Strong Engaging Compositions

02/17/2021 – 03/10/2021
Wed, 7pm – 9pm PST

Course Description

If you are interested in improving the quality of your photographs, then you will need to improve your composition. Composition isn’t just about understanding camera specifications; it is also about emotional engagement with your subject, which could be a person, a landscape or a still life. We will examine the elements that make up a photograph, the techniques, and rules of composition and what you need to keep in mind to achieve the best results. We will look at examples of photography to illustrate each of the concepts, and weekly assignments will be set up for you to explore these ideas on your own. Class discussion is encouraged, and weekly assignments will be critiqued.


• Access to a 35MM SLR or DSLR camera.
• The ability to download images onto your computer
• To do some basic editing (exposure control, image re-sizing and cropping)
• Email your images to the instructor

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• take better photographs by applying simple, easy to learn compositional techniques
• think about your images before you lift your camera
• work with your subject matter to direct the composition
• problem solve in various situations
• make your photographs look more professional

Dates and Time

February 17 – March 10, 2021
Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, PST
4 Sessions

Class Platform

Virtual/Online (Zoom)

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*Registration opens: Dec 14, 2020, 10 am PST
*Last day for registration: Feb 10, 2021, 11:59 pm PST

Instructor Bio

Margot Hartford has been a commercial photographer in the Bay Area for over 20 years. Her work includes lifestyle, portraiture, and interiors. Clients include Oracle, VISA, UCSF, and the United Way. Interior clients include architects, interiors designers, various shelter magazines and Houzz. Her commercial website is: