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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 34 of 50

Case Study - Hat


Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 34 of 50

Case Study - Hat


Lesson Info

Case Study - Hat

because gestalt theory is a particularly complex subject to get your head around. I want to end this module on a hat or a picture of that, to be more precise. This quirky images, far more abstract than the man of war landscape in the previous lesson but is equally reliant on the five pissed out principles. The framed photograph in the hat form the figure against a cityscape background, which also creates a context for the story figure and ground one. In the framed photograph, the closeness of the man on woman creates proximity to they're wearing the same style of clothing, which creates unity. Perhaps they're a couple close colleagues from which we get similarity. Three. The hat is separate outside of this unity appoint enhance by the start color, however, the woman's gays leads us to it continuance for and finally we begin to wonder who is the person in the colored hat, you become engaged, imagining all sorts of possibilities. Is it a shady man loitering in the shadow of the night? Is...

it an elegant lady rushing home laden with shopping from the cut your store? Is it a flamboyant city work on his way to a bar or a jazz musician, perhaps bus king on the city streets. My story becomes our stories. You fill in the blank closure. Five. There are some photographs that when you look at them, just seem to work. You don't necessarily know the reason they just do, and I'll pretty much guarantee if you deconstruct those images in the same way I've just done with the Hat and the Man of War Cove. Previously, you'll find underneath, holding up the visual story of the five main principles of just out. It may be complex, but it works, and that's the reason it's such an important part of composition, I don't know.

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


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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.

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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.