Frame a Great Shot: Exploring Photo Composition

Porter Yates, Photographer

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13 Videos (1h 17m)
    • Introduction

    • Finding the Right Environment

    • 'Exotic' as a Crutch

    • Exploring the Unexpected

    • Photographing the Fringe

    • Controlling Your Background

    • Finding Cleanliness in Chaos

    • A Note About Gear and Settings

    • Adding Layers and Visual Elements

    • Shooting Non-Descriptive Elements

    • Making the Viewer Ask Questions

    • Conclusion

    • Bonus Exercise: Masters' Work


About This Class

Go beyond the expected in your next photo adventure! Join EyeEm’s Photographer of the Year, Porter Yates, for an inspiring one-hour composition class about capturing images that evoke intrigue — whether you're shooting digital, film, or Instagram. 

In this class, Porter critiques a selection of his own work from his travels to Asia, Africa and the Americas — sharing insights and tips on how to make a good photograph great:

  • finding the right environment to shoot 
  • controlling your background (even if it's the foreground) 
  • layering and visual elements 
  • incorporating "non-descriptive" elements 
  • creatively cropping to add a sense of mystery 

This is not a technical class about camera settings and gear – it’s a creative exploration that will help you develop your eye for compelling imagery and hone the way you shoot.

You’ll leave this class with newfound inspiration and an arsenal of techniques to apply to your next photograph!


EyeEm is a community for all photographers — new and experienced — to unleash their creativity and get discovered. They connect over 18 million photographers and promote a talented global community through exhibitions, brand missions, and a marketplace to sell and buy authentic, royalty-free images.

250 of 254 students recommendSee All

Great class!!!
A practical course, lots of useful ideas to get going with photo.
Very engaging, very clear and very instructional. THINK before you shoot, is what floats as the crucial idea of the lesson. Great.





Porter Yates


Porter’s interest in the varying levels of connection between himself and the people he encounters is the primary theme in his work. He looks to reveal universal elements that express the human condition as well as capturing people’s relationships to their community and environment.

He has traveled extensively to Asia and the Americas, finding inspiration in the beauty and uniqueness of place and its culture. Venturing into remote places, and introducing himself into a new community, has made him question what it means to be an outsider, what it means to be part of a culture or community, and how people connect to the world.

Porter was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has worked in Colorado in the oil industry, and researched sustainable heating technology during a residency in China. In 2015 he was named EyeEm’s Photographer of the Year. He resides in Brooklyn, New York.