Foundations of Composition - Class #4

This is a beginners series on the Fundamentals of Composition, Class #4.

How to get into this class.

There are 30 spots for this meetup. Put yourself on the wait-list to get in. Priority is given to those who have attended the prior classes. I have to manually move people on and I do this from the wait-list. If you aren't on the wait-list I can't put you in the class. I know, it's a pain, but believe me, this is a bigger pain for me than for you.


• Review previous lecture points
• Critique your homework shots
• Watch videos by Ben Long

In this class, you will learn

Light and Color. More details to come

Classes left

Class #5  Sept 19th -  Guiding the Viewers Eye, Layers

Class Exhibition  Sept 26th - Open house student exhibition

This weeks shooting assignment and homework

1. Use the rules we learned in class 3,
Use the rules from the past 3 classes to create good composition on the 1/3s.

2. Choose a focal length, tape your lens to that length and spend the entire day shooting it. Shoot the same subjects with each of the focal lengths.

–Wide angle 16-35mm range
–Portrait or normal range 50-80mm
–Telephoto 135mm

If you have a point and shoot, then take photos at the maximum zoom (do not use digital zoom) and maximum wide angle. Basically the extremes of your camera's focal length.

The point here is not to make great shoots but to see how your focal length changes the subject and the background.

Upload photos to and tag class#3. We will review these starting when the first few people arrive!

2. Go to Flickr or find 3-5 photos of shoots where the subject is on the 1/3s.

Cut and past the url's into the comment box.

What to bring

Bring pen and paper, snacks, drinks. You will be LEARNING a lot of rules and techniques and will want to study this information until it is second nature. When you get into a photographic situation where you can't find the shot or are overwhelmed, you will be able to fall back to these learnings and walk away with  great shots.


You can use any type of camera. Composition is about lining up your subject in the viewfinder, however this class is best served by those with a camera that can control depth of field and shutter speed. Also if you have a telephoto or multiple lenses. No need to bring your camera.


It is not necessary but you should familiarize yourself with:

Over and underexposure
Depth of field
Camera position
Focal length
Motion stopping
Speed of a lens
The functionality of your camera’s features and button layout.


There is plenty of free parking but arrive early.

Special thanks to Colleen Kelly who is providing the space at Bandia Rua Studios to host this meetup. If you need studio rental time, talk to Colleen.




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  • Judy B.

    Thank you Michael for the informative classes you are a great teacher.....great job

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • Michael T.

    Anyone go shooting this weekend? If so, how did it go?

    September 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks! :)

      September 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's very nice of you.

      September 18, 2013

  • Judy B.

    Having overheating with my car.....will still try and get there if Bay Automotive solves the problem

    September 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still stuck at work, won't be able to make it.
    Sorry for the last minute notice.

    September 12, 2013

  • Dipankar G.

    Won't be able to join today's one also :(

    September 12, 2013

  • Nicole

    Dangit, I wanted to do this series but life has thrown a monkey wrench in those plans and I won't be able to attend tomorrow or next week so I guess in the meantime I'll follow along/join up on and keep my eyes peeled for future classes and meet ups.

    September 11, 2013

  • Jasmin

    Hi Michael,

    Is there a way to view the Ben Long videos for free? I went to but it seems like a fee is required. I missed the last 2 classes and would like to catch up on the videos. Let me know!!

    September 8, 2013

    • Michael T.

      Jasim, I'm sorry there is not.

      September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Leaving earlier this time! I was really tired that day.

    August 31, 2013

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