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Mastering the Art of Photography

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The Passage Of Time

Chris Weston

Mastering the Art of Photography

Chris Weston

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22. The Passage Of Time
Most photographers know the technical role of the shutter. In this lesson, Chris looks at how to use the shutter as a creative tool.


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15 Choosing Lenses Duration:05:02
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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
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25 The Decisive Moment Duration:03:00
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Lesson Info

The Passage Of Time

when I'm photographing wildlife, I'm a big fan of using slow shutter speeds to create a sense of movement. Heard of galloping wildebeest, for example, could look very static when stopped dead by a far shutter speed. Allowing light to move across the frame as the shutter remains open, however, can give an image a much more authentic narrative. Shutter speed controls how time appears Far shutter speed freezes time revealing detail and form. A slow shutter speed blurs time to create a sense of visual motion. Now, like most things in this course, there's no right or wrong shutter speed for any given subject or set of circumstances. There's just the appropriate shutter speed. They capture the story you want to tell now to show you how you might apply this concept in the field. Let's go back to Weymouth Bay. My narrative for this image of Weymouth Bay is stillness, but I've got to see in the frame, which is moving with the tide. So there's a contradiction that I need to negate at a standard ...

mid range, just a speed. This is what the image would look like now. There's nothing particularly wrong with this image. Technically, but compositionally, it doesn't tell the story. I want to tell. What I really want to do is remove any sense of motion in the water. Now, if I set a super slow shutter speed, this is the image I get now. Image and intention are aligned. Stillness. This is what I'm doing all the time. When I'm looking through the viewfinder, I'm asking myself, How am I responding emotionally to this scene? What elements in the scene and making me feel that way and how can I use the camera to recreate those feelings for others? Asking and answering questions like this before you press the shutter is how you start to use a camera to create the image you visualize and turn a snapshot into a photograph. Shutter speed and lens aperture are your primary tools for changing the aesthetic and emotion of a photograph. Play with them. Experiment. Get to know how different settings affect the look and feel of the images you create for shutter speed. Waterfalls are a really great subject to experiment with, but if you live nowhere near a waterfall, you can achieve the same thing with a running tap. Set your camera on a tripod for stability during longer exposure times and then take several pictures at different shutter speed settings, starting with 1 1/1000 through to, let's say a second. For aperture, get a set of colored pencils, frame them in the viewfinder and focus around one third of the way into the picture space. Now take pictures from your widest setting to your narrowest setting and compare the different images for emphasis. Get to know these two controls like the back of your hand. They are the two dominant variables.

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!