This course can be applied toward a program:

Online: Cohort-based

Great photos don’t just happen. A good photographer is able to build a compelling photo by composing the elements in the frame in very particular ways for specific purposes. In this course, you learn the core concepts of how to frame your shots, including applying the rule of thirds; using leading lines to draw the eye; incorporating texture, shadows, repetition and contrast to add interest and drama; and applying colour theory to capture and hold the attention of the viewer.

This is an online cohort-based course. You can complete the course at a time and place of your choosing. However, be mindful of weekly deadlines and expect to commit 3-4 hours a week. There will be an optional one-hour live Q&A session with an instructor each week.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Articulate the feature you want to capture in an image and emphasize it
  • Compose a balanced image by changing perspective or modifying the elements of a scene
  • Tell a story using techniques such as framing to suggest a narrative
  • Apply the rule of thirds in a variety of contexts
  • Incorporate elements of repetition, texture, shadow, contrast, and leading lines to increase the appeal of an image
  • Apply colour theory to compose a visually pleasing image


Module 1: Workflow and Rule of Thirds

Module 2: Find It and Emphasize It

Module 3: Posing Humans

Module 4: Visual Toolkit

Module 5: Balance, Mood, What Makes an Image Pleasing


Evaluation Method


Required Materials

  • Learner must have access to a digital SLR camera
  • Learner will need a computer with microphone and webcam to attend Q&A sessions


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Course Reference Number (CRN) 93005

Instructor Kathleen Fraese

Important dates

  • Oct 7 12 a.m. Orientation Module Opens
  • Oct 15 7 – 8 p.m. Q&A Session (Optional)
  • Oct 22 7 – 8 p.m. Q&A Session (Optional)
  • Oct 29 7 – 8 p.m. Q&A Session (Optional)
  • Nov 5 7 – 8 p.m. Q&A Session (Optional)
  • Nov 12 7 – 8 p.m. Q&A Session (Optional)