Developing Compositional and Critiquing Skills Workshop

04 October 2014

10:00 - 16:30

Bath HQ
The Royal Photographic Society
Fenton House
122 Wells Road
United Kingdom

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Non RPS Member£45.00 
RPS Member£33.00 
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Developing Compositional and Critiquing Skills

Composition applies to all art forms and, while seeing parallels with writing or music might be stretching a point, issues that relate to other areas of the visual arts can also apply to photography.

It certainly pays to look at how others design their work and in particular painters, graphic designers and film-makers. As a fledgling art form in the 19th century, photography specifically looked to the tradition of painting from where so many of the so called “rules” were drawn, although paradoxically many photographers fail to look at what contemporary painters are doing today.

With the advent of Photoshop, the overlap between graphic design and photography is remarkable; look at some of the current advanced Photoshop technique magazines and you will struggle to discern which is which.

It is also important to understand that photography should never operate in a vacuum and it helps to recognise that there are certain basic universal rules that apply to all aspects of the visual arts. Whether you are an experienced photographer or a relative beginner, a graphic designer or a camera club judge, this course aims to extend your awareness of what is meant by composition and to understand that it does exist within a broader context.

Tony did a BA Degree in Fine Art (specialising in painting) at The University Of Newcastle upon Tyne, and spent 30 years in education.

He has written 13 books on photography and he also continues to write articles for photographic magazines both here in the UK and in the US.

Tony has exhibited at the highest level including The Barbican in London, The National Museum of Photography, The Fox Talbot at Lacock and The Independent Photographers Gallery.

 The Golden Section
Organising interacting shapes and forms
Using Line to structure composition
Linking the foreground and background.
Playing the numbers game.
The value of colour
Directing the viewers eye.
Working with patterns.

Improving Image structure
Less is more
Camera techniques that aid composition
Consider the "design" in photography.

Post Camera Techniques.
Adopting a creative approach

 Alternative approaches
Composing for disharmony.

 Consider how culture (camera clubs, photographic magazines promote a particular view of composition.
Examine other aspects of the visual arts to see how they compose
Consider the implications of "The Gestalt Theory".
The value of composing "intuitively".

Address:The Royal Photographic Society, Fenton House, 122 Wells Road, Bath  BA2 3AH
Parking: There is no parking at the RPS on week days but there are spaces available in the surrounding streets.  At weekends you can park in the RPS car park(SPACES LIMITED) which is accessed to the left of the building through a gateway.

Cancellation policy

Notice of Cancellation - Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected. If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.

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