauded that not to use them as a basis for understanding photographic composition would be a failure. We can learn so much by looking at and understanding the photographs of the best practitioners of our art and craft, learning by looking helps us to see.

“Many thanks again for another fantastic course it has filled many a gap in my knowledge and helped me no end”

“I also did the seeing pictures course in October and will certainly be recommending both to anyone who’ll listen!”

The next course starts 6th October, 4 sessions, 2 hours each the cost £80

More information here

 

How to Use Natural Frames to Enhance Photographic Composition

“In a lot of photographic situations, a photographer will often come across a natural object near the scene that can be used to “frame” the main element of the image. It’s a common photographic composition technique and one that can be used to great effect if you can pull it off. Here are a few things to think about when you next have the opportunity to frame your photograph as well as some examples of successful images that use framing.”…….more

 

Frames are one of the subject areas discussed in our Composition – Seeing Pictures course which starts in March