The Digital Photo Guy

Improve Your Composition in Three Hours

by on Jan.26, 2011, under Composition, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photos, Photoshop CS2/4, Photoshop Elements, Webcast, Workshops

Score! Gloria Hopkins Webinar Class!

Gloria Hopkins, award winning artist, photographer and author will present a 3-hour webinar class covering her amazingly easy-to-understand concepts of composition and design. In just three short hours, your photos will improve dramatically and noticeably.

Composition is a complex topic because it means different things to different people under different circumstances. In an effort to simplify composition, many photography instructors leave out too much and make it even more mystifying. For example, many religiously follow the Rule of Thirds (RoT) and always try to place the center of interest in an RoT intersection. That can be as bad as never applying RoT. How many contort your brains to identify the Golden Mean? How many are so geeky as to actually understand how a Fibonacci spiral applies to your photographs? Gloria can reduce all that to basic concepts that anyone can understand and apply.

All my students know I hammer cropping as the single most useful technique in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Read this article by Gloria to see how she brings structure and clarity to HOW cropping can make a good photo even better. In the webinar, Gloria will use actual photographs and a technique she developed called “compositional maps” to guide you through the process of evaluating and enhancing photos. Not only will you learn how to compose photos, you’ll also learn how to evaluate photos so you can more quickly sort winners from losers. No more agonizing whether a photo is compositionally salvageable or a lost cause.

Now, obviously, this information is Gloria’s intellectual property (IP) meaning this is how she makes her living so she can’t just give it away anymore than I can give away photography classes. But, I’ve made it so everyone can afford to attend this webinar. Buy Gloria’s 146-page e-book Natural Design and I’ll deduct the entire amount from the cost of the webinar. All you have to do is send me a copy of the PayPal receipt and I’ll deduct $19.99 from the webinar fee. You have my word that this is the easiest, quickest way to improve your compositions.

What if you don’t want the e-book? I think that’s a mistake but some people just don’t learn as well through reading so here’s a different offer. Register for any one of my “hands-on” workshops over $100 and I’ll deduct the entire webinar fee ($49) from the workshop price (new registrations only.)

Still not satisfied? If you’re a former student, you’re always eligible for 10% or 20% discount depending on how many paid classes you’ve taken with me. A few of my students have reached an exalted “Frequent Learner” status where they qualify for 50% discounts on all webinars and workshops.

The registration page is HERE but please also check out Gloria’s website and order her book. During the webinar, you can ask her about things you don’t understand. There’s nothing like having the author explain her thought process when she wrote the book. If you have questions, post them in the Comments section because I’m sure there are others with the same questions.

Black Rapid, Topaz Labs, MediaChance and Everimaging have donated door prizes for this webinar. In all, we have 18 gifts donated by four companies. Follow this link to read about all the cool gifts we’re giving away during these webinars. Link to More

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4 Comments for this entry

  • Doug

    Hi Lee,
    Sounds like a great class. I would like to attend depending on when it is offered.

    • Lee

      Hi Doug,
      The date is still up in the air but, not to worry, as an Exalted Frequent Learner, you’ll have free access to the recording after the webinar.

  • Betsy

    Hey Lee, I just bought the book. My attendance at the webinar will depend on when it is held, but I thought the book was worth it anyway. I know you will keep us posted!

    • Lee

      Thanks BK,
      I don’t make a penny from the sale of Gloria’s book. I just think it’s the best description and explanation of composition I’ve ever read. As soon as I read her book, I contacted her about conducting a webinar for my readers. I hope my readers will agree that Gloria’s book and webinar are the best investments they’ve ever made in their photography efforts.

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