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The Art of Composition

  • Sep 13, 2014 · 12:00 PM
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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 was on display last Fall in North Carolina. To learn more about Ron and his work, please visit his website at

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  • Pete P.

    Great for me to learn the basics and of things I should be doing but didn't know I was doing from time to time. Ron is a great teacher and he has a great presentation.

    September 13, 2014

  • Ron J.

    I was so inspired by you all today, what a great class! The questions you asked and your willingness to participate and your openness to my thoughts and idea about composition and creativity (and photography in general) really thrilled me. Don't forget your assignment and practice what we discussed--then post some pictures here.

    September 13, 2014

  • alejandra

    Thank you Ron for all the information ! great workshop !

    September 13, 2014

  • Yunfeng

    Great class - tons of information, clear instruction and good company!

    September 13, 2014

  • Ron J.

    Hello Fellow Photographers!
    I'm looking forward to our class tomorrow and the weather is looking good. If a few sprinkles hit us I have ways to complete the class indoors. I've also reworked the presentation of this important topic so you leave with an even better understanding of the concepts. We've been limiting the size of these classes in order to give each of you more individual attention. See you tomorrow!

    September 12, 2014

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