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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 7 of 50

Photograph What You Love

Chris Weston

Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Chris Weston

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7. Photograph What You Love


Class Trailer
1 Your 10,001st Photograph 03:24 2 Camera Gear 03:03 3 Piece of Gear We Always Forget 03:47 4 Be a Storyteller 03:09 5 Finding Ideas For Photography - Know Your Subject 06:59 6 Cae Study - Why Are Zebras Black and White Striped 01:30 7 Photograph What You Love 02:00 8 See the Extraordinary in Ordinary Things 01:31

Lesson Info

Photograph What You Love

the first book I ever wrote was called Double Vision is based on the premise. If you put two photographers in the same place at the same time, they'll take two completely different pictures. Working with a colleague, we talk 50 different subjects and each photograph them in our own way. One of the subjects with cliffs, the project was almost complete. We were running against deadline, but holding everything up with my image of a cliff. However hard I tried, I couldn't get a single photograph. I felt happy with what was even more ridiculous was at the time. I live close to here. The Jurassic Coast, which, let's face it, is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in England. I was thinking about the irony of this when it struck me. The reason I couldn't get a suitable image of a cliff was I don't like cliffs. I see cliffs is a barrier to inland and sea. To me, they're a block, a obstacle, a great big monstrosity standing to in the beauty of the earth in the ocean. And once I got...

my head around that fact, I went out and shot What for me was the perfect image of a cliff. Now, unlike my colleague, who likes cliffs, my images full of dark shadows, contrast spikes and jagged edges visual elements we associate with disharmony and negative emotion, but in which I found beauty. You have to love what you photograph, even if that love manifest from negativity. Beauty is not found in the subject like a Shakespeare play. Beauty is what you create after tragedy, disharmony, chaos or emotion in love and hate. You find passion and passion is what drives us. There's no passion in indifference. There's no passion in conformity. You have a fine passion verbally sitting on a fence. If you have nothing impassioned to say about a subject, don't photograph it, find something you love or hate and photograph that instead.

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.


Edmund Cheung

Perhaps the style of presentation and simple, short, and direct messaging does not "jive" with some; but others may really love this. Yes the production of each episode is stylized and perhaps a bit formal (like a TV Show?), but there is something to be said about it. Perhaps this is not meant for professional photographers? I think of myself as decent amateur / high level photographer. I found lots of great nuggets of wisdom and inspiration from this. Especially when I an in a rut for creativity. Yes I have heard all these concepts and ideas before. BUT it is always great to hear and see a different way of presentation and voice. Please do NOT take the naysayer reviews as the end all. You should judge for yourself and watch a few episodes. If the style and content click for you, I would highly recommend this course.

Kai Atherton

While I am perhaps more advanced in my photography then this course. It is always great to be able to go back to fundamentals and remind ourselves of the basic principles, and even camera function. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and Chris's other. It is a great motivational jumpstart when lacking fresh creative idea's.

Abdullah Alahmari

Thanks a lot to mr. Chris Weston This course is great and It is a 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 course for me. Beside the other course ( mastering the art of photography ) both courses are Complementing to each other and highly recommended.