Composition and Editing Level 1 Syllabus


Pete Rosos

Composition and Editing Level 1

Course Syllabus

Course Description

A five session course that explores the mechanics of composition and editing. The course will look at the technical principles of compositional techniques such as rule of thirds, leading lines, and using exposure as a compositional tool to illustrate just what makes a photograph stand out over time. Students will be given specific weekly assignments and learn to edit, sequence, and critique both their own work as well as that of their classmates.

Class Requirements

You will need a working digital or film (any format) camera and a basic understanding of how to use your camera (e.g. shutter speed, aperture, ISO). We will go over some general technical information about camera use, but this class is primarily about the content of the work. For the first class you will be expected to bring 5 - 10 images (prints or digital images via flash drive or website) of your best work regardless of theme or type of photography. For each additional class you will be required to bring 5 -15 new images 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 and an overview of the course and what you can expect to get out of it.

• A brief look at one another’s work.

• A discussion defining what both “Composition” and “Editing” mean.

• A discussion about the language of composition.

• An introduction to the compositional concept of the “rule of thirds” including sample images.

• 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.

• An introduction to the process of critique and using objective methods to edit your work.

• A review of the work produced during the Week 1 assignment.

• A group editing session where ten images will be chosen from the Week 1 assignment out of

the entire class pool of images.

• An introduction to compositional concepts of “leading lines” and “frame within a frame” including samples images.

• 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 review of the work produced during the Week 2 assignment.

• A group editing session where ten images will be chosen from the Week 2 assignment out of the entire class pool of images.

• A discussion about identifying themes in your work and creating a point of view.

• An introduction to “using exposure” and “color or black and white” as compositional tools

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

Week Four

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

• A review of the work produced during the Week 3 assignment.

• A group editing session where ten images will be chosen from the Week 3 assignment out of the entire class pool of images.

• A discussion about using your successes and mistakes to help better your work.

• An introduction to using “gesture” as part of the composition of an image.

• In-class shoot to demonstrate “gesture” as a compositional tool.

• Hand out Week 4 assignment for the next class plus a reminder to bring in images from Week 4 assignment plus a final selection of images from the previous weeks’ assignments.

Week Five

• A group editing session where each student’s images will be chosen for hanging on the wall.

• A discussion about how different forms of presentation can affect how your work is perceived.

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

• Critique of everyones hanging work.

• Drinks and snacks will be provided.

• A brief discussion about Composition and Editing Level 2 and how to further pursue your interests in photography.

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

Pete Rosos

2812photography@gmail.co