Class Schedule:

Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 10 am – 1 pm

Saturday, August 12, 2017 @ 10 am – 1 pm

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COURSE DETAILS: INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSITION

CLASS 1 of 4, We must first SEE before we can take a great photo. This class is for anyone who wants to create visually compelling photographs. You will learn photographic composition well beyond the rule-of-thirds and leading lines. Composition and the Art of Visualization is a crucial element for creating great photographs.

What You Should Know This class will teach you the above concepts and how you can use them effectively. There will be less discussion on exposure and other technical aspects. (This material is covered in CLASS 2 of 4, Photography Essentials Class, Capture)

An Introduction to Composition

Photography enables you to convey a message, to tell a story, to sell a product, or to simply illustrate how beautiful a certain place you visited is.

More than ever in this digital age, we are exposed to photography and visual imagery in some shape or form every minute of the day – whether it’s a product’s advertising campaign or simply looking at pictures on one of the many social networking sites. This lesson explores how photographic styles are used as a method of communication.

We will also dig into the various types of cameras currently available on the market and why you would use one over the other. This will help you with purchasing a camera best tailored for your needs, making shooting in various conditions and situations easier and more enjoyable. The way you shoot and what you capture determines what your photograph communicates to others. Understanding different photography styles will help you identify the subjects you like to shoot and enhance your own style.

The Big Five

Composition can’t be discussed without first touching on the most common photographic rules, better knows as the Big Five.

Rule-Of-Thirds, Leading Lines, Fill The Frame, Patterns, Natural Frames

These elements are the foundation to many artists but don’t end here so in the next portion of the class we will pick up where this left off.

Beyond The Big Five

  • Lenses. Choosing the right lens can play a major role in the way an image looks. We will discuss wide angle, mid-range, and telephoto lenses along with the effects they create and which lenses work best in certain situations. We will also discuss the technical aspects of lenses such as aperture and the role they play in your photography.
  • Composition. We’ll focus on why certain images just “work” and discuss the importance of proportion in photographic composition. This starts with a discussion about the photographic frame, subject placement and then moves into more specific forms of proportion such as balance, the rule of thirds, golden ratio and its variants.
  • Geometry & Lines. Building on what you’ve learned about proportion, we’ll add geometry and lines to the equation. We will explore how the use of vertical, diagonal, and horizontal lines affect your images as well as how various shapes (circles, rectangles, triangles) can be utilized in isolation and patterns.
  • Putting It All Together. We will round out your knowledge by utilizing shapes, color, and contrast to elevate our compositions. We will also discuss various ways of training your eye to see opportunities to make use of what you’ve learned (such as flattening/expanding perspective and use of abstraction).

More than ever in this digital age, we are exposed to photography and visual imagery in some shape or form every minute of the day – whether it’s a product’s advertising campaign or simply looking at pictures on one of the many social networking sites. This lesson explores how photographic styles are used as a method of communication.

We will also dig into the various types of cameras currently available on the market and why you would use one over the other. This will help you with purchasing a camera best tailored for your needs, making shooting in various conditions and situations easier and more enjoyable. The way you shoot and what you capture determines what your photograph communicates to others. Understanding different photography styles will help you identify the subjects you like to shoot and enhance your own style.

What is the duration of this class?

It lasts approximately 3 hours, not including questions and answers at the end of the class.

Where will this class be held?

All classes are held at 1110 Melody Lane, Roseville, CA 95678 in Conference Room A: unless otherwise specified.

What if I miss the class? Will I be able to attend a make up class?

Availability permitting, attending a future class is not a problem. Let us know via email which class date you wish to attend and we will move you to that future event.

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