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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

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Case Study - Hat

Chris Weston

Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Chris Weston

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34. Case Study - Hat


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

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


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.