What others are saying:
You’ve inspired me and made me understand what vision is: something made real through creative work. And you’ve taught me how to use tools and techniques that will make my vision come to life. You’ve taught me that I’m an artist who happens to use a camera.
“You are my source of inspiration, after several years being away from photography, You gave me the tools to express myself and you know very well how important and valuable this process is for our existence as human beings.”
“He always reminds you that you’re better than you were yesterday and will be even better tomorrow.
But be warned! If you become Jim’s student, you will not be just learning techniques. You will find yourself on a path into the imagination.”
Included in this course!
Plus, more fun and learning than you could pack into a college course!
One of the most difficult things for any photographer to master is the art of composition. Composing a compelling photograph is about much more than the four points available to us on the Rule of Thirds grid. In our hearts, we all know that doesn’t work.
Composition is about so much more! It’s about relationship and proportion. It’s about contrast, color, and light. It’s about the underlying story that you, as an artist, are trying to grasp in order to share it with others. More often than not, they all come together on the head of a pin and can topple into a mess If pushed too hard in one direction or another. Composition is about finding and maintaining the tension point created by the interplay of all these things.
This course is designed to enable you to navigate this delicate balance with ease and grace so you can produce photographs that captivate your audience. And you’ll be able to do it on demand. This is no small feat. Beyond Compensation delivers the goods!
Jim has been teaching aspects of this approach with great success in workshops around the world. He is a veteran of the classroom and is a seasoned working artist. Many of his students have become award winning photographers. This method has been tested in both the classroom and in the field and IT WORKS!
Prologue: On The Street
On Location with Jim,
Art & Vision with Neale Zingle,
The Challenge of Shooting Large Scale Architecture
1. Introduction To Dynamic Symmetry
What It Is and Why It’s Important
Simple and Perfect, EVERY Time
Rule of Thirds, We Hardly Knew Ye
2. Why It Works, Part One
Movement in Still Photographs: Creation and Analysis
Seeing “Fresh”: Old Ways Made New
Tying Into Black & White Artistry’s Contrast Models
3. Why It Works, Part Two
Creating An Anchor and Finding Relationship
Taking Complete Control Of The Frame
WHY Some Things Just Don’t Work
4. Easy Editing On The Grid
Foolproof Editing From A Fool Who Knows
Demo: Total Victory In Minutes Using Only Curves And A Mouse
The End Of “Guessing”
5. Workflow #1
Don’t Search For It, Nail It Instead
Of Angles And Spirals
Geometry Does All The Heavy Lifting
6. Workflow #2
Breaking It Down To Basics
A Black Castle
The Magic Formula: Contrast and Diagonals
7. Workflow #3
Connecting Through Dynamics And Simplicity
The Primal Connection: Moving With The Grid
Color Grading And Creating Light
What is Beyond Composition?
It couldn’t BE more different. Other instructors may cover the technical and mechanical aspects of these tools, but Jim digs deep into the artistic application of this method, investigating not just how to use these tools, but why anyone should. Because of his 40 years of experience across many art forms, he makes connections that no one else makes. It’s not the tools that are different, it’s how he uses them and what he gets out of them that makes this such a unique experience.
- 4+ Hours of Premium Video Content!
- The 8 videos in this package are filled with high level instruction that only a working artist and professional educator can provide.
- There are 3 full workflows in the course.
- Also included are 9 work along and practice images, 8 computer grids, 20 custom color grading gradients, and 4 pressure sensitive brushes for thoes that use Wacom Tablets.
- The course includes comprehensive discussions about discovering your vision, making art with intention and purpose, contrast strategies, simplifying your post processing approach, practical strategies for fieldwork, and a video made of Jim doing an architectural shoot. All this, plus the ususal helping of practical tips and techniques on Photoshop and photography in general. You’ll get Jim’s unique insights and instruction as you learn the same methods he uses in his own work. Nothing is held back!
The entire course is conducted in Adobe Camera RAW CC and Photoshop CC. The brushes are for use on a Wacom tablet only. The Nik Collection is occasionally used to demonstrate creative options only but is not required or necessary to get the most out of this course.
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All Educational Videos
3 Full Workflows
Follow Along Images
Extra Practice Images
Custom Gradients and Brushes
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