Maine Professional Photographers Association
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Advanced Composition

  • October 06, 2022
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online Via ZOOM
  • 67


  • May apply up to 3 program fees to membership dues if application submitted within same fiscal year.

Registration is closed

Program Description: 

Advanced Composition - All Skill Levels

Class Type - Lecture

What can take an image from a good one to a great one? Deep understanding of subjects like the crop, colors, lines, and other more subtle details can take your photography to the next level. The composition is critical and you don't want to get stuck on the plateau thinking that the "rule of thirds" is the best way to layout an image, as it is only the beginning! In this compelling class, we will cover many topics that will open your mind and allow you to create a higher level of art. We will look at examples from some of the great master painters and photographers, break down those concepts, and then apply them to our photography. It will be eye-opening and will certainly change the way you approach your photography.

This class will be recorded and available to view online for 30 days!

About Scott Detweiler: 

Memberships and Degrees:

  • PPA Master of Photography
  • PPA Photographic Craftsman
  • Camera Craftsmen of America (CCA)
  • PPA of Nothern Illinois (PPANI)

I have also been an artist and painter since I was pretty young when I worked with pen & ink, marker, and acrylics. I became interested in Photoshop when it still came on floppy disks. My motivation to focus on photography came when I realized that it was never truly mine, mentally or legally, no matter how I modified an image. I could paint or manipulate the image for hours or days and never actually own it. The decision to start shooting stock started me on the journey I am on today. My initial challenges were lighting-related. I could envision the image I wanted, but getting the lights to cooperate was a constant source of frustration. To get past this, I shot as often as possible, and by changing small variables each time, I learned how my alterations affected my images. As a Physics major, I enjoy the technical aspects of photography. I like to know my camera settings, angles, focus depth, fall-off, and other elements of the scene that directly affect the result. By understanding these things, it becomes much easier to make creative decisions. Our studio challenges each other to set up complete scenes and take a single photo without test shots. This has dramatically improved our abilities to create successful scenes from our imagination, even on location or group shoots where planning isn't much of an option. We are always learning and trying new ideas. Most of my work is now commercial photography, retouching, boudoir, fine-art, and 3D modeling photography. I also do corporate headshots, catalog, and magazine work but love the occasional commission for something much more artistic. Teaching others is something I enjoy doing via workshops, speaking engagements, or traveling to shoots as often as possible. I also do themed shoots, seminars on lighting, posing, and post-production seminars that are open to the public at my studio near Milwaukee, WI. I love passing on my knowledge to those now facing similar frustrations with the technical aspects of this fantastic artistic outlet.

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