Photographic Composition


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Instructor: Chris Stambaugh
Course Date: May 18, 2021 to June 8, 2021
This course takes place from 2:00 PM to 2:59 PM:
Tuesdays, Thursdays

SKU: W14 Category:

While this class is taught by a professional photographer, the concepts apply to all visual artistic mediums. During this class you will learn the most important basic compositional concepts including: effective composition guidelines, use of leading lines, color harmony, proper positioning of subject matter, creation of strong focal points, the rule of thirds, eliminating distractions, tonal controls and more. The major topics discussed will be the elements of space, line, color, tone, shape, texture and form. The proper use of negative space, visual balance and story-telling are also discussed. Optional photography assignments will be given to offer opportunities to practice the concepts discussed in class and give students some fun ideas to explore creative photography.


Chris Stambaugh graduated from the NAIT photography program in 1989 and opened his own business in 1990. Over the years he has earned a reputation as a leader in the photographic industry and as one of Edmonton’s top ranked photographers.  Chris has been an active volunteer in his industry and has served as President of the Alberta Professional Photographers association and  as President of the Professional Photographers of Canada. He is accredited in various specialties of photography and has earned the Master of Photographic Arts designation from the Professional Photographers of Canada and an honorary fellowship in the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers of the United Kingdom. The professional Photographers of Canada have also awarded Chris with the designation “Service of Photographic Arts” and “Honorary Lifetime Member” for his hard work and dedication to his profession.

His work has been recognized worldwide and has won numerous awards for individual images both provincially and nationally. Most notably, he is a five time finalist for Alberta Portrait Photographer of the year and was once a finalist for Canadian Photographer of the Year. Twice he has won the award for “best wedding album” in Canada.  One of Chris’ new passions is that of an educator. Chris owns and operates the BURWELL SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY. Chris currently offers instruction at or has taught at The Burwell School of Photography, Edmonton Public Schools – METRO Continuing Education, NAIT Continuing Education and the University of Alberta – Faculty of Continuing Education (ELLA PROGRAM).

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