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Composition-Beyond the Rule of Thirds

with Chris Knight

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  •   03 Guides - Center Composition

  •   09 Frame Within a Frame


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About The Class

Creative balance in your photos

You know the basics of composition – now take it to the next level. Good composition is more than following a strict set of rules and guidelines. In fact, those very things can stifle your creativity and make your work fade into the pack of other photographers. In this class, Chris Knight shows you that there is more to composition than a few lines – it’s about creating balance in an image. He’ll introduce the Gestalt Principle and encourage you to look beyond the rule of thirds and utilize contrast, leading lines and more for interesting and dynamic images.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction: What are you going to learn?

  2. 02

    Composition Basics

  3. 03

    Guides - Center Composition

  4. 04

    The Rule of Thirds

  5. 05

    Golden Triangles

  6. 06

    Golden Ratio/Rectangles/Spiral

  7. 07


  8. 08

    Lesser Known Compositions

  9. 09

    Frame Within a Frame

  10. 10

    Visual Theories

  11. 11

    Symmetry, Balance and Similarity

  12. 12


  13. 13

    The Concept of Closure


Meet Your Expert

Chris Knight

Chris Knight was born in Wiesbaden, Germany and grew up in Florida. He combines his unconditional love of art history with his love of technology, topping it off with a flare for the cinematic and an uncompromising eye for light and detail ... read more

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  • Sara C. Madsen

    November 2019

    Fantastic class, one of the best I've seen so far on Creative Live. The amount of information Chris manages to squeeze in such a short time is simply impressive. Extremely useful, not just for photographers, but for everyone who engages in visual arts. Warmly recommended.

  • MikeD


    October 2017

    I have to say, perhaps if you are an academic or a college trained photographer/artist/painter etc., this may be old hat to you. However, if you are like me and have never been exposed to definitions and descriptions of composition, this was a shock-and-awe inspiring reveal of these artistic concepts. I can guarantee I will watch these over and over again while I try to absorb even a little of this material, but Creative Live could make an all day class of this guy explaining this material. material he quite obviously loves and uses and his passion for the subject matter is very obvious. This class is making me consider a trip back to the campus to get more information on this subject. Quick, contract Chris Knight to develop a whole class before I end up in college!!! Highly recommend this class.

  • Matthew De Moraes

    Matthew De Moraes

    May 2018

    Really useful tips and tricks to improve your understanding of composition and why you like the images you like - which you can then use to further your own ability to take great images in camera.

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