The Art of Composition and Breaking the Rules

120 Minutes

As photographers, it’s our job to look for and incorporate certain aesthetics that keep a viewer interested while viewing our photographs. The aesthetics boil down to subject matter and composition. You may have heard of The Rule of Thirds and that following this guideline increases the quality of composition.

Composition and the Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds is only one element of good composition though. There are many elements of composition that make up an extraordinary photograph and in this workshop, we will discover these various elements. We will also learn when it is acceptable to break the Rule of Thirds and center your subject.


Just a few of the topics we will cover in this workshop are:

  • The Rule of Thirds
  • Lines
  • Colors
  • Texture
  • Motion
  • Contrast
  • Negative Space
  • Perspective
  • Lens choice
  • And MANY more…!


We also will also go over numerous instances where it is perfectly acceptable to break the Rule of Thirds and still have an exceptional photograph.

You will leave this workshop with a better understanding of what to look for when you are shooting to create better compositions and how to break the rules of composition and still achieve extraordinary photographs.


Requirements: Please bring your camera as well as pen and paper for notes.


About the Instructor:

Dawn M. Wayand is a professional photographer, exhibition curator,+ photography educator and founder of NYC Digital Photography Workshops. Having published almost 100 feature photography articles and gear reviews since late-2015, Dawn has written for the Adorama Learning Center, B&H Photo and Digital Photography School. Dawn has been shooting travel, street and candid portraits since 2001 and has been working with models and actors shooting portraits, headshots and fashion through her own photography business, Dawn M. Wayand Photography, since 2014.

Dawn M. Wayand