Aldeburgh Composition Masterclass – Saturday 9th July 8am – 11am
Landscape photography is all about making a successful image from the scene in front of you. Even if your view is dominated by amazing scenery it doesn’t follow that you will produce a stunning image without giving some serious thought to your composition. Similarly mundane scenery doesn’t mean you will come away with a dull image. It is all about your interpretation of what is in front of you and how you translate that into an image. In short composition is the key to a great image.
Aldeburgh is best known for its iconic Scallop Shell sculpture created by Maggi Hambling and for its connections with composer Benjamin Britten. It has changed little over the years and the traditional seaside town is still very much in evidence. Fishermen continue to launch their boats from the beach and return to sell their catch from the black wooden sheds on the shore. The town thrives with a mix of old and new and there some lovely buildings and interesting architecture along the seafront. In the summer the beach comes blooms with swaths of red valerian which add colour and contrast to the fishing boats.
This workshop is focused on photographic composition. Starting at the town’s iconic Scallop Shell and working our way along the beach we will explore various aspects of composition including identifying subjects, finding a viewpoint, working with supporting elements, adding depth and incorporating lines, shapes, patterns and textures.
We will look at the common ‘rules of composition’ versus a more spontaneous approach based on contemplative techniques.
Aldeburgh beach can be a chaotic place and challenging compositionally. Sometimes a successful image is as much about what to leave out as what to include. With this in mind we will work on framing techniques and way to simplify scenes and cut out unwanted elements.
This workshop is a 3 hour workshop and includes course notes and a copy of my Composition Workbook.