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Mastering the Art of Photography

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Chris Weston

Mastering the Art of Photography

Chris Weston

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16. Perspective
Chris takes on the challenge of capturing an image he’s long had in mind to show the benefit of looking at the world from a different perspective.


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10 Slowing Down Duration:03:57
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14 WYSIWYG Duration:04:15
15 Choosing Lenses Duration:05:02
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20 The Art Of Creative Exposure Duration:06:38
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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
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Lesson Info


So let's talk about perspective. With high quality zoom lenses, Perspective is easily forgotten about so much easier to zoom in and out rather than change. Camera position is also more natural to take photographs standing up, so the majority of pictures are taken from this perspective roughly somewhere between five and 6 ft off the ground. The problem with this approach is if an image is shot from an obvious viewpoint from, let's say, a standing position, the perspective the camera records is familiar. Essentially, it's the same perspective anyone would have, so the resulting image won't necessarily reveal anything new. What helps turn a snapshot into a photograph is when we reveal aspects of life people don't normally see. That's why underwater and aerial photography are almost always compelling because we rarely perceive those worlds. So perspective is this fantastic compositional tool, and the reason I'm standing here is to show you what a difference it can make to your photography.

I'm in Weymouth, my hometown. I live just over there, and the image I'm working on, I've been meaning to take for a few months now. Of course, I've never gotten around to it because it's on my doorstep literally and who photographs anything on their own doorstep, right? My vision is to create an image that captures the sense of stillness. I feel on days like this, when the light is as soft as clouds and the mist is cloaking the distant horizon. It's a scene I have witnessed many times when I've stepped out for an early morning walk on the beach. Now this is the easiest standpoint for this shot. I can zoom in to frame my scene, and this is the image I get. But it's not the shot I want for the shot I want. I need to change my perspective. I've come right down to the shoreline, and that's going to allow me to use a wider lens. Now, the importance of the wide lenses it creates a sense of openness and space, and that's a critical edition to my visual narrative. Also, it means I can get down much lower to change camera angle, which for this shot is important because I want the horizon line to run perfectly into the line between the pier and the sea. So this is my considered shot, and when we compare it with the original, There is a marked difference in visual impact. The original is a snapshot. This is a photograph, camera, position, angle and choice of lens are what create perspective and perspective is a vital tool in creating compelling images that reveal hidden stories about the world around us. And that's what makes photographs stand out from the crowd. Now go away so I can get back up without losing my dignity.

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!