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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 41 of 50

Centre of Frame


Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 41 of 50

Centre of Frame


Lesson Info

Centre of Frame

in a ruler. Third composition attention is drawn away from the main subject to the space radiating from the polar point that poses the question. What if you don't want the viewers attention toe? Wander off in this way. What if you want their attention to stay firmly fixed on the main subject? Well, to answer that question, I need a traffic cone. While the magic of television imagine looking down this cone, your gaze is directed to a single point and is blocked from wandering any further. And this is exactly what happens when you position your main subject in the center of the frame. By changing the composition from roller furs to the center, the eye is drawn to the White House and is held there. Positioning your subject in the center of the frame isolates it from the background. It brings to prominence whatever is in the middle of the frame and de emphasizes everything else, for this reason, is widely used in portraiture to emphasize facial features. The downside to center positioning ...

is it creates a rather static composition, but sometimes that's okay. Not all images have to evoke dynamic movement all of the time at a very simple level. Subject placement could be broken down into center and off center. In reality, though, it's far more complex. And so in less and six After the following case study, I reveal a technique that will take your photography toe a whole new level. 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.