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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 29 of 50



Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 29 of 50



Lesson Info


pattern could be viewed in two ways. In composition, it may be defined as the Organization of Objects Photograph, in which the main visual elements positioned based on an imaginary structure will stand out is compositionally strong. In design. Pattern is defined as repeating shape or form, and in abstract sense can in itself be the subject of a photograph. This is a photograph of one of the world's largest chandeliers. It's found in the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat in Oman, and it's pretty amazing standing underneath it. I was intrigued by the patterns, and so not surprisingly, passen became the story for my photograph. I deliberately chose a square crop because it emphasises the circular formation. The contrast between the abruptness of the right angles and the smoothness of the curves, despite being very different, share perfect symmetry to create balance. And although the square format cuts into the outer circle, the guest out theory of closure ensures the mind completes the...

circle. Filling in the bits the eyes don't see radiating lines from the center of the chandelier lead outwards, taking on a journey to discover the in a pattern before reaching the outer edge on the more pronounced pattern of the outlying minarets. You might also notice the implied spiral that leads from the center point outwards. Taking on a similar will be a very different journey through the same space. The colors are subdued so as not to become overbearing. Yet they're complementary blue and orange, which helps the main pattern stand out and prevents the secondary pattern, which you see in the ceiling from overpowering the main subject. Just a final point of interest. This image was shot on my IPhone, which just goes to show is not all about the camera, 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.