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Composition Basics: Making Great Photographs


Class Description

In this day long workshop students will learn photographic composition including; Rule of Thirds, Simplicity, Leading Lines, The Natural Frame, Contrasts, Point of View and Rhythm to name a few.

Students will look at some basic composition techniques that will dramatically improve their images. By applying one or more of these composition rules, your photos will go from looking amateurish to professional. You will also understand why some of the previous images taken work so well and why you and other people like them so much.

We concentrate on the center and edges of the frame, and pay close attention to what we are capturing in the background. Our assignments are enriched by our study of photographers who are renowned for their sense of composition and design. We examine a variety of genres, including location portraits and street photography, landscapes and cityscapes, and static and action scenes.

Students will travel to a TBD loaction, photograph and apply what they have learned, returning to the Center for editing of their images and review by the instructor and group.

Lunch will be provided. Please contact MPC at least several days in advance of the class date if you have special dietary considerations.

Topics that will be discussed and demonstrated:

  • The Rule of Thirds
  • Working the Lines in Your Photography (how to use horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines)
  • Finding Fresh Angles to Shoot From
  • Photographing Children – Composition
  • Getting Horizons Horizontal
  • Getting Images Straight
  • Fill Your Frame
  • The Importance of Focal Points
  • Creating Active Space – Photographing Moving Subjects
  • Getting Backgrounds Right
  • Framing Your Shots
  • How to Use Converging Lines to Enhance Your Photography
  • 4 Rules of Composition for Landscape Photography
  • How to Break the ‘Rules’ of Photography

Class Requirements

Familiarity with your camera, camera settings, and basic camera functions. If you are not yet comfortable with your camera, we suggest that you take our Beginning Digital Photography class offered every month.

Digital SLR,zoom or assorted fixed lenses, memory cards and card readers.

The Mpls Photo Center has Digital SLRs for class use at $25/per session.

Class Schedule

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Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 10:00 AM 4:00 PM Digital Learning Center

About the Instructor

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Robert Murphy: Robert Murphy is a Minnesota based photographer and educator who works in a variety of mediums and styles.

Murphy has worked as a curatorial advisor to organizations with photographic collections and he has taught photography and visual communication at the college level for over 20 years.

He has received fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation. He has exhibited at major museums and galleries and his work is included in numerous public and private collections.


Register for this Class

The cost of the "Composition Basics: Making Great Photographs" class is: $150.00

Not a member? You can certainly still register, and if it's a "Double Discount" class receive your 20% discount ((new class registrations only). Learn more about our membership and be eligible to receive a 10% on all MPC classes.

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