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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 42 of 50

Case Study - Positioning the Subject

 

Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 42 of 50

Case Study - Positioning the Subject

 

Lesson Info

Case Study - Positioning the Subject

in central Japan, about four hours northwest of Tokyo. Hidden deep in a place the name of which jego Cordani means Hell's Valley amid steep cliffs and steaming rivers. And at an altitude of 850 meters, there is a special place where a unique band of wild macaques have discovered an irresistible rest flight from the biting, cold, inviting hot springs. I love photographing these cheeky little monkeys. Their facial expressions make them ideal portrait subjects in the unusual location lends itself to more intriguing stories. How these stories unfold depends entirely on where you position the subject. In this first image, I've positioned the macaque using the rule of thirds. This opens the space to the left of the main subject, where we discover hiding under the rocks and sheltering from the snow a second macaque. So in this example, the off centre composition reveals this subplot by taking you from point A to point B. Moving to the second image. This is Mork classic portrait shot. The stor...

y doesn't go beyond the individual. Instead, we connect with him second guessing his thoughts and feelings by placing the subject centrally in the frame. I've drawn your eye to the most important aspect, which is the macaques face and eyes, and I keep you there. Your gaze remains fixed on him, so very simply, just by switching between centre and off center positioning, you can completely change the visual narrative. But this is a very simplified way of thinking about composition, to take your photographs even higher levels as another technique I want to show you. And to do that, I'm going to go to one of my favorite landscape locations.

Class Description

WARNING: THIS COURSE CONTAINS ARTISTIC NUDITY

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • 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

ABOUT CHRIS' CLASS:

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.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • Beginner photographers
  • First time DSLR or mirrorless camera users
  • Any photographer who wants to hone their artistic skills

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

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.

Reviews

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!

Sandra Johnson
 

This course is fantastic. It has got me thinking differently when it comes to how I will approach my photography. I'm looking forward to putting it into practice once Ireland comes out of lockdown!

Kanika Goela-Gupte
 

Great course. Leaned a lot. Will definitely be re-watching - so much to digest to try and put into practice.