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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 2 of 50

Camera Gear


Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 2 of 50

Camera Gear


Lesson Info

Camera Gear

before I talk about what you'll need to get the most out of this course, I want to say what you won't need. You don't need an expensive camera or a pallet load of gear. Think of a type of camera I've probably used it on. What I've learned is there's no real difference between a camera like this on the very latest in digital wizardry. And that's because on any camera, there are just too controls that changed the look and feel and mood of a photograph lens, aperture and shutter speed. The shutter determines how you depict motion lens. Aperture controls depth of field, which in turn controls emphasis or those other buttons, dials and switches. Well, they're just peripheral there to make certain tasks easier. And what about lenses? When I first started out, only had a 50 mil standard lens, and that was a case for a couple of years until I could afford another lens. Now I didn't know it at the time, but those two years were formative in my understanding of composition and perspective. Now, ...

today I do use a range of zoom lenses from wide angle to super telephoto, but different focal length simply mean more flexibility. When it comes to composing an image, you don't necessarily have to stuff your kitbag with them. In fact, I think sometimes too many lenses simply confuses the issue. Because you spend so long deciding which lends to use, you end up missing the moment. Now none of this is to belittle the role of the camera or undermine the need to learn how to use a camera instinctively. But if your eyes aren't on the subject on your mind isn't on the moment because you're thinking about camera settings on equipment choices, then you're in the wrong place creatively. What I'm saying is, is not not about the camera is just know all about the camera. There's a lot more to photography than that. My photography is based on a simple philosophy I borrowed from ancient Japanese artists called Hand I Heart in photography. The hand is camera technique, the subject of part one of this course, the eyes. What this course is all about composition, how to design a photographic image, using elements of design, light and perspective to tell your visual story in the very best way you can. The heart well that's all about you and the creative idea, which is where the photographic journey begins. Because that's the secret. You are the most important element of any photograph. How you see the world, your perspective on life, your life experiences, your thoughts, your feelings, your reason for being your wine are all reflected in the images you make photographer your self expression, and that's the reason it's such an intimate, rewarding pursuit. So don't worry if you don't own the latest camera. Don't fret if you have just a single lens. And don't concern yourself if you can fit all the gear you own into a waist pouch. The most important piece of equipment you carry with you always they are your hands, your eyes and your heart.

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.


Silvia Garcia

Excellent ! Will see it many times to digest all the messages here. Important info on composition theory. Very well explained. Go to the essence of photography. Thanks, Chris !

a Creativelive Student

Absolute must to watch! Perhaps few times, as is packed with all the information you need to know to make your photography to the next level. I think it is the most comprehensive class on composition. Fantastic!


fabulous course no matter how advanced you are.. LEarned so much from it. I'll watch it again as it contains so much.