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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 18 of 50



Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 18 of 50



Lesson Info


The second thing a photograph needs is relevance. Now this one's a little trickier because it's subjective. What's relevant to one person isn't necessarily relevant to another. The rock star Elton John, for example, is a collector who buys a lot of photographs. But his selection criteria is very different to that of, say, an ad. Execs who is choosing images for Ah Holiday brochure, similarly was relevant to a picture editor at National Geographic magazine or a national newspaper won't be the same as what's relevant to a competition judge. If you're shooting commercially or with a specific target, such as a competition in mind, you have to think about what's going to appeal to that market. Of course, if you're shooting for yourself than the subject only has to be relevant to you your feelings and your emotions. But it still has to be relevant.

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.


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!

Sandra Johnson

This course is fantastic. It has got me thinking differently when it comes to how I will approach my photography. I'm looking forward to putting it into practice once Ireland comes out of lockdown!

Kanika Goela-Gupte

Great course. Leaned a lot. Will definitely be re-watching - so much to digest to try and put into practice.