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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

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Be a Storyteller

Chris Weston

Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Chris Weston

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4. Be a Storyteller


Class Trailer
1 Your 10,001st Photograph 03:24 2 Camera Gear 03:03 3 Piece of Gear We Always Forget 03:47 4 Be a Storyteller 03:09 5 Finding Ideas For Photography - Know Your Subject 06:59 6 Cae Study - Why Are Zebras Black and White Striped 01:30 7 Photograph What You Love 02:00 8 See the Extraordinary in Ordinary Things 01:31

Lesson Info

Be a Storyteller

that will make it storytelling, According to Yuval Noah Harari, the author of the book SAPIENs is What Talkers? From an insignificant species to the very top of the food chain. He says that the large scale cooperation that has made us masters of our domain is driven by our belief in stories. In that sense, he concludes, artists and storytellers run the world. We. A storyteller's photography is storytelling. An iconic photograph provokes thought. It raises intriguing compels action. It elicits an emotional response. It makes us laugh or cry, and it invites us to question who we are and what part we want to play. In this 4.5 1,000,000, year old story we call Planet Earth, the camera is out. All just is a pen marks a sheet of paper with ink or brushstrokes paint on the canvas with a camera, we draw a light on a digital sensor or a piece of film. How we draw well. That's composition, where we place our subject in the frame, how we relate that subject with the foreground and background, our...

use of light and aesthetics and our choice of perspective. These are the elements that set the tone and mood of our photograph and give our stories structure in the middle of it all. Is you the photographer, the storyteller country to popular belief. The secret of a stunning photograph is not technical perfection is authenticity. Attack shop Perfectly exposed, brilliantly composed Image is nothing without soul, great photographs of the fruit of a deep and passionate connection between artist and subject. They aren't critical reproductions of objects and scenery, but genuine reflections of the person standing behind the camera. You. The photographs we take must be true to who we really are. On the reflection of the deep seated, often hidden emotions that define us. Photography is perspective. Your perspective. The camera is simply a tool that enables you to craft a viewpoint on paper that mirrors a point of view in your mind. The camera and you are one in the same when the camera is part of you, when technique and control become instinctive, that's when the magic happens. If the camera is our tool, composition is our language. Where you stand the angles, you choose your choice of lens and exposure settings, the objects you include and those you leave out, how we deploy the elements of design, line, shape, color, pattern and texture. Your use of light and shadow your point of focus. These are the building blocks with which you materialize your story, how well you use them will determine the greatness of your photographs, and that is what this course is all about.

Class Description



  • Compose a shot consistently and effectively
  • Create artistic, powerful images quickly
  • Gain confidence in building narrative
  • Identify what stories you’re drawn to photograph
  • Brainstorm and develop concepts for creative shots
  • Trust your instincts when approaching a subject


CreativeLive is partnering with Chris Weston to offer you his Complete Photography Master Course. This is the second class in the series.

Today, everybody has a camera, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s a photographer. Chris Weston will show you how to do all the other stuff – how to “see” an image, tap into your creativity, and compose a photograph that makes the subject look as good in print as it does in real life.

This class isn’t about cameras, it’s about you – the photographer. It will break free your creative mind, get you thinking about narrative rather than object, and show you how to apply simple artistic skills that turn that next click into a powerful photograph.

Learn how to approach photography like a pro and start creating great pictures straight away. With in-the-field lessons, case studies and powerful tips and techniques, you’ll quickly unleash your creativity and gain confidence in expressing yourself through your camera.


  • Beginner photographers
  • First time DSLR or mirrorless camera users
  • Any photographer who wants to hone their artistic skills


Named one of the world's most influential wildlife photographers, Chris Weston takes a contemporary approach to photography. After launching his career in 2001, the Fujifilm ambassador's images have graced the pages of top publications like BBC, The Times, Outdoor Photography, Practical Photography, and Digital Photography. As a photography educator, Chris has written over 20 photography books, along with leading photo tours and online workshops.


Edmund Cheung

Perhaps the style of presentation and simple, short, and direct messaging does not "jive" with some; but others may really love this. Yes the production of each episode is stylized and perhaps a bit formal (like a TV Show?), but there is something to be said about it. Perhaps this is not meant for professional photographers? I think of myself as decent amateur / high level photographer. I found lots of great nuggets of wisdom and inspiration from this. Especially when I an in a rut for creativity. Yes I have heard all these concepts and ideas before. BUT it is always great to hear and see a different way of presentation and voice. Please do NOT take the naysayer reviews as the end all. You should judge for yourself and watch a few episodes. If the style and content click for you, I would highly recommend this course.

Kai Atherton

While I am perhaps more advanced in my photography then this course. It is always great to be able to go back to fundamentals and remind ourselves of the basic principles, and even camera function. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and Chris's other. It is a great motivational jumpstart when lacking fresh creative idea's.

Abdullah Alahmari

Thanks a lot to mr. Chris Weston This course is great and It is a 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 course for me. Beside the other course ( mastering the art of photography ) both courses are Complementing to each other and highly recommended.