Composition in Photography
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Learn and practice the principles of visual composition to create compelling photographic images.
Photographers and all visual artists strive to create powerful images and compositions that communicate ideas and feelings to viewers. When we create or analyze photographs it is sometimes difficult for us to explain why one image speaks out to us while we can simply glance at another and forget about it moments later.
In this workshop with Leanne Hansen, we will explore and practice the principles of visual elements of design in our photography so that we are prepared for our next “great shot”.
Our classroom discussions will center around visual design elements of photography and the ways that artists apply design principles to create memorable images.
* In our first class session, we will explore the meaning and use of basic design elements including value, color, texture, shape, and line. In our second class meeting, we will examine the ways we can use design principles like rhythm, contrast, and balance in our own work to create compelling and well-composed images. We will look closely at historical and contemporary photography, painting, and drawing to understand how visual artists plan for the successful elements of design within a frame.
* In two field sessions, we will apply the ideas we have learned as we frame pictures in natural and urban settings. A self-assignment will help you expand upon the skills you have acquired in class and field sessions.
* Thoughtful print critiques in the studio will round out our study and help students to see new possibilities for their photography practice.
* The final classroom session will center around print critiques from your individual assignment.
Although there are no rules in art, there are infinite ways to combine the elements and principles of visual design to create compelling images that reflect your personal vision.
401 Miller Ave., Suite A, Mill Valley, CA 94941