LGE Introduction to Photographic Composition Workshop


Thu 19 October 2017 – Wells – Somerset 
Thu 25 January 2018 – Wells – Somerset
Thu 12 April 2018 – Wells – Somerset
Thu 19 July 2018 – Wells – Somerset
  • Discover 5 vital things you must know and do when composing
  • Excellent for colour and mono photographers
  • Free copy of the ABC of CameraWork Manual worth £25
  • Great value for money + On-going email support
  • 4 Places


Introduction to The Photographic Composition Workshop

Page Contents

1 – Before The Workshop

2 – Introduction to The Learn > Grow > Express Programme

3 – Examples of Photographic Composition

4 – Photographic Composition Workshop Tutorial

5 – Picture Taking

6 – Participant Picture Reviews

7 – Learn > Grow > Express Core Content

8 – You Will Have The Opportunity To Take Pictures Like These

9 – The Photographic Composition Workshop At A Glance

10 – Is This Photographic Composition Workshop For Me?

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 subject selection and visual balance, however, there are principles not rules to be recognised.

Great Composition  = Structure + Order + Cohesiveness

The aims of composition

“A great composition helps to reveal your vision and intent. A photograph is a deliberate act of communication prepared for the viewer by the photographer.

You are the viewer’s eyes.”

Andy Beel FRPS

1 – Before The Introduction to Composition Workshop

The Workshop Manual 

When you sign up, you will be sent a free copy of the ABC of CameraWork Manual  – How to see photographically. See Chapter 1 – Introduction. This will allow you to get a handle on the idea of the ABC of Camerawork and its basic parts. On the Introduction Workshop we will be outlining the principles and not getting into the fine detail.

Warm Up Exercise

Before the workshop think about the role of the photographer and share it with the group. Try to hone your thoughts into three bullet points.

Artistic Awareness Survey

Each workshop participant will have their own reasons for signing up and aspects of photography they wish to learn or improve. The Artistic Awareness Survey will help you work out what you do and do not know about photographic seeing.

2 – Introduction To Learn > Grow > Express Programme 

A Brief Introduction To The Learn > Grow > Express (LGE) Programme

Learn > Grow > Express is a three-part learning programme leading to a designated outcome, for example an exhibition, a book, a distinction with participants designing and self-directing their programme.

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One-Day Introduction Workshops

The one-day introduction workshops are perfect for getting you into the mood and idea of the LGE concept. It is recognised that you will have very little knowledge of Learn Grow Express before you come on the introductory workshop.

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Residential Workshops

Residential workshops can last between five and eight days. Depending on the subject we will have plenty of time to go into the details. Residential workshops build on the information given in the one-day introduction and look forward to the masterclasses.

Residential Masterclasses

Masterclasses are an opportunity for you to enhance your photographic expression based on your experience on the workshops. My role as workshop leader becomes more facilitator than trainer educator.

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Beginnings and Endings 

Your chance of success is greatly increased by breaking big changes into small manageable steps. The LGE Programme provides the steps for you to create your dreams, talent, vision and style.

“Life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself”

George Bernard Shaw

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.

We will have an opportunity to look at variations of subject matter and composition to express “the strongest way of seeing” to quote Edward Weston. See the examples opposite of the variations available from the same subject “Sea of Steps” in Wells Cathedral. 

The best known picture of The Sea of Steps was taken by Fredrick Evans in 1903.

Click on the pictures to enlarge them

4 Composition Workshop Tutorial 


Five vital things you need to know about composition

1 Simple geometric shapes

2 Less is more

3 Picture elements – essentials, nice to haves and must not haves 

4 If in doubt, get closer

5 Use it or lose it

5 Picture Taking

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. Your expensive camera cannot choose your vision, intent, ideas, subject matter and the placing of the subject within the frame. These processes are all part of your role as the photographer in charge of taking and making the picture.

Your expensive camera cannot choose your vision, intent, ideas, subject matter and the placing of the subject within the frame. These processes are all part of your role as the photographer in charge of taking and making the picture.

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.

Hot Hint 

Turn OFF Framing Guidelines in your Electronic Viewfinder for a more personal compositional arrangement.

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6 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. It is important to say that this is not a competition and you are on the composition workshop to learn and update skills.

“Composition is the art of leaving things out”

Andy Beel FRPS

7 – Learn > Grow > Express Core Content

The encouraging articles below set out the key thinking behind the ABC of CameraWork method of photographic seeing.



Understanding the reason for taking a picture



Backgrounds make a picture either sing or sag



“Composition is the art of leaving things out”


Depth of Field

Depth of field is a tool for making expressive pictures



Optimum exposure allows a variety of post-processing



Accurate focusing is vital to communication a message



Gently press the shutter to avoid camera shake

8 – You Will Have The Opportunity To Take Pictures Like These

Click on the pictures below to enlarge them 

9 – 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
  • Batteries
  • Memory cards
  • Mobile phone
  • Notebook, pen
  • Wet weather gear – depending on the forecast
  • Walking boots

Additional Benefits

You may be interested in booking a session of 121 Post-processing Tuition to enable you to get the most from the Introduction to Composition Workshop.


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. After lunch, it will be more of the same suggestions, picture taking and reviews. We will end up where we started or at a point where you can make your onward journey if the location is unfamiliar to you.

Joining Instructions 

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

On-going Support

Once you become a client, part of the package is unlimited email support. If you have a question, please email me info@andybeelfrps.co.uk

10 – Is The Introduction To Photographic Composition Workshop For Me?

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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

Additional information


Thu 19 October 2017 – Wells Somerset, Thu 25 January 2018 – Wells Somerset, Thu 12 April 2018 – Wells – Somerset, Thu 19 July 2018 – Wells – Somerset


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