A Cheater's Guide to Photographic Composition

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Those of you who have taken my "how to use your dSLR like a Pro" class have asked about a composition course. It's finally here, or at least in pilot form.

Art schools will tell you that "teaching composition" constrains creativity and creates artificial and arbitrary constraints to making a good photograph. This is true - to a point. However most of us don't care to go to art school, aren't looking to push artistic boundaries and couldn't care less about the high-brow ramblings of an art teacher. So for you, the first statement above is meaningless and bull@#$%. You just want your damn vacation photos to look better.

In this class, I will teach you all the cheap tricks photo schools refuse to teach you regarding composition. There are some very basic concepts to keep in mind when composing a photograph and that's what we'll cover in class. Things like proportion, perspective, geometry, symmetry / asymmetry, lines, contrast, color, and balance all play a role, and often times the best photos combine elements of many of the above.

This class will be fiercely analytical and teach you the above concepts and how you can use them effectively. There will be very little discussion on exposure, gear and other technical aspects. For those of you interested in a basic overview of how to use your camera, take my other class .

Any camera (yes, this includes your iPhone) will do!
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Frank Wang is a NYC-based photographer.
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