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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 10 of 50

See With a Child’s Eyes


Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 10 of 50

See With a Child’s Eyes


Lesson Info

See With a Child’s Eyes

This is my first ever camera. I remember the day I was given it Christmas Day, 1977. I grew up in Boston, not Boston, Massachusetts, but Boston, England, a tough place for a kid with imagination. And that's where this saved me. With this in my hand, I became a great explorer. I was no longer Chris Western, the 10 year old Lincoln sheer schoolboy. I was my hero, Shackleton and Scott Columbus and Marco Polo. I was amazed at the hidden objects. I found old railway lines, gantries, dilapidated boats, things that until that first camera have been invisible to me, even though I walk past them almost every day. With this in my hand, I saw a new world, a world full of details, lines, shapes, colors, patterns and textures, a world seen through the eyes of a child. Picasso once said it took him four years to learn to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to learn to paint like a child. But I think he meant by this was it took him a short time to learn the skills of painting, just as it shouldn't ta...

ke long to master camera technique. They took very many years for him to discard his familiar perception of reality and rediscover the primal, childlike vision that enabled him to see the world in a unique way and paint such iconic pieces as Demoiselles d. Avignon as adults. The knowledge and experience we build up over time. Our culture believes prejudices and fears combined to tell us what is safe. But Children see a different world unencumbered by knowledge and not held back by experience. Children a curious and creative. To a child, a puddle is a playground for her. Last birthday, I gave my daughter, Holly an instant camera, and I brought it down here for the coast. I was amazed at the pictures. He talk not for their technical excellence but the powers of observation and delight and self expression that they revealed. Now, today, when I get a new camera, I no longer think of myself as a great explorers. I did when I was 10. But why shouldn't I? And why shouldn't you? Exploration isn't just about seeking out. What's undiscovered is about discovering new ways of seeing all things. Don't let what you know, dictate what you photograph, disengaged from judgment and see the world, not for what you think it is, but for what it might be if you could see through the eyes and mind of a child.

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.