Composition: The Strongest Way of Seeing By Rick Sammon

Duration
1 hr 34 min
Lessons
8
Difficulty Difficulty Difficulty
Intermediate

Composition – What is it? Learn to compose technically and emotionally with renowned photographer Rick Sammon. Take a trip around the world to explore what works and what doesn’t. From leading lines and rules of thirds, to patterns, contrast and viewpoint, you’ll learn the rules before you break them with amazing tips, tricks and techniques for composing photos that tell stories with feeling!

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Rick kicks off the class with his thoughts on composition, cropping, and an outline of the topics covered in the class.
Thinking about the end result while you are taking the picture is crucial to creating a picture that conveys a mood and emotion.
Thoughtful composition tells a story by making choices about what is included in the frame and what is left out. Choice of lens, orientation of the camera, camera position, and more are shown to be essential tools for conveying the story you want to tell.
Take your photos to the next level by getting involved with creating the scene that best captures the shot you want to create. Talk to the subject, find the best light, change positions, look for the best angles, and fill the frame with just the elements you want to include.
Rick illustrates all of the ingredients, from subject matter to exposure to mood and more, for creating compelling photographs.
Break out a pad and pen to take note of a host of techniques you can put into use right away for improving the composition of your photos.
Ultimately composition is subjective and we all have unique ways of seeing. Take the lessons learned and find ways to express your own vision.
Set goals for the types of shots you want to get before you head out the door so you have time to practice and prepare.
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Rick Sammon

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Rick Sammon, a Canon Explorer of Light, has published 36 paper books, including Secrets of HDR Photography, Exploring the Light, and Digital Photography Secrets. Rick also has three apps on the iTunes store: Rick Sammon's 24/7 Photo Buffet - an e-book that offers 24/7 access to Rick's best photo tips, tricks and techniques. Rick...

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  1. Profile photo of Sebasj Sebasj

    Very good one!

    1. Profile photo of Rick Sammon Rick Sammon

      Thanks. KelbyOne is a great group with which to work!

  2. Profile photo of davidrrogers davidrrogers

    As usual Rick Sammon nails it. His laid back but fast paced style keeps the material moving so that the viewer cannot get bored. More from Rick please! —- Yes, please post my feedback

    1. Profile photo of Rick Sammon Rick Sammon

      Hey… I like to make learning fast and fun! Thank you my friend.

  3. Profile photo of tprince tprince

    The instructor was well prepared, knew wanted he wanted to get across and didn’t waste time thinking of what to do/say next. Well done. —- No, I’d keep it between us

    1. Profile photo of Rick Sammon Rick Sammon

      Being prepared is the key. Thank you!

  4. Profile photo of ShaunWhite ShaunWhite

    This is my 2nd + time going through this course & this time I am writing notes.
    I can not tell people how important it is to write notes.
    For me I think watching the course and then go back over it and then write notes works for me but others may want to write notes from start to finish the first times through.
    Rick is one of the best that explain composition in such detail that I must say when he says you may want to take notes then take notes.
    —- Yes, please post my feedback

    1. Profile photo of Rick Sammon Rick Sammon

      Thank you Shaun!

  5. Profile photo of Sheldon Bell Sheldon Bell

    Watching a Rick Sammon video is both entertaining and educational. His simple approach makes everying easy to understand and everything makes sense. I particularly love the little memory joggers – dead centre is deadly, eye to eye, treat your camer like a spaceship and think like a painter. Simple thoughts to keep in your head while shooting. Great reference tool to watch over and over. —- Yes, please post my feedback

    1. Profile photo of Rick Sammon Rick Sammon

      I like to make learning fun… what other way is there to teach? Thank you, Rick

  6. Profile photo of Mustangman (Charles K. Hardin) Mustangman (Charles K. Hardin)

    I really enjoy this training. I’ve been following Rick for a couple years now and he’s really helped me.
    Charles K. Hardin —- Yes, please post my feedback

    1. Profile photo of Rick Sammon Rick Sammon

      I am here to help!

  7. Profile photo of John Ferreira John Ferreira

    Really enjoyed this course – I especially liked many of the examples of good vs standard shots – very easy to follow and absorb – thanks —- Yes, please post my feedback

    1. Profile photo of Rick Sammon Rick Sammon

      I work hard at the good and the bad examples. Taking bad photos is easier! :-)

  8. Profile photo of ChiSoxKeith ChiSoxKeith

    Great job on the class. Informative. Instructor really knew the material he was covering. Very good presenter.

    K. Kolmos —- Yes, please post my feedback

    1. Profile photo of Rick Sammon Rick Sammon

      I work hard on a presentation. Thank you, Rick

  9. Profile photo of makiomilano makiomilano

    Wow! love this course! clear and impressive. Excellent photographer and teacher!! I really want to see more about this one. —- Yes, please post my feedback

    1. Profile photo of Rick Sammon Rick Sammon

      I am working on a few more ideas!

  10. Profile photo of fravat fravat

    Wasn’t my favorite, however, a good overview of composition elements and techniques, but would’ve liked to see some quick tips on how to make it happen… ex, what settings to capture a silhouette, or warm color tones. —- Yes, please post my feedback

    1. Profile photo of Rick Sammon Rick Sammon

      Next time. Good, constructive comment!

  11. Profile photo of ezzle ezzle

    Very informative. Thank you Rick! —- Yes, please post my feedback

    1. Profile photo of Rick Sammon Rick Sammon

      I like to be informative!

  12. Profile photo of dkarg dkarg

    Awesome course Rick, this is the reason why I joined Kelbytraining.com. Looking forward to watching all the courses. Your course was the last step to make me go from level 1 to level 2 of ignorance ;-) —- Yes, please post my feedback

    1. Profile photo of Rick Sammon Rick Sammon

      Awesome. Thank you, Rick

  13. Profile photo of Philip Bach Philip Bach

    I enjoyed this course. Nice examples, good crisp and happy presentation. Thanks —- Yes, please post my feedback

    1. Profile photo of Rick Sammon Rick Sammon

      Hey, I figure if I am not having fun, neither will the viewer! Thank you. Rick

  14. Profile photo of dremily2@gmail.com dremily2@gmail.com

    I am so glad I signed up for this course! I have learned so much, and I love that I can learn at 3 am or 10 pm or whenever I have the time and the inclination. I stumbled a bit at first because as a true beginner I did not even understand some of the terms used in the lectures. But Google is great for getting definitions, and now I only have to stop and Google a term once in a while. Since starting the class a whole new world has opened up for me. I look at photos differently, and I take much better pictures. (I’ve also spent way too much on new equipment). I had one photo used on our local Red Cross website, and 1 given honorable mention in our local journal’s photo contest. I love the variety of courses available. My favorite instructors so far are Matt K., Bill Fortney and Salman. Keep up the good work! —- Yes, please post my feedback

    1. Profile photo of Rick Sammon Rick Sammon

      Thanks!!!!!! Great group of instructors!

  15. Profile photo of Rick Sammon Rick Sammon

    Thank you all. More courses to come!

  16. Profile photo of Rick Sammon Rick Sammon

    Thank you! – Rick

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