1 Day | 2 Hours
California Center for Digital Arts

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Photographic Composition

 Photographic Composition gives you the creative eye to make your images stand out and create the strongest images possible. Why is it that two photographers can capture the same subject, sometimes within feet of each other, and one creates a stunning photograph and the other creates a mediocre or worse? The difference—composition!

Course Description

In this hands-on course with your instructor by your side, students learn the principles of creating photographic compositional techniques and ways to apply them. This class will explore the rules and you will have an opportunity to create photographs
using the various aspects of composition.

You will learn how to make your images stand out, the focal point and what you want the main point of interest to be. Portray what you want your message to be and learn how to avoid embarrassing mistakes. This course will help you from going from a few ideas to broadening to many options. You will begin to develop a style that you like and this will become yours.  Learning the techniques, options, and choices will  help you with your style. This course is a must to becoming a good photographer.

The objective of this class to provide a foundation of knowledge of the rules
composition. You will leave with samples of the different examples of composition that
you can use as a reference.


The class is broken down into 3 one hour segments.

  • The first segment will be a lecture discussing composition and showing
    examples of both painting and photography.
  • The second segment will be hands on creating images using both good and bad composition.
  • The third segments will be a discussion of the images created in the second session.
  • Hour One:
    1. Review and discuss examples of famous works of art.
    2. Review and discuss photographic composition
    3. Discussion on good and bad examples
  • Hour Two:
    1. You will have an assignment to find examples of composition
    2. Time will set aside to take pictures to illustrate
  • Hour Three
    1. Review of the images that were created in Session Two.



  • DSLR Camera and 1 or more zoom lenses
  • Portable flash unit (recommended)
  • Tripod
  • Memory card- SD or CF
  • Note paper
  • Lots of questions


Beginner to Intermediate