The Art of Composition Toggle

1 day seminar – € 90

What is composition? It’s the way we arrange the elements of a picture within the frame. Composition is an art and, when it comes to composition, the right solution depends on the emotion, the vision, the style, and purpose of the photographer as much as it does on any guidelines.

During this workshop we will focus on the artistic aspects of photography, looking and analyzing some of the great masterpieces in photography. We will spend very little time talking about rule of thirds, leading lines, or foreground objects, we’ll rather concentrate on how we “feel” about those photos and why. We will focus on how to pre-visualize a scene in order to “create” our final image, no matter what kind of photography we are dealing with (landscape, street or documentary photography, for example). Through a series of exercises we’ll learn how to slow down and think through the entire process of producing a final image and we will concentrate on how “work the scene”, which elements and details to look for when composing a photograph in the field. This is an aesthetic lecture, therefore it’s perfect for all level of photographic skill.

Equipment needed: laptop or tablet – if owned – for images reviews.
Prerequisite: none.

Dates 2019

Coming Soon

If you would like to schedule a seminar in Como, or a private online session please contact us.

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About the Instructor

Barbara Balzaretti was born and raised in Milan, Italy. After her university degree she moved to New York for a master in photojournalism and worked there as a freelance photographer and photo editor for some of the top New York City photo agencies including Tom Keller & Associates and Corbis. She has also worked in advertising and film as producer in the US and Europe. In 2011 she moved to Finland and founded the International Photo Center. She now lives in Milan where she opened the second branch of the International Photo Center. She’s the  director of both schools.