Introduction to The Photographic Composition Workshop
1 – What will I learn?
If you are having difficulty seeing a balanced picture, the workshop will give you methods of creating visual balance in a wide variety of situations. This workshop is not about the so-called “Rule of Thirds” – a predetermined unthinking way of applying a preset without thought or judgement. There are no right or wrong answers with a subject selection and visual balance, however, there are principles not rules to be recognised. Great Composition = Structure + Order + Cohesiveness
The aims of composition
“You are the viewer’s eyes.”
Andy Beel FRPS
- What will I learn?
- The Composition Introduction Workshop At A Glance
- Examples of Photographic Composition
- Photographic Composition Workshop Tutorial
- You Will Have The Opportunity To Take Pictures Like These
- Is This Photographic Composition Workshop For Me?
2 – The Photographic Composition Workshop At A Glance
Dates and Times
The Introduction day starts at 10.00 and finishes at 4.00 – 5.00.
Included In The Cost
- ABC of CameraWork Manual worth £25
- Individual or group picture reviews
- Guidance to selected photography locations
- Suggestions for composition, exposure and lenses
- On-going email support
Excluded From The cost
Transport to the Workshop, Parking, Entrance Fees, Meals, and Refreshments
What To Bring
- Camera and camera manual
- Memory cards
- Mobile phone
- Notebook, pen
- Wet weather gear – depending on the forecast
- Walking boots
We will meet in a cafe for a coffee and a chat about The ABC of CameraWork and what you would like to get out of the day. Relevant technical issues such as focus and exposure compensation will also be included. After that we will set out to take pictures in a wide variety of selected locations, taking in lunch along the way.
Joining Instructions will be emailed to you approximately two weeks before the event. Included will be the exact time and location for us to meet up.
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information please go to our frequently asked questions page
Once you become a client, part of the package is unlimited email support. If you have a question, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
3 – The Sea of Steps – examples of photographic composition
The feature picture – right is a classic golden spiral composition, click on the picture to see the spiral overlay.
The best known picture of The Sea of Steps was taken by Fredrick Evans in 1903.
4 Composition Workshop Tutorial
Five vital things you need to know about composition
- Simple geometric shapes
- Less is more
- Picture elements – essentials, nice to haves and must not haves
- If in doubt, get closer
- Use it or lose it
Turn OFF Framing Guidelines in your Electronic Viewfinder for a more personal compositional arrangement.
The reasons why
Composition is the glue that holds a picture together. Select and composing the picture is all about you, how you see and what you perceive as significant. One area of photography that your camera cannot help to improve is your skills and awareness of composition. The camera is only a tool to record your ideas.
Show > Do > Review
The one-day introduction workshops in the LGE Programme offer instruction in a very straightforward way. The Show > Do > Review principle is employed to enable you, the workshop participant, to get the maximum benefit from the day. The workshop demonstrates practical ways of using knowledge and new-found skills. Knowledge isn’t knowledge until you own i and use at will in any appropriate situation.
Participant Picture Reviews
During the day your pictures will be reviewed as you take them to ensure that you fully understand how to get the effect you’re trying to achieve. All of us see pictures differently and we can learn from each other by sharing the pictures we have taken. We all see things in our own way and passing around cameras is a good method to pick up the vision and style of others.
“Composition is the art of leaving things out”
Andy Beel FRPS
5 – You Will Have The Opportunity To Take Pictures Like These
Click on the pictures below to enlarge them
6 – Is The Introduction To Photographic Composition Workshop For Me?
Composition is probably the most difficult photographic skill to learn. It requires perception, awareness and the making of decisions based on what looks right to you. There are no right or wrong answers, it is not a mathematical formula. Your photography skills and knowledge will greatly benefit from being in the Learning Zone for just one day. Here is a reminder of what we said at the top of the page:
- Effectively use the five vital things you need to know about composition
- Open a door to expressive seeing and composition
- Excellent for both colour and mono photographers
- A move towards cleaner, simpler pictures will aid photographers of any ability
When you are ready to book, return to the top of the page.
Making your best, even better
Andy Beel FRPS