Skip to main content

Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 9 of 50

Have an Opinion


Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 9 of 50

Have an Opinion


Lesson Info

Have an Opinion

What's your opinion on global warming? What are your thoughts on world politics? How do you feel about immigration and the refugee crisis? The greatest photographers in history have all had an opinion, and they use their photographs to inform the world with the aim of provoking action on debate. Ansel Adams, as well as being a highly accomplished photographer, was an environmental activist long before global warming was a household phrase andan the early part of the 20th century. It was his black and white landscapes of the American West that ultimately led to the expansion of the national park system in the US Dorothea Lange was a humanist who famously documented the Great Depression and humanized its consequences. Toe. A generation of Americans on did influence the global development of documentary photography. Robert Capa. Another example. He was a political activist who his unique style brought the tragedy of war on the plight of repressed people to life. The millions of people aro...

und the world being a photographer is to be someone who has a point of view. Someone who doesn't conform for conformity is sake. And no, it isn't afraid to lift their head above the parapet. and get shot at once in a while, figuratively speaking, although in Captures case sometimes literally all three of these photographers the story transcended photographic technique. Capas book is even subtitled slightly out of focus. For them. The image wasn't about focus and exposure. It was about soul, it said. A picture speaks 1000 words. Think what it is you want to say. Consider your opinion on Make that your photograph.

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.