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Composition & Creativity

with Sarah Wilkerson

4 WEEK WORKSHOP

$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along
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Improve your image composition, strengthen visual interest, and refine your photographic vision for maximum impact on the viewer.

This unique course covers compositional principles, viewing psychology, and artistic considerations relevant to photographers as they conceptualize, frame subjects and scenes, process their work, and develop a personal artistry. Composition and Creativity is geared towards intermediate to advanced photographers.

PREREQUISITES

All participants must have a mastery of technical basics and basic proficiency with Lightroom and/or Photoshop (access to both platforms is recommended).

what you’ll get

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WEEKLY LESSONS

4 weekly lesson PDFs (formatted for print or on-screen viewing) + introductory and wrap-up PDFs with introspective bonus exercises

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DAILY INSTRUCTOR-LED Q&A

Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.

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INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT FEEDBACK & CRITIQUE

Full Participation students receive extensive personal critiques of weekly assignment submissions.

Study Along Students have full viewing access.

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LIVE OFFICE HOURS

Sarah will hold an evening 90 minute live office hours session for general photography open-book discussion and Q&A, plus share an uncut workflow walkthrough

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TONAL PATTERN ACTION TOOL

Receive Sarah's exclusive tonal pattern action light & composition tool for Photoshop

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PROCESSING VIDEOS

Processing Plans: 3 high speed, start-to-finish demonstration videos

Processing for Composition: Lightroom & Photoshop tutorial videos

syllabus

Welcome & Preassignment


LEARN ABOUT

Elementary vs. Advanced Critique

Levels in Photography


PREASSIGNMENT

Words Exercise

Technical and Aesthetic Levels analysis

Lesson One: Basic Compositional Considerations


LEARN ABOUT

Artistic responsibility

Eight basic factors

Framing and Blocking

How to plan a shot

Documentary authenticity

Is processing "cheating"?

Defining Distractions


ASSIGNMENT

The 25% Rule

Lesson Two: Beyond the Rule of Thirds


LEARN ABOUT

Rule of Thirds

Golden Mean

Golden Triangles

Golden Spiral


ASSIGNMENT

Shooting for Golden Compositions

Break Week


LIVE OFFICE HOURS

Open Book Q&A

Workflow Discussion


FORUM DISCUSSION

Self Doubt & Self Analysis

Lesson Three: Photography's Essential Conflict


LEARN ABOUT

Light in Composition

Looking for Light

Value Patterns

Viewing Psychology

Form

Exposure & Processing for Dramatic Light


ASSIGNMENT

Dramatic Light

Lesson Four: Balance & Visual Interest


LEARN ABOUT

Compositional Balance

Asymmetrical Balance

Visual Weight

High Attractants

Framing

Achieving Balance

Processing for Balance


ASSIGNMENT

Processing for Balance

"After the first two weeks, I could already see a difference in my photography. This class will have you digging into each of your photos and learning what makes an image stronger."

- KRISTIN
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about your instructor

Sarah Wilkerson is the CEO of Click & Company and a photographer since 2006. Her approach to photography is guided by literary Romanticism and cinematography, and she gravitates towards light-driven storytelling, rich color, and the dreaminess of tilt shift work. A former attorney and graduate of Duke University, Sarah is a married to a skydiving Army JAG and has four children.

This workshop is assisted by 3-4 accomplished TAs each run. Past Teaching Assistants have included Emma Wood, Megan Cieloha, Kristin Dokoza, Kristen Ryan, Megan Dill, Celeste Pavlik, and Sarah Carlson.

A number of workshop alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.

how it works

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Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the workshop and receive critique each week.

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Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.

START LEARNING

Class content is organized into simple steps as part of a clear, self-guided pathway inside your private online classroom, so you can check off each interactive step as you go.

GET WEEKLY LESSONS

Each week, you'll receive a set of course materials, which typically includes written & video content. All course materials are yours to download and keep.

STUDY & ASK QUESTIONS

You'll get access to a private online classroom for sharing and discussion. The instructor is present every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.

COMPLETE WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS

Students receive an assignment to complete each week; full participation students will receive instructor feedback on submitted assignments.