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Mastering Composition with Steve Davey


What will I learn on this course?

This workshop will cover all that you will need to know for mastering composition. This includes how to visually improve your shots, the visual conventions of composition and when you should obey them and when you should break them. We will also look at Steve's theory of mise en scene, and how to exploit composition to create and enhance meaning in your photographs. We will explore how to look for combinations of objects in the frame, how you can previsualise your image and then how lens choice, subject distance, viewpoint and angle can be combined to achieve the desired result.

• Previsualisation

Varying angles

Looking for viewpoints

Rule of thirds

• Composing for balance

Extreme composition

Compositional devices

Lens choice

• Choosing a subject distance

• Mise en Scene

Creating meaning through composition

Composition has a profound affect on your pictures. It will be the first thing that people see in your pictures, whether they realise it or not. Yet many photographers struggle with composition, and find it a barrier to taking good pictures.

Initially with an illustrated presentation, and then with extensive practical session, this course will look at the rules and conventions of composition, and of course when you should break and exploit them. We will also touch on some of the processes of composition including previsualising your pictures and lens choice.

Composition is about more than just making your pictures look good though. Exploiting composition, and the way that objects are combined in the frame can be used to set up meaning and create more visually complex pictures.

Steve will comprehensively explain his theory of 'Mise en Scene' literally 'putting in the scene' and will show you how to use it in your everyday photography to create better, more effective pictures.

The practical side of this course is held in the photogenic streets of Central London, including St Jame's Park and Covent Garden. Expect a fair bit of walking and some great images!

Cost of this course: 90

85 if booked with another course


Dates for this Course

Not currently scheduled

No matter what camera you use, you can dramatically improve your pictures if you master the art of composition. This won't just give visually pleasing pictures, it will allow you to construct images with meaning.

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Steve Davey is a professional photographer and writer based in London. For the past twenty years he has photographed people, places, cultures and festivals in some 84 countries for a range of books, publications and websites worldwide.

Steve has recently published Footprint Travel Photography, the leading guide to the subject and has launched the Better Travel Photography range of international photography tours. Steve also writes regular travel photography features for various publications and websites around the world. To see more about Steve click here...

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Better Travel Photography was created by Steve Davey to celebrate the art of travel photography and to help people improve their travel photography skills and get more out of their travels. Some of the highlights of the site are image galleries, travel photography features and 501 Travel Photography Tips. This site also features Steve's exclusive range of travel photography tours.

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