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Composition Practice

Lesson 18 from: iPhone Photography & Mobile Photography

Philip Ebiner

Composition Practice

Lesson 18 from: iPhone Photography & Mobile Photography

Philip Ebiner

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18. Composition Practice


Class Trailer

Course Introduction


Welcome to Class


Why Are Smartphone Cameras Awesome?


The Course Challenge: Capture Your Day in 5 Photos


Camera Basics for Mobile & Smartphone Photography


Intro to Camera Basics




Focal Length


Lesson Info

Composition Practice

All right. So we're out in the field just taking some photos. We got golden hour, nice lighting. Um We got the Manhattan Beach Pier here, which is a fun thing because there's lots of lines, there's people around and I just want to talk about some different composition techniques. Now we talked about rule of thirds earlier. So just to set up sort of what that would look like. So right there, the pier is pretty much straight in the middle. So if I want rule of thirds, I move a little bit up. I put, you know, the sky in the, you know, top two thirds and the pier in the lower third or I do less sky. So the top third is the sky, the middle third is the pier and then the bottom third is the sand. So we're gonna wait for these people. It's kind of cool to get them in there. Let's do one with more sky, having them right in the middle there, it's go more telephoto to really like hone in on that, go and wait for these people to come in cool. So there's a couple of photos of people within the rul...

e of thirds, we have the pier and so the middle third sky above and san below. So now let's play with some other composition techniques like negative space. Now, we have some clouds in the sky but really mostly blue skies. So we'll go really extreme here. I'm in the wide and gold lens setting. So I'm getting a really wide field of view. We're just going to go super wide and have tons of negative space up above. And it just adds a sort of sense of, you know, when you have pretty skies, it fills in that negative space a little bit, but your subjects are sort of small on screen. It's just, it's kind of a pleasing thing to look at. So again, here we have this leading line that's taking you to the sun, but lots of negative space up overhead. Now, finally, let's play with some more telephoto again, within composition, finding lines that sort of lead your viewer's eye to a specific subject, the suns at the end of the pier right now. So it's a nice leading line to have in your frame. But do you put that at the bottom of the frame? Do you put it at the top of the frame? You know, there's really this way, it's a bit more in the middle. It's a nice composition. It feels like it feels, I don't know, nice to look at, there's nothing too extreme. But if we tilt up a little bit more. Maybe I'm going to get a little bit lower. It looks nice to have that, you know, a little bit more sky above, up above the piers filling the bottom of the frame. It's just a nice composition in that sense. Now, how lighting plays into this, what lenses you use? These are all tools for composition, but really, it's just paying attention to what, what is around you and how you line that up within your frame. So it's kind of fun to be out here. There's just some like fun people watching and you know, you have this nice lighting right now, beautiful sky a lot to play with. But those are just some tips to think about when you're out in the field. You know, just because you see something and you go up and it looks nice, right? Like that, you know, getting a little bit lower playing with vertical and what I always like to do when thinking of composition is look at your entire frame. Yes, there's the sun and the pier. Those are the main subjects. But what else is in the frame? What else is not in the frame? Is there anything else I could throw in there that would add to that composition?

Ratings and Reviews


Definitely geared to beginners, but the class has a lot of good information. As an advanced camera photographer still trying to get to know my phone camera better, I learned a few things I didn't know (like you can use portrait mode for selfies, what hyper lapse is and the VSCO app). Nice job!


Good course for everyone starting out and needed to have some more basic info beyond the common snap shot. I had wished for more info on using mobile in the more professional field like when switching from camera to mobile. Additional lenses and flashes and things like that. But this course was obviously not targeted at this. So overall still a nice brush up.


Great class. Well organized and clearly presented. Would be very good for beginners and mid level users. highly recommend.

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