Great Composition: Creating Better Photographs

Aaron Raymond, Photo Instructor, Nat Geo Expeditions

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13 Videos (39m)
    • Introduction

      1:11
    • Composition Deffinition

      2:13
    • The Rule of Thirds

      2:27
    • The Golden Mean and the Fibonacci Spiral

      4:07
    • Leading Lines

      2:57
    • Balance

      5:50
    • Symmetry

      2:34
    • Pattern

      3:33
    • Simplicity

      3:33
    • Force Foregrounds

      2:55
    • Framing

      2:01
    • Sight Lines and Room to Move

      3:34
    • Final Thoughts

      1:57
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About This Class

It seems like everyone has a DSLR these days but relatively few people take great photographs. You don’t need a good camera to take awesome photos. A good photographer can make amazing images with any camera or even just a phone. It’s all about seeing the image and great composition. In this class we are going to learn about  many of the tools of composition, what composition actually is, different techniques to create great photos, and how to avoid common aesthetic pitfalls.

This 40-minute class is broken into 13 short, easy to digest videos in which we will learn about:

  • The Rule of Thirds
  • The Golden Mean and the Fibonacci Spiral
  • Leading Lines
  • Balance
  • Symmetry
  • Pattern 
  • Simplicity
  • Force Foregrounds
  • Framing
  • Sight Lines and Room to Move

It’s important to know these concepts but, with a lot practice, you eventually won’t need to think about them.  Great composition will just come naturally. 

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If you enjoy this check out my other SkillShare class about Exposure Basics

And visit my website - www.raaronraymond.com

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this class is clear to understand the topic, and beautiful to watch. i would like to see more like this.
Barbara Grünenfelder

time is art

Very good composition class
This was awesome for me. I never put my camera down and take pictures of everything. So it was nice to have such an array of examples. This will definitely improve my photography. I honestly plan on watching this one again.
Paul Haynes

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Aaron Raymond

Photo Instructor, Nat Geo Expeditions

I started my career as an underwater photographer, which blossomed from my love for the ocean. I grew up on a sailboat diving for abalone off the coast of California. I love to photograph landscapes, nature, and wildlife - anything that allows me to capture fleeting moments and showcase the interaction of light and the natural world. I have traveled as a photographer from the depths of Madagascar's oceans to the heights of the Himalayas, cresting them at 18,500 feet on a Royal Enfield motorcy...

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