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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 7 of 50

Photograph What You Love


Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 7 of 50

Photograph What You Love


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.


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.