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

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 is very subtle and sometimes much more insistent and challenging. In this tutorial you will learn you effective ways to compose and frame your photos and make deliberate decisions about your compositions.

Fill the frame! You will hear this advice frequently. But is it good advice? When should you fill the frame? Do you know how to make creative choices about filling the frame or not with your subject.

This tutorial covers some of the core compositional devices that you can use to design your images and give them more visual appeal. Our creativity series concentrates on composition and design skills to help you find and articulate your photographic vision.

A DSLR camera is helpful but not necessary to take advantage of this tutorial. This tutorial is an 8 page PDF of instructions and examples.


  • Filling the frame
  • Positive and negative space
  • Framing, dynamics and balance
  • Frame within a frame
  • Panoramas - stitching and extending the frame
  • Cropping
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