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Self Directed Tutorial
Composition 101
This tutorial includes the course materials only for our Composition 101 course. This tutorial is for self-directed learning with no instructor, assignment or critique. For the instructor taught version of this course click here.

In this tutorial you will work on the skills to help you find and articulate your vision. Some of these skills are photographic and some are skills to help you in your creative process. This tutorial covers some of the core compositional principals that you can use to design your images and give them more visual appeal.

How will you frame your subject? When we take a picture we look through the viewfinder and frame the world in that rectangle. Sometimes the influence of the viewfinder is very subtle and sometimes much more insistent and challenging. We will teach you effective ways to compose and frame your photos and make deliberate decisions about your compositions.

Our creativity series concentrates on composition and design skills to help you find and articulate your photographic vision.


  • Revealing your vision with image design
  • Dividing the frame
  • Rule of thirds
  • Symmetry
  • Orientation - horizontal/vertical
  • Composing in camera vs. cropping

This tutorial is 17 pages of great information and example photos. Great for all photographers!
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