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Essentials of Composition

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10 Principles of Effective Images -  Two Week Series

This class is held in our large classroom measuring over 1000 square feet to ensure social distancing. This class requires face masks and is limited to 8 participants. 

Do you ever wonder why some photos catch your eye and draw you in for a closer look? Are you wanting to turn your technical knowledge into a work of art? Learning the basics of composition and design will change the way you see through the viewfinder. The visual elements defined in this two-session course are useful to all photographers who want to create more compelling images of any subject. This is the perfect follow-up course for students who have completed the Manual Camera Control Bootcamp

Topics Covered

• Color
• Composition
• Space
• Light
• Texture/Surface
• Timing


This is an intermediate class for photographers who can shoot comfortably in manual mode and who are wanting to learn more about the creative decision making that leads to strong images.


Learn to consider your choices in photography both through presentations and homework. The objective is to provide not only knowledge but also training in the skills required to use a camera easily and author images intentionally. Taking this class will allow you to enhance further learning in any area of photography with any camera. This class is a follow-up to Manual Exposure Bootcamp.

Schedule and Format

The class is taught in two sessions of two hours each. After the first session, homework is assigned and students will email their images to the instructor. The images are evaluated and all students will receive feedback based on the assignment. 

Required Equipment

• Camera with manual controls preferably with interchangeable lenses
• A memory card with space on it
• A fully charged battery
• Note-taking Supplies


Unless otherwise stated, all classes are at our north location, 2438 W Anderson Lane.

About the Instructor

The instructor for this class is Austin photographer and PCV Sales Staff member Ian McEnroe. Ian has taught photography and worked in the camera industry for over 15 years in retail sales and as a Certified Photographic Consultant. Ian has trained students of all levels including professionals. He specializes in Nikon camera training and has experience with virtually all makes and models of digital cameras. Ian and his wife are the creators of the award-winning cooking blog Yes,More Please! which features his creative food photography. 

Please review our class cancellation policy below. 

Class Cancellations

Tier 1: Standard Classes
You can cancel a class registration up to two business days before the class begins and receive a full refund for standard classes. If you register for a tier 1 class and do not show up, your payment will be forfeited. You may reschedule a class only if notice is given before the start time of the class. Unless otherwise stated, class refunds are only issued to customers that provide notice to the store that they would like a refund no later than two business days prior to the class. Refunds will not be issued to customers who sign up for a class but fail to attend.

Minimum Enrollment
Each class needs a minimum number of students to enroll before the class can “make.” If the minimum enrollment has not been met two business days before the class begins, the class will be cancelled. All students who enrolled in the class will be notified by telephone or email, and may transfer to a different class or be issued a refund (see refund procedure). We encourage all students to enroll as soon as registration begins. Please check your phone and email messages, including your SPAM.

How to Reschedule or Cancel a Class
Please contact the store at 512-467-7676 or email to cancel a class. Class cancellations or requests to be rescheduled that are sent through other channels, such as Facebook or messages, will not be honored.


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