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Composition-Beyond the Rule of Thirds

with Chris Knight

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  •   03 Guides - Center Composition

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  •   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?

    06:16
  2. 02

    Composition Basics

    11:09
  3. 03

    Guides - Center Composition

    05:07
  4. 04

    The Rule of Thirds

    04:26
  5. 05

    Golden Triangles

    05:17
  6. 06

    Golden Ratio/Rectangles/Spiral

    09:37
  7. 07

    Diagonals

    08:51
  8. 08

    Lesser Known Compositions

    02:42
  9. 09

    Frame Within a Frame

    03:41
  10. 10

    Visual Theories

    13:55
  11. 11

    Symmetry, Balance and Similarity

    03:20
  12. 12

    Continuity

    02:13
  13. 13

    The Concept of Closure

    07:37

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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  • MikeD

    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.

  • Margaret Lovell

    Margaret Lovell

    July 2018

    Chris provided many useful tips on improving composition. I thought that I had a good handle on it, but there are things I learned to make my photography even better. I would have paid for the course if it had just been about visual theories because I love learning about theory.

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