Composition & Creativity
with Sarah Wilkerson
4 WEEK WORKSHOP
$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along
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.
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
4 weekly lesson PDFs (formatted for print or on-screen viewing) + introductory and wrap-up PDFs with introspective bonus exercises
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.
INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT FEEDBACK & CRITIQUE
Full Participation students receive extensive personal critiques of weekly assignment submissions.
Study Along Students have full viewing access.
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
TONAL PATTERN ACTION TOOL
Receive Sarah's exclusive tonal pattern action light & composition tool for Photoshop
Processing Plans: 3 high speed, start-to-finish demonstration videos
Processing for Composition: Lightroom & Photoshop tutorial videos
Welcome & Preassignment
Elementary vs. Advanced Critique
Levels in Photography
Technical and Aesthetic Levels analysis
Lesson One: Basic Compositional Considerations
Eight basic factors
Framing and Blocking
How to plan a shot
Is processing "cheating"?
The 25% Rule
Lesson Two: Beyond the Rule of Thirds
Rule of Thirds
Shooting for Golden Compositions
LIVE OFFICE HOURS
Open Book Q&A
Self Doubt & Self Analysis
Lesson Three: Photography's Essential Conflict
Light in Composition
Looking for Light
Exposure & Processing for Dramatic Light
Lesson Four: Balance & Visual Interest
Processing for Balance
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."
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
All class content is organized into simple steps as part of a clear, self-guided pathway inside your private online classroom. You'll check off each interactive step as you go, from completing readings and watching videos to student Q&A and assignment submissions.
download weekly lessons
Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.
Materials vary by program
study & ask questions
Your registration includes access to a private online workshop for sharing and discussion. The workshop is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule. The instructor is present in the workshop every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.
complete weekly assignments
Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon class discussion throughout the week.
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.
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.