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Mastering the Art of Photography

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Image Review: Promenade

Chris Weston

Mastering the Art of Photography

Chris Weston

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36. Image Review: Promenade
Chris takes a step forward to remove a foreground distraction and open up the visual journey.


Class Trailer

Class Introduction - Three Steps To Creative Photography


Firing The Creative Mind - Part 1: The Camera Points Both Ways


Firing The Creative Mind - Part 2: Letting Go Of Judgement


Firing The Creative Mind - Part 3: Detaching From Outcomes


Practicing Mindfulness In Photography


Finding The Visual Narrative


Behind-the-scenes: Naples


Seeing Beneath The Surface Of Things


Lesson Info

Image Review: Promenade

Kevin Shot Promenade reminds me of my hometown A like his use of black and white, which takes me back in time to a period when promenades lined by beach huts, as we see here, were prevalent in British holiday culture. There is very little I would necessarily change with this shot. But the main change, I would suggest, makes a big difference that Ballard is a barrier. Every time I I wants to move forward in the direction the white lines want to leave me, I stopped at the Ballard. If we could go back to the moment the image was taken, I'd have stepped forward a couple of feet, so I was in front of it, which would open up the space in front. So the eye flows through the image space unimpeded as I've attempted to replicate here by cloning out the Ballard. It's a very small adjustment in camera position, but I think it makes all the difference to the visual narrative of the image. Perhaps the other thing I would have done is wait just a moment to press the shutter. So the walker passing by ...

the benches in clear space that separation between Walker and bench just removes an element of distraction in terms of processing, I might add a bit of contrast, although that really comes down to personal taste. And I would think about a mile vignette which draws the eye in and helps lead it in the direction the composition is taking. It a great example. I think of paying a lot of attention to the small details that can add the final few percent.

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.

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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!