The composition of a photograph is the single most important element a photographer uses to convey an artistic statement. What’s included, excluded and the arrangement of elements within the frame is all part of composition.
This class will teach you techniques to improve the composition of your photos with hands-on shooting experience coupled with feedback.
Join instructor Michael Koren as you learn about composition in the Renwick Gallery and outdoors around the Old Executive Office Building. The class begins with a lesson and viewing examples of compositional techniques from master photographers to help you when composing your own photographs.
We'll then go to specific locations to practice those composition techniques and participants will have free time to photograph at the museum and in the area.
We’ll follow up with a gentle critique and feedback of your best work of the day.
This class is about "seeing" stronger images. Any camera will do from DSLRs to mobile phones. If you are bringing a DSLR or mirrorless camera, lenses in the range of 18-135 would work well. No tripods allowed for this class.
COVID Safety Practices: We ask that you please wear a mask for the indoor portion of this class.
Questions can be directed to Marie Joabar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class limit: 8
What People Are Saying About Michael
"He is excellent with adult learners — great deal of patience, humor, and kindness. I would love to take another class with him!"
"Michael is fantastic. So articulate, instructive, and patient!! We all were saying at the end of the class how amazing the afternoon had been!"
"I was blown away by the class!!! Much more then I expected it to be! I can’t wait to take more! I loved the way he explained things and the order he did stuff in made lots of sense. You can tell he is a seasoned teacher, and an experienced photographer who also loves it! Can’t wait to squeeze more of his classes into my schedule...."
“I thought the class was a good mix of class time with history, concepts, guidance, how-to-approach and then practice time on the streets of DC. Michael provided very good direction as well as hands-on tutoring in the field. Very happy with the class.”
“I wanted to write to say how much I enjoyed the class. My first experience going around with a photographer seeing what catches his eye and it was so great you were pointing out pictures I could get. So relaxing!”
“Michael's presentation was comprehensive and very instructive. He provided excellent suggestions for finding opportunities while in the field, including how to use background, shadows, gestures, etc.”
Instructor: Michael Koren
Michael Koren is a free-lance sports and event photographer in the Washington/Baltimore metro area specializing in youth sports game-time action and team portraits. Prior to this Michael worked professionally shooting model portfolios, corporate portraits, product photography for catalogs, and client advertising campaigns.
Michael’s passion for photography is shared through his skill as a photography educator. Michael teaches classes at Montgomery College on a variety of photographic topics from mobile photography to street photography. Additionally, he has served as President and Education Chair of the Silver Spring Camera Club in Maryland. He has led numerous seminars and workshops for the Camera Club, Ritz Camera, Calumet and the former Washington School of Photography with topics ranging from beginner photography to hands-on advanced level workshops and classes.
Visit Michael’s website to learn more.
Michael teaches the following classes for Captial Photogaphy Center
* SmartPhone Photography
* Exploring Street Photography
* Photographic Composition – Essential Techniques