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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 23 of 50

Elements of Design


Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 23 of 50

Elements of Design


Lesson Info

Elements of Design

As you can see, I'm not actually in Marrakech, which is a shame. But anyway, take a look at this image. What do you see to a casual observer? It's a building, one more informed but still casual observer. It's a building associated with Muslim culture. For the slightly more observant, the flaking paint and water stains tell you it hasn't been renovated recently. Toe a photographer, however, is an object formed of the five elements of design, line, shape, color, pattern and texture. The building is in the main center of Marrakech. On when I walk past it. Of all the elements, line stood out, particularly the curved line of the main arch, which is created by the contrast of the white wall in the area of shadow. What I saw in that line was a stalk of grass spent over in the wind. Some might see a sickle. Others will see their own story to photograph my story. I framed the image to remove the windows, which were a distraction because they give the structure a context at odds with my abstract...

interpretation. Then to get rid of the texture of the wall, which again gives an unwanted context. I overexposed the light tones and then dark in the shadows in adobe light room. In the final image, we're left with abstract contrast ing lines. The vertical line gives the image strength and solidity, and it creates a boundary fixing the left side of the image space. The curved line is more delicate, representing the subtle arching of my imaginary lyft. 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.