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California Center for Digital Arts
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June 8, 2019, 10 AM June 18, 2019, 6:30 PM

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Photographic Composition

 Photographic Composition gives you the creative eye to make your images stand out and create the strongest images possible. Why is it that two photographers can capture the same subject, sometimes within feet of each other, and one creates a stunning photograph and the other creates a mediocre or worse? The difference—composition!


In this hands-on course with your instructor by your side, students learn the principles of creating photographic compositional techniques and ways to apply them. This class will explore the rules and you will have an opportunity to create photographs
using the various aspects of composition.

You will learn how to make your images stand out, the focal point and what you want the main point of interest to be. Portray what you want your message to be and learn how to avoid embarrassing mistakes. This course will help you from going from a few ideas to broadening to many options. You will begin to develop a style that you like and this will become yours.  Learning the techniques, options, and choices will  help you with your style. This course is a must to becoming a good photographer.

The objective of this class to provide a foundation of knowledge of the rules
composition. You will leave with samples of the different examples of composition that
you can use as a reference.


  • Lecture discussing composition and showing examples of both painting and photography.
  • Hands on creating images using both good and bad composition.
  • Discussion of the images created.
  •  Review and discuss examples of famous works of art.
  •  Review and discuss photographic composition.
  •  Discussion on good and bad examples.
  •  You will have an assignment to find examples of composition.
  •  Time will set aside to take pictures to illustrate.
  •  Review of the images that were created.



  • DSLR Camera and 1 or more zoom lenses
  • Portable flash unit (recommended)
  • Tripod
  • Memory card- SD or CF
  • Note paper
  • Lots of questions


Beginner to Intermediate

Jon Haverstick