Composition and Editing Level 2: Syllabus


Pete Rosos

Composition and Editing Level 2

Course Syllabus

Course Description

A five session course that delves into applying compositional techniques to a substantive body of work. The course will teach you how to address a larger theme from a compositional and editing standpoint. We will also look at and break down specific bodies of work from other photographers and how different compositional techniques play key roles in telling their visual stories. Students will be given weekly assignments based on a larger, overarching theme, that by the end of the course, should result in a cohesive series of work.

Class Requirements

You will need a working digital or film (any format) camera, a good understanding of how to use your camera (e.g. shutter speed, aperture, ISO) and a solid understanding of basic compositional and editing techniques (or have taken the Composition and Editing Level 1 class). We will review some general technical information about composition and editing, but this class is primarily about applying those techniques to making a substantive body of work. For the first class you will be expected to bring 5 - 10 of your own images (prints or digital images via flash drive or website) that suggest a theme you are interested in. The theme can be loose or specific. For each class you will be required to bring 5 -15 new images almost every week (prints can be made at any store with printing facilities including Costco, Walgreens, or Wolf Camera).

Note: “Editing” in the context of this course is the act of choosing the best images from a series and not post production of images in Lightroom, Photoshop, etc..

Week One:

• Class introductions, an overview of the course, and what you can expect to get out of it.

• A brief look at one another’s work.

• A brief summary of various composition and editing techniques.

• A discussion about the definition of “Composition” as it relates to a theme or larger body of work.

• Photographer spotlight slideshow (photographer and theme to be announced).

• Hand out Week 1:  assignment for the next class plus a reminder to bring in 5 - 15 images from assignment to the next class.

Week Two

• Answer any questions that came up during shooting assignment Week 1.

• A basic review of the critique process and using objective methods to help edit your work.

• A group critique and editing session of the Week 1 assignment.

• A discussion on how to approach a given theme from a compositional standpoint.

• Photographer spotlight slideshow (photographer and theme to be announced).

• Hand out Week 2 assignment for the next class plus a reminder to bring in 5 - 15 images from assignment to the next class.

Week Three

• Answer any questions that came up during shooting assignment Week 2.

• A discussion about using multiple compositional techniques to address a given theme.

• A group critique and editing session of the Week 2 assignment.

• A discussion about the difficulties of editing one’s own work and the effect it may have on how you approach the subject matter of a theme.

• Photographer spotlight slideshow (photographer and theme to be announced).

• Hand out Week 3 assignment for the next class plus a reminder to bring in 5 - 15 images from the assignment to the next class.

Week Four

• Answer any questions that came up during shooting of assignment Week 3.

• A discussion about how the presentation of your work in various forms can affect viewers’ perception of the story you’re trying to tell.

• A group critique and editing session of the Week 3 assignment.

• Photographer spotlight slideshow (photographer and theme to be announced).

• A discussion about editing a theme down to its final form.

• Hand out Week 4 assignment for the next class plus a reminder to bring in the final images from the assignment to the next class.

Week Five

• A review of the material covered over the length of the course.

• All final images will be carefully hung on the walls.

• Final critique of everyones work and drinks and snacks will be served.

• A brief discussion on where to go next with your work.

If you have any questions or issues, please feel free to contact me via the contact info below:

Pete Rosos

2812photography@gmail.co