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Composition and Visual Perception

the rhetoric of still-life


DURATION: 4 weeks with 12 months access
FEE: €129 (VAT incl.)

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Composition is one of the major subjects in all the art disciplines: painting, photography; even music or sculpture. In this course, we'll dive into the still-life genre: from analyzing 17th century still life paintings, to studying contemporary photographs.

It is important to understand that photography, like any other visual art, cannot operate in a vacuum and has to absorb rules and guidelines from past and present. Without studied composition, despite the technical virtuosity, there is no good image. Composition is putting elements together in harmony, creating a balanced yet visually attractive image that tells us a story without being strictly narrative.

Knowledge is required to have the freedom to create.

We'll also consider the role of psychology and intuition in still-life, and the implications of our daily lives in how we perceive images. All aspects of our lives influence the way we perceive images and the way we create them. 


How it works

This is an interactive self-paced online course. That means you are going to be able to access it whenever you want. At any time, day or night, whenever you have a computer, smartphone or tablet and internet connection.

The duration of the course is 4 weeks, with 12 months access. Lessons will be published following a schedule during four weeks. Then, you will have a total of 12 months to keep accessing and studying the course's contents. 

You will find written lessons, examples, photographs, quizzes that autocorrect, analysis, assignments for your own practice, an internal instagram, and so on. Everything is thought so you can take the course and enjoy it at your own pace.

Topics covered

From the 17th century to nowadays
Non-narrative still life
How to read an image
A conventional view of composition
Techniques vs. instinct
Understanding visual elements
Psychology and Imagery
Gradients and depth
The importance of details


What do I need?

A computer, smartphone or tablet and internet connection.

Who is this course aimed at?

This course is not only aimed at photographers, but also at any creatives that want to dive into the composition and visual perception world. This course's contents can be applied to several areas of visual arts.

What type of course is this?

This is an interactive self-paced course. Everything is thought so you can take the course at your own pace.

Do I have to be in class at certain times?

No, not at all. You are going to be able to access it whenever you want.

How am I going to access the course?

You will receive the access credentials within 24 hours after purchasing the course.

Any further questions?

Contact us here.