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Mastering the Art of Photography

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Finding Inspiration

Chris Weston

Mastering the Art of Photography

Chris Weston

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9. Finding Inspiration
Where does inspiration come from? Chris looks back at the past to discover what inspired his approach to photography, and passes on ideas about how to find inspiration in the world around us.


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7 Behind-the-scenes: Naples Duration:07:52
9 Finding Inspiration Duration:03:19
10 Slowing Down Duration:03:57
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14 WYSIWYG Duration:04:15
15 Choosing Lenses Duration:05:02
16 Perspective Duration:02:44
19 Separate And Isolate Duration:02:32
20 The Art Of Creative Exposure Duration:06:38
21 Focus On The Story Duration:04:20
22 The Passage Of Time Duration:03:00
24 Color vs. Black & White Duration:03:09
25 The Decisive Moment Duration:03:00
30 Case Study: Moody Blues Duration:03:29
31 Image Reviews Duration:03:02
33 Image Review: The Golf Course Duration:02:32
34 Image Review: Dreamstate Duration:02:38
35 Image Review: Gone Fishing Duration:02:24
36 Image Review: Promenade Duration:01:47
38 Image Review: Grass and Field Duration:02:20

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Finding Inspiration

as a young kid learning the ropes, I looked outside of just photography for inspiration. Sure, I read lots of photo magazines and books by famous photographers, which taught me a lot about cameras and technique, but hardly anything about composition. So I visited art galleries and studied the great painters to learn about color and texture. I went to cities to learn about shape through architecture, both ancient and modern, and I borrowed my dad's classical records and listen to them on my record player to learn about depth and structure. Yeah, at first I went for the experience and the enjoyment of it. Then I learned to stand back and look more analytically. I still do it today. I watch movies twice, for example, the first time because I want to see the film and I want to be entertained. The second time I go to learn how and why the film was edited the way it was. That's how I learned about composition, and much of that knowledge went into the content of part two of this series. Just ...

as importantly, I got inspired to create, and I still am. I learned that photography is about creating something new out of the moment life presents us with, and that while composition looked outwardly simple, the truly great compositions have a hidden complexity that beguiles. You'll also find that you start to notice what inspires you most by exposing yourself to different types of art. You'll learn what you like and what you don't like. I like money, for example, and I don't like Dolly. There is a style to Manet's work that resonates with me, and the more I study it, the more I recognize the artistic thread that runs through it, which has helped me to understand my own artistic demeanor form an A. For example, Light was everything. In his earlier days, he would often be found working on several paintings of the same subjects simultaneously. He'd have a dozen canvas is set up in a row and switch between them as a light change from moment to moment. That's why you often see several Manet paintings that at first glance appear much the same. But on closer inspection reveal the nuances of light. Look at these four almost identical paintings of Ruwan Cathedral. These last three were painted at the same time from the first floor of a shop on Rue Grande Pong, which is just over there. In what Money describes as an obstinate overlay of colors, he uses light to differentiate between the changing mood of the scene in this one, which he called morning effect, he adds a magenta hue and darkens the yellows. In this one, the hue is more neutral and the yellow softer. And in this one painted at dawn, the light and mood changed completely. This isn't a serene dawn, but a harsh, almost frightening one influenced, no doubt by his own frame of mind, which had turned towards depression in the face of what he considered his own failings. What I'm saying is go and look at art and different types of art as artists, and that's what we are. There's so much we can learn from the great creators of the world

Class Description


  • See images with a creative eye.
  • Capture artistic photographs of the most popular subjects.
  • Choose the right lens and camera settings for the image you want to create.
  • Recognize and capture the “decisive moment”.
  • Add visual mood and emotion to your photographs.
  • Develop your own unique photographic style.
  • Find what inspires you and apply that inspiration to your image-making.
  • Fine-tune color, tone, and visual presence with easy-to-learn Adobe Lightroom adjustments.


Once you’ve mastered basic camera craft and photo-technique, what is the next step in advancing your photographic skillset? In this in-depth course, award-winner Chris Weston shares an approach to photography that has creativity at its heart, and reveals the secrets and professional techniques that will get you creating photographs that ‘sing’.

Taking you on a step-by-step journey, from vision to print, Chris shows you how to: tap into your natural creative instincts; ‘see’ much-photographed and everyday subjects with a unique vision; set a creative intention and get the camera to capture it authentically; and, with a few simple techniques, process superb print-ready photographs. Through ‘in-the-field’ examples and inspirational case studies, he reveals the nuances of composition that can make or break a photograph, and describes the creative tools that turn snapshots into stunning photographs good enough to adorn any wall.

Delivered in an easy-to-follow, down-to-earth style, using ‘real-life’ examples and ‘live’ tuition, this course builds on the practicalities of camera technique to equip you with the creativity and vision to see, capture and process compelling photographs time after time, whatever your camera or level of experience.


  • Beginners who want to create better photographs.
  • Intermediate photographers who want to refine their image-making and be more creative.
  • All photographers looking for inspiration and creativity.
  • Outdoor photographers interested in travel, landscape/cityscape, nature, sport, and wildlife photography.



I loved this course - in particular the latter part of it in which he demonstrated how post processing lets you really tell the story of the image. Another fabulous course. Thanks Chris & thanks Creative Live.

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 photographic composition and visual storytelling) both courses are Complementing to each other and highly recommended.

Charles Ewing

Fantastic course. Great photographer, teacher and storyteller!