When I talk to photographers around the world the universal frustration is feeling like they’re getting capable with their cameras but have no idea where to begin with the creative stuff, specifically composition. They know their photographs can be way stronger, they just don’t know where to begin.
It’s relatively easy to master the basics of the camera, but those aren’t what make our photographs more compelling or more captivating. It’s not really buttons and dials that make images that cause people to react.
What people respond to within the photograph are things like the decisions we make about what goes where, which moments we choose, and how the elements within a scene relate to each other. In other words: composition.
There’s a whole language to photography and it’s that language that many photographers take way too long to learn, bound by rules and platitudes.
Take a few moments to consider this video and the one thing you can do right now to begin changing your compositions for the better, stronger, and way less accidental.
Composition isn’t a talent, it’s not something only for the really creative. It’s about principles you can learn and possibilities you can play with.
In this video I also introduce my course The Compelling Frame—the online course I created to help photographers like you understand and use the visual language of composition to make photographs that are more intentional, more creative, and more powerful.
If you’re looking for a change, if you know your photographs are on their way to being technically good but you want more, you want not just to photograph what your world looks like but what it feels like, then check out The Compelling Frame.
This year The Compelling Frame is only open for enrollment from January 10, until the end of January 15, 2021. Not only that, but this year I’m strictly limiting the number of students and will close enrollment at 300 new students so we don’t overwhelm my mentoring community to which you will be invited.
That’s 6 days and the only opportunity to enroll this year, so if you’re interested, now is the time. You can check out The Compelling Frame now, and starting on Monday you can enroll until the end of this Friday at TheCompellingFrame.com
Introducting The Photographer’s Process
This year I’m also excited to introduce an option to purchase The Photographer’s Process, a 14-episode video series about the process of making photographs, from start to finish. It’s probably easier to show you than explain it, so I’d like to invite you to watch Episode 12 for free. Just head to TheCompellingFrame.com and scroll about 2/3 down the page, you’ll find it. The Photographer’s Process makes a fantastic addition to The Compelling Frame and the introductory pricing won’t be offered again.
The Compelling Frame is a really robust course, something you can sink your teeth into for a while. It is not for someone who just wants to learn a few tips and a couple rules and then move on. It’s big and deep and if you do the work your photographs will become so much stronger. The course is big but not overwhelming. It’s self-paced so there’s no rush, and the content is always yours and all available for downloading in case you want to access it offline.
If you don’t feel like you have the time right now the lessons and materials, and all the bonuses for The Compelling Frame will be there for you when you’re ready. But you still have to enroll. The Compelling Frame won’t be open for enrollment for another year after this Thursday, or as soon as we get 300 enrollments.
Whether you enroll or not, if you’re at the point where you’re making images that are, for the most part, technically satisfying, there’s a good chance your next leaps forward will be gained in studying composition, not getting more gear. You can do this.
For the Love of the Photograph,