Workshop 201: Composition in Photography

Brief Description 

Composition in photography. Ladder against wall near the Dali Museum in Catalonia.

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

Recommended prerequisites

Work­shop 200: Review the Basics


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. 


Important Details

Accepted cameras:

  • 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.

Meeting/workshop location

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 

Satisfaction guarantee

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.