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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 36 of 50

Light and Form


Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 36 of 50

Light and Form


Lesson Info

Light and Form

body. Escaping is a style of photography that reveals an abstract exploration of the human form. It treats the body as a landscape, and it perfectly demonstrates how choosing the right angle of light will add depth to an image. Uniforms front on lighting produces no shadows, so the subject will appear two dimensional or flat, hence the term flat lighting. Flat lighting reveals shape but not form. A similar effect occurs when a subject is photographed against the light. Backlighting creates a silhouette essentially a block of shadow. Again, it's two dimensional. We get shape, not form. To get form, we need side lighting. Side lighting creates a fusion of shadow and detail. Two dimensions become three on the human body is transformed to create depth, whether in a body escape, a landscape, a cityscape or any other subject. For that matter, you need to choose a camera angle that interweaves shadow and light now, as well as giving dimension to individual objects. Typically, we want to add d...

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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.