Composition 101: A Course in Photographic Design for Teens (ages 12-18) with Kevin Weinstein (Online Learning – Summer)
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Composition 101: A Course in Photographic Design for Teens (ages 12-18) with Kevin Weinstein (Online Learning – Summer)

  • July 26, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • July 27, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • July 28, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • July 29, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • July 30, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Online Learning Class via Zoom

Ever wonder how two people can stand in the same spot, point their camera at the same subject but return with completely different ways of interpreting the identical scene? Building and making a photograph is like piecing together a puzzle. Creating an image in-camera is making a series of decisions and choices. The goal is to build a strong enough composition to guide the viewer’s eye to the most important elements of your image.

This course, devoted entirely to composition and photographic design, will help you develop the way you see and pre-visualize your images so the tools and ingredients can help you achieve more compelling, meaningful images. We will focus on dissecting topics such as the elements of design and how to arrange objects in the camera vertically and horizontally, using color vs. black and white, color theory discuss how color adds emotion to an image, and how to arrange an image within the rule of thirds. We will discuss important composition topics such as unity, balance, movement, rhythm, focus, contrast, pattern, proportion, color and light. Further, we will study and compare the compositional elements of different styles of photography from documentary to still life.

Expect to dabble in street photography, portraiture, landscape and still life using the tools you learn in this class to apply to a variety of photographic specialties. How you see, approach and build an image is what will set you apart from the person standing next to you. A well-constructed photo does not happen by accident. This class will empower you toward making a great photograph, rather than taking one.

A Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera or digital mirrorless camera capable of manual control settings is highly recommended for this class. However, all types of cameras are welcome, including film cameras.

Kevin Weinstein ( combines the worlds of photojournalism and artistic photography to capture memories, moods, split-second moments, and momentous events. He’s been doing it since the darkroom ages. The instructions he was taught back then for developing photos has stuck with him: “If it is too light, add time; if it is too dark, take away time.” But in the years since, as film gave way to digital, Kevin has learned that time cannot be added or subtracted—only seized or lost. His art as a documentarian, storyteller and photographer is all about seizing the moment, and the meaning within that moment. Kevin is a master at stripping away the nonessential and capturing the essence of a person, place or point in time. The results: emotive portraits and candids, lively magazine spreads, and images that command attention amid the visual clutter that defines the digital age.
A link for the Zoom class meeting will be emailed to the attendees prior to the start date. Please read the instructions included in the email. If you have additional questions please contact Kevin Weinstein or Janis McGavin at

One Week (Five Sessions)
Dates: Monday-Friday, July 26-30, 10-11:30 am PST
Enrollment limit: 15 students
Skill/Experience level: Beginning
Tuition: $195




This course will be meeting online via Zoom. We encourage you to install and test the software on your device prior to the class.

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