Understanding Photographic Composition

Understanding Photographic Composition

Understanding Photographic Composition

In this workshop, participants will delve into the nature and significance of composition, gaining insights into how to perceive, evaluate, and organize compositional elements to achieve harmonious balance within the frame. The instructor, utilizing captivating photographic examples, will thoroughly explore fundamental compositional principles like the Rule of Thirds, Negative Space, and Leading Lines. Additionally, attention will be dedicated to elucidating the importance of compositional balance within images.

Arguably, the paramount aspect of any successfully captured photograph is composition—a fundamental consideration for creating impactful images. Composition entails the arrangement and organization of visual elements within a photograph, requiring intentional choices in positioning and framing subjects to produce balanced, visually appealing, and engaging images. The foundation of any well-crafted photograph lies in achieving a balance within its composition.

Hourly Schedule


Module 1
What is meant by Photographic Composition. A discussion regarding the important elements and considerations which build an achieved photograph, leading on to why Composition is so vital in the construction of an arresting image.
Module 2
Why is composition so important to a successful image? In this module we'll explore why composition is vital to an achieved photograph. This will include considering:- Visual Organization Conveying a Message Arresting Attention Creating Depth and Dimension Removing distractions Enhancing Visual Flow
Module 3
Consideration of the Principles of Photographic Composition, which will include:- Rule of Thirds Symmetry and A-Symmetry Point of View Negative Space Colour & Contrast Repetition of Form, Colour & Shape Planimetric Staging
Module 4
Composition and Lens Focal Length. Why different focal lengths and so perspective change our compositional considerations
  • Duration: 60 minutes


01 Mar 2024


17:00 - 18:00




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  • Rob Irving
    Rob Irving

    Rob Irving, a London-based photographer with 25 years of commercial experience, discovered his passion for photography at the age of 8. Self-taught and enlightened by academic pursuits in Cultural Geography with Photography, he explores the profound narratives within imagery. Specializing in people, products, events, and architecture, Rob’s lens is drawn to captivating light, acknowledging its role in creating compelling portraits. As a seasoned educator, he imparts his knowledge at The British Academy of Photography, guiding students to degree levels, and co-manages ‘GoFoto’ with photojournalist Alecsandra Dragoi.

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