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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 33 of 50

Case Study - Cove


Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 33 of 50

Case Study - Cove


Lesson Info

Case Study - Cove

I love this scene. It incorporates everything I've just been talking about. All the main principles of gestalt theory are right here. This is Manna War Cove in the Jurassic Coast, and I photographed it many times. And of all the images I've shot, this one is my favorite. To get this image, I came very late. One night when the moon was full. I sat here with cameras set up on a tripod. I was using a long exposure time around half on hour with an aperture of F eight. Now that's the techie stuff, so let's get to the composition. The white serve, which is a result of the long exposure, creates half of the figure of eight, but only half the complete shape rely on closure. That's the first cast out principle. One, the bottom of the figure of eight shape is formed of repeating patterns. Also there because of the long exposure which create a sense of unity through similarity to the group of rocks in the center of the bay. We perceive as a whole because of their proximity. Three. That diagonal l...

ines, which have both explicit and implied or lead to this group of rocks, which gives us continuance for and finally, to clarify the journey's end. The group of rocks former figure against the lighter background of seawater figure and ground five. So now you can see the subliminal messages in the composition that, while complex, at a unified structure that makes the scene easy to read in the viewer's mind, 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.


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.