ONLINE | Understanding the Visual Elements of Composition | January

Understanding the Visual Elements of Composition

Date  | Wednesdays January 27, February 3 & 10, 2021

Time  |  5:30PM-7:30PM

Location |  ONLINE

Cost  |  $198 Non-Member   $180 Members

Instructor  |  Kia Neill

Skill Level  |  All Levels

“Composition” is the arrangement of all the pieces, or Visual Elements, that form the “big picture.” These days, anyone and everyone can take a photograph, stylize it with an app, and get sufficient likes on social media. But that doesn’t mean the picture is anything spectacular to begin with, let alone unique. When we look at images, some compositions strike our attention more and keep us more engaged than others. To take a brilliant photo, there are many different aspects to consider. In this workshop students will be introduced to the Visual Elements of composition (line shape, color, shadow, etc.) and better understand how these elements affect the way we read images.

Through critique, visually dissecting images, and picture taking exercises, students will learn to recognize these Visual Elements as they compose their shots in camera, as well as develop tricks to arrange these elements to create more dynamic and distinct compositions. Students will be given picture taking tasks to complete before the second session.

Materials Needed:

  • Notebook and pen for notes
  • Camera (DSLR, smartphone, etc.)
  • Zoom account (free) for access to class

    Please register as you normally would, and CPAC will update you with links to take your class or workshop as scheduled online. To participate in an online course, students will need access to a desktop, laptop, or tablet with an internet connection. If you have any questions about navigating our new system, please email for more information.