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The Art of Composition (Semi-Private Workshop)

  • Mar 15, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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There is an inherent indiscriminate nature to a camera. If everything is included in an image, how can anything stand out?  How can there be a subject if there is no background?  Picture yourself in a crowded restaurant, with hundreds of voices competing with each other. Now try to listen to just one voice. Now picture that same restaurant with just one person. Imagine how much more effective and powerful that one voice can be. With photography, this principle of removal, what is knows as the “art of exclusion”, not addition, is at the core of composition. Effective composition is no more than a puzzle, requiring the photographer to arrange the key elements of a scene in such a way as to capture it’s very essence. For any given scene before a lens, there is exactly one best way to most effectively capture its essence. This class is designed to provide you with the tools to allow you to do just that.  

Topics to be covered include:

• General compositional guidelines:  You have to know the rules before you can break them

• The Art of Exclusion

• Leading Lines

• Foreground Interests

• Creative Use of Depth of Field

• Lens Choice

• Negative Space

• Shapes and Patterns and Abstraction

• Contrast

• Visual Weight

• Perspective

Requirements: Bring your camera for practice exercises as well as paper and pen to take notes.

About the Instructor:

Ron Jautz is a professional corporate and editorial shooter with over 30 years experience.  He specializes in photographing people and travels extensively for clients such as Pfizer, Bank of New York, Time Warner, Inc., Walgreens, Canon USA, Seton Hall University, Duke University, Forbes Magazine and Conde Nast.  Over the years Ron has photographed Presidents and Prime Ministers, Members of Congress and Supreme Court Justices, celebrities, athletes and CEOs.  In addition to his commercial work, Ron also shoots fine art, having shown work in Galleries up and down the east coast.  His most recent exhibit of images from Antarctica will be on display this Fall in North Carolina. To learn more about Ron and his work, please visit his website at

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  • Paulina

    It was fun! I learned a lot and met good friends!

    March 15, 2014

  • Hir

    That was great!!

    March 15, 2014

  • Ron J.

    I last lead this class in October and we had a great shoot. There is about an hour of instruction, examples and Q&A, then the rest of the time is spent shooting. We will shoot around the famed Plaza Hotel and in Central Park, practicing what we discuss in the class setting. No matter your amount of photographic learning, this class will help you get to the next level in producing better images.

    March 11, 2014

  • Ron J.

    Hello Paulina,
    A photographer friend of mine from Denmark was just in town and he stayed at the Yotel, NY (www.; he said it was small but fine. Also, try using for possible deals. Would love to have you in the class.

    March 11, 2014

  • Paulina

    Hello! I would like to go to the workshop and maybe stay for the night in new york to get to know new york a little bit, can you recommend a near hostal or hotel and not to expensive too

    March 10, 2014

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