Rules of Composition

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Want to control the eye of the viewer
Want to emphasize one part of the image over another
Want to communicate an elaborate narrative
Create an energized or tranquil mood


Your camera is a machine that sees differently than your eye, which means that sometimes a photograph will not turn out the way you might expect. The eleven lessons in Rules of Composition work separately and combined with each other to help you develop your own signature style. Maybe you want to create a sense of frenzy within the image, pushing the viewer’s eye to dart back and forth and up and down within the frame. Perhaps the story you want to tell is framed in such a way to convey a subject who is completely alone and unobserved, or perhaps the opposite, challenging the camera with humor, hostility or irony. Learn how different colors can create different moods. Develop easy to learn techniques to make your subject appear tiny and powerless or bold and dominate. And then of course, there is lots of fun in breaking the rules once you know them.

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I want to thank you again for getting me taken care of with this course. I actually loved it so much, I purchased the other one as well. I’ve now taken both the Rules of Composition AND Mechanics of a DSLR. Both courses were wonderful and I would recommend them to anyone – and will! – Angie England

Course Features

  • Lectures 10
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 135 minutes
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 15
  • Assessments Yes
  • Lessons 0/9

    • Lecture1.1
      2.1 Rule of Thirds 18 min
    • Lecture1.2
      2.2 Simplicity 08 min
    • Lecture1.3
      2.3 Framing 08 min
    • Lecture1.4
      2.4 Angles 16 min
    • Lecture1.5
      2.5 Leading Lines 14 min
    • Lecture1.6
      2.6 Shadows and Silhouettes 12 min
    • Lecture1.7
      2.7 Use of Color 13 min
    • Lecture1.8
      2.8 Patterns and Textures 09 min
    • Lecture1.9
      2.9 Portraits 18 min
    • Lecture1.10
      2.10 Landscapes 19 min
Bill Indursky is an architect, trend expert, and digital entrepreneur. He is the former founder of V&M (Vintage & Modern (2006-2013)) and the current founder of Design Life Network (DLN). DLN is a MAGAZINE + DESIGN AGENCY + MARKETPLACE + TV CHANNEL promoting inspiring design of all eras online and on TV.


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