General Workshop Information:
All of our Creative Composition workshops / tours will cover the overlooked and sometimes forgotten aspects of image design and the all-important role that light plays in creating dramatic and spectacular images!
Join us to get a better understanding of the basic and advanced image design techniques and how capturing light will make extraordinary images from ordinary subjects.
Here are just some of the topics we cover during our workshops:
- Rule of Thirds - Imagine that your image is divided into nine equal segments by two vertical and two horizontal lines then try to position the most important element or subject in your scene along these lines where they intersect and by doing so you will add balance and interest to your image.
- Asymmetry - This can be a very beautiful and eye-catching technique. It can create a very thought-provoking piece of art that awakens the eye due to its imperfect balance and startles the imagination into overdrive.
- Leading lines - One of the most available tools in nature. When we look at an image our eye is naturally drawn along lines. By being conscious about how you place lines in your composition you can affect the way we view the image pulling the viewer into the scene.
- Depth - Depth can be created by making sure you include objects in the foreground, middle ground and background. Learning how to arrange these elements will give strength and authority to your image.
- Balancing Elements - Placing your main subject off-center, as with the rule of thirds, creates a more interesting photo, but it can leave a void in the scene which can make it feel empty. You should balance the "weight" of your subject by including another object of lesser importance to fill the space.
- Perspectives - The perspective has an enormous impact on the composition of our image and thus it can greatly affect the meaning that the image expresses. Rather than just shooting from eye level consider photographing from different vantage points. For example; shoot high, low, move left or right, move up close and then far away from your main subject.
- Symmetry and Patterns - We are surrounded by symmetry and patterns both natural and man-made, and they can make for stunning compositions particularly in situations where they are unexpected. Another great way to use them is to break the symmetry or pattern in some way in reducing tension and a focal point to the scene.
- Framing - Using objects in your scene as a frame to highlight or showcase your main subject can be a very powerful compositional tool.
Experimentation and Having Fun - Teaching you to create a solid and impactful image is our goal, but having fun and experimenting with different compositions, rules and techniques are part of the journey to becoming a better photographer.
You will have the opportunity to work alongside Ed & Zach as they share their 30 year collective photographic expertise in the field. Hands-on help will be provided and they will conduct question and answer sessions as well.
If you have any specific questions you would like me to answer before you register for the workshop, please call 610.283.0454 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Refunds will be given if cancellation is made prior to 60 days before the workshop/tour date minus a $75 processing fee.
No refunds will be given if cancellation is made less than 60 days before the workshop/tour date unless we can fill your spot minus a $75 processing fee. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND TRIP INSURANCE to protect you in the event of an unexpected situation that prevents you from attending the workshop. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and trip cancellation insurance.
(We reserve the right to cancel any workshop if our minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event we cancel a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund. We are not, however, liable for expenses incurred such as airfare or accommodations, and for this reason we recommend the purchase of trip insurance.)
Workshops are a rain or shine event and will only be canceled if there is an element of danger. More often than not “bad weather” makes for the most dramatic light possible.
Customer Loyalty Program:
If you take more than one of our workshops in the same workshop year, you will receive a 10% discount on your additional workshops. Please email me so I can send you an adjusted invoice.
What skill level do I need to be?
Everyone will find our workshops to be a fun educational experience. Our clients vary from intermediate to advanced amateur and semi-professional. Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of exposure (f/stop and shutter speed) and should know how to operate their equipment. Our goal is to help you improve your technique and creative vision and achieve the goals that you have set for yourself. The workshop size is set to allow us to spend time with each and every participant.
Does it matter which type of camera I have?
Most of our clients use a digital SLR, but honestly is doesn’t matter. Our goal is to help you improve your technique and creative vision and achieve the goals that you have set for yourself. We’ll send you a checklist approximately 30 days before your event of suggested gear to bring.
How many people is in each workshop:
Between 10 and 12 is our maximum workshop size which allows us to spend time with each and every client.
How do I register for an event?
We accept most major credit cards, personal checks and money orders. All workshop have an online registration page for convenient and secure online registration.
Call our office at (610)283-0454. Office hours are Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm, we are closed on weekends. If we are in the field, it may take longer for us to get back to you.
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Snail mail: Ed Heaton Photography • 612 3rd Ave • Atglen, PA • 19310
Does the instructor shoot during the workshop:
The quick answer is yes. we will be shooting during the workshop, but in a VERY limited capacity. The client is our main focus and providing support is our top priority. We often shoot right along with the clients sharing our collective 30 years of field experience. Much of our shooting over the workshop consists of field demonstrations that help to expand creative vision, technique and composition while on location.