Expand your photographer’s eye to visualize and compose better photos.
This course introduces new photographers to several techniques for developing the ability first to identify a potentially strong picture and then organize the graphical elements to capture a great photograph. Our goal is to help you think about composition like a discerning photographer.
$84 • 3‑hour workshop • Limited to 5 students • Pro instructor
This 3‑hour photographic composition workshop presents the following:
- A brief history of composition in art and photography
- The “rules” of composition (golden ratio, the rule of thirds, perspective, leading lines, pattern and texture, perspective and depth, visual weight and balance)
- Format, frame dynamics, and cropping
- Subject placement for more striking pictures
- How to visualize and design better photographs
Composition, in the form of visualization and design, is the essential factor in creating a compelling photograph. This workshop introduces the history and theory of composition in the arts to novice photographers. You’ll learn the principles governing the existing “rules” of composition, why they exist, and how they apply to your photography. You’ll also discover that the rules aren’t sacrosanct. Photographers break them all of the time—mostly to take better pictures.
All photographers have the ability to see and capture excellent pictures. The ability to see (and foresee) the photographic potential of a scene, and to assemble those visual elements into a cohesive whole using a camera and lens, is one of the skills crucial to making remarkable photographs.
During the practical portion of the workshop, we’ll explore how you can apply the concepts learned in the preceding half of the lesson to real-world photography.
- All brands of digital cameras are accepted for this workshop
- This course is designed for DSLR and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and enthusiast compact cameras.
- Contact us if you’re unsure about your camera’s suitability for this workshop.
What to bring:
- Camera and lens
- Battery (fully charged)1If you’re participating in more than one workshop, please bring either your battery charger or a second battery to ensure you can operate your camera throughout the day.
- Memory card (emptied)
- Camera manual
What to wear
Most of our photography workshops feature outdoor exercises to apply the theoretical concepts into practice. Monitor the weather forecast and ensure you dress appropriately for the conditions—especially on cold days.2Please note that the lithium batteries powering your camera may exhibit diminished power output in cold conditions. When subzero air temperatures are forecast for the day of your workshop, we recommend bringing two or more camera batteries.
Our classroom-free workshops take place outdoors, involve walking and feature locations that may not be fully accessible. Currently, we meet in front of The Royal Conservatory of Music (273 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W2).
We reserve the right to change the meeting location and will notify you at least 48 hours in advance of such changes. A modified meeting location will always be within 500m of a TTC subway station.
Cancellation and refunds
We want to ensure that you fully understand the materials covered in our photography courses. If you aren’t completely satisfied with your learning experience, please let your instructor know immediately after your workshop concludes. We’re more than happy to address any points of confusion on the spot or to offer you the opportunity to repeat the same workshop on a future date (pending availability).
Our full cancellation and refund policy is found in the Terms of Sale. The following summary is for your convenience:
- We accept cancellations for a full refund up to four (4) weeks in advance of your initially-scheduled course.
- We accept schedule modifications up to seven (7) days in advance of your initially-scheduled course.