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Learn creative camera composition skills with our photography short courses in Sydney!

Once you have mastered the basics of your camera's settings and functions you will need to learn the creative tools integral to the photographic language. Colour, light, contrast, balance, rhythm, movement, and the elements of design are the building blocks photographers use to draw out the beauty in a subject and bring their creative vision to life. This creative Photography course opens your world beyond the point and shoot and begins your journey to developing your own individual style, teaching you the concepts and rules first and how and when to break them.

This creative photography course will help you to become more deliberate and considered with your choices when approaching a shot, and begin to think more as a professional photographer would. If you want to learn to create images with real impact then this creative photography course is for you!

Learning outcomes

By the end of this photo composition course, you should be able to:

  • understand the role of creativity and imagination in the composition of photographs
  • study the work of leading photographers, their styles, techniques and creative approach
  • make effective decisions that balance technical, creative & practical choices
  • understand the use of line, shape, colour, movement, repetition, texture scale & value in the composition of photographic images
  • understand cropping, framing, simplification, counterpoint, juxtaposition in the composition of photographic images.

Who is this photo composition course for?

This photography course is for anyone who has completed Photography Course for Beginners or an equivalent course. Special consideration can be given to students who feel they meet the requirements, please see the learning outcomes of Photography Course for Beginners. You should take a particular interest if you have are looking to focus on taking better-composed images that communicate more.

What will be covered in this photo composition course?

Week 1: Design principles

  • Visual weight
  • Contrast & Balance
  • Harmony & Unity
  • Variety
  • Repetition, Rhythm & Movement
  • Emphasis
  • Gradation
  • 3D Form & Shading
  • Practical shoot

Week 2: Design elements

  • Lines & Dynamic Diagonals
  • Triangles / 3 points of interest
  • Curves & Shapes
  • Patterns
  • Textures
  • Colour, Value & Luminance
  • Practical shoot

Week 3: Design considerations

  • Space, Proximity & Density
  • Positive & Negative Space
  • Scale & Proportion
  • Rules of Thirds & Odds
  • Contextualising backgrounds
  • Practical shoot

Week 4: Image capture

  • Camera Positioning & Elevation
  • Shoot angle
  • Point of view
  • Framing
  • Edge of the frame
  • Simplification & Cropping
  • Practical shoot

Week 5: Photographer processes

  • Shoot attitude & planning
  • Approach & behaviours
  • Scene visualisation
  • Post-production cropping
  • Post-production photo editing
  • Practical shoot

What to bring to class

  • Digital SLR Camera + lens
  • SD Card with a minimum of 8GB of memory
  • 1 fully charged camera battery
  • Tripod or monopod is helpful but not a requirement

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Photography Course: Composition Skills

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Photography Course: Composition Skills

Great reasons to enrol in a short course with us

Small classes

A personal approach means quality learning, so you can enjoy plenty of interaction with your instructor and the chance to ask questions.

Short & sweet

Our short courses & workshops get straight to the point, providing the skills you need with minimal commitment of your precious time.

Facilities & equipment

Our range of venues suit every type of course, are easy to get to, and have the equipment and tech needed to support your learning.

Easy, secure enrolment

Enrol online 24/7 with a safe, convenient 3-step process, and you can change your mind up to 7 days before class starts.

Quality instructors

Our educators bring first-hand experience and knowledge, with up-to-the-minute practices from diverse industries.

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Our courses help you rapidly increase your skills and knowledge, for professional development or personal interest.

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Course testimonials:

  • said: I enjoyed most the practicality of the course, richly illustrated by works of many photographers. Very good lasting value!

  • said: Great course and well executed.

  • said: The tutor’s expertise, knowledge and humour was great. His encouragement was fantastic and inspiring. He used examples of his own work, which was necessary and awesome to model good practice.

  • said: Overall the course helped me to look at my world differently. It brought my photography skills to a whole new level.

  • said: I enjoyed the course simply for what it was. A more theoretical approach to photographic technique. It achieved what I wanted it to in terms of improving the way I go about taking photos

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