A Crash Course in Photographic Composition

Frank Wang, Photographer

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4 Videos (2h 16m)
    • Intro to Composition

    • Geometry and Lines

    • Optional: Previously recorded Q&A Video

    • Putting It All Together

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About This Class

This class is for anybody who wants to create visually compelling photographs. You will learn photographic composition - a crucial element for great photos. 

What You'll Learn

  • Composition. We'll focus on why certain images just "work" and discuss the importance of proportion in photographic composition, starting off with a discussion of the photographic frame, and then moving onto subject placement, and then going to more specific forms of proportion such as balance, the rule of thirds, golden ratio and its variants.
  • Geometry & Lines. Building on what we've learned about proportion, we'll add geometry and lines to the equation, and will explore how the use of verticals, diagonals, and horizontal lines affect your images as well as how various shapes (circles, rectangles, triangles) can be utilized in isolation and in patterns.
  • Putting It All Together. We will build on the last two sessions and  utilize shapes, color, and contrast to achieve the above compositions, as well as various ways of training your eye to see opportunities to make use of what we've learned so far (such as flattening / expanding perspective and use of abstraction).

What You'll Make

This class will be fiercely analytical and teach you the above concepts and how you can use them effectively. There will be less discussion on exposure, gear and other technical aspects. You will be given an assignment to apply what you've learned in each session to your project.  At the end of the class you should have posted 5 images per module, for a total of 15 amazing photos. 

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This is a solid course on the background to composition with plenty of excellent examples of master photographers' work. Classical subject placement, and using lines and shapes, is covered in a clear and pleasant presentation.
I didn’t expect that this course would be so amazing. It’s easy to understand, with many, many examples. Finally, I´m really enjoying learning Photographic Composition. I can´t say thank you enough.
Vera F.


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Frank Wang


Frank Wang is a NYC based photographer, entrepreneur and coffee addict. His primary photographic specialties are portraiture, architecture, and avoiding paying $$$ for overpriced photo equipment. He is co-founder and partner at architectural and interior photography company Frame Photographics.

You can find Frank's portratraiture on his personal website, his architectural images at Frame Photographics and his travel and personal work on Instagram.

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