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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

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Case Study - Color

Chris Weston

Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Chris Weston

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27. Case Study - Color


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

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Case Study - Color

on the island of Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. There's a forest, nothing particularly unusual about that. But this is an oddly curious forest because it's formed of what can only be described as painted eucalyptus trees. And this unusual effect occurs when the outer bark peels away, revealing a vibrant green layer underneath. Then, over time, the green fades to blue, purple, pink, orange, red and maroon on because different layers peel at different times, each tree reveals a rainbow like palette of colors, quite literally. Looks like money visited, went riot with paintbrush. Now being a big fan of Monet, that became my story. I wasn't there to photograph trees. I was there to photograph color. Now, as you can see from the picture, the vivid description doesn't completely play out for riel. Most of the time, the colors are quite muted. So to get the image I envisioned, I use my knowledge of color to seek out an individual tree where red and green were predominant, red and green, a compl...

ementary colors sitting opposite each other on the color wheel. When position together, one enhances the vibrancy of the other, or, in other words, they complement each other. Furthermore, because red has a longer wavelength and green, which means our eyes see red fractionally before they see green together, they form visual depth. Now, to add to my story of Monet, I wanted to create an effective impressionistic brush strokes. So to achieve this, I decided to add movement, setting a slow shutter speed of a second and holding the camera vertically. I pan from top to bottom. The technique caused the strips of color to merge and grow. Giving me the effect I planned on artwork that looks more like an impression is painting than a photograph, No.

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.