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Mastering the Art of Photography

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Image Review: The Golf Course

Chris Weston

Mastering the Art of Photography

Chris Weston

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33. Image Review: The Golf Course
Chris shows how to use the vertical format to identify and isolate the main element in a “busy” scene.


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: The Golf Course

this image was presented by another TCP student, Tony Asprey. Thanks Tony, and has taken early doors at his local golf course. And it certainly looked a morning for photography rather than golf, Great sunrise, lovely colors and really nice reflections looking at the scene. Overall, it's the main tree and its reflection that grabs my attention. But they get lost amongst all the other information in the scene, like the patch of ground in the bottom left corner, the trees on the right of frame and their reflections as it's composed here. It's a nice view, but I'm missing a point of interest. A central story. My suggestion here would have been to frame more tightly on what I think is the strongest element, the center tree. Now, with the tree being a vertical shape, I would have used a vertical frame format, as I talked about in less than two of module four shot in the horizontal format. The ice starts on the left and travels across the frame past the tree and onto the far right. In a verti...

cal format, however, the ice starts at the bottom of the frame. It takes in the foreground interest and the reflection before arriving at the main subject, the tree. It's a much stronger visual narrative as a vertical image. Also, if I could go back to the scene and shoot it again, I would have moved camera position around to the left a little just to create some separation between the left, most branch of the foreground tree and the top branches of the tree in the background. And that would have helped isolate that main subject from the background. And given the whole scene a bit more depth on the processing front, I wouldn't have changed too much here. I've just lifted the exposure a little by lifting both the light gray tones and the shadows. I've added contrast by the texture slider and given the top of the frame a bit of visual weight just to help keep the eye in the picture space. And I've done that using a very mild graduated filter in light room. This is a great example. I think of making sure you start the picture taking process, knowing what the story is from the outset, which then determines how you set about capturing that story in camera

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!