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Course by Matt Kloskowski
Inside the Composition
Learn Composition for Life!
19 Powerful Composition Topics
Each Topic is approximately 15-20 Minutes Long
Want a peek inside the course? No sweat! Just Click Here and you can see the FULL online course outline, as well as watch a free module (Section 2 is Free) in the course. (Opens in new window)
Rules and When to Break Them
Tips to Help "See"
Foreground vs Sky
Theory of Triangles and Diagonals
Pattern and Texture
Foreground Deep Dive
Focus and Depth of Field
When and How to Include the Sun or Moon
Getting Super Low
Horizontal or Vertical?
The Power of Compositional Layers
When Panos Work?
How WILL YOU Learn?
Find out more about my new way to teach composition (45 – 60 seconds each)
Step 1: Reviewing Photos That Span Over 15 Years
The first way I’ll teach you composition is by reviewing my photos (and others) as we cover each concept in composition. You’ll see real examples of how these concepts are put to practice in multiple locations.
Step 2: Through the Camera Lens Videos
Lessons that have “In the field” videos are done by watching me compose a scene through the lens. You’ll see what the camera sees as I move the camera and change position and focal length.
Step 3: Self-Paced Assignements
I have a hard truth for you… you can’t get better at this stuff just by watching videos. You have to put in the effort and these (self-paced) assignments will help guide you.
Make this Your Best Photography Year Yet!
“This course will teach you compositional concepts that will last a lifetime and always keep you challenged.”
What does “Learn Composition for Life!” really mean?
It means this course will teach you the fundamentals of how to see. My favorite composition quote is from Elliott Erwitt who said:
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE WAY YOU SEE THEM.”
These lessons will get to the roots of seeing good composition and will make you better equipped to make great photos anywhere – not just in the amazing National Parks, and/or hard-to-reach locations that many other courses concentrate on.
I really think this is the right course for right now – the timing is perfect.
As you begin to feel more comfortable traveling, I think the concepts you learn from this course will prepare you for all of the places you want to go.
However, in general (and having ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with a pandemic), NOT everyone can travel to iconic locations all of the time. And the problem is that so many composition courses are taught using these iconic locations. My goal with “Inside the Composition” is to teach you how to SEE so that you can make a interesting, unique, and beautiful compositions where ever you are.
In fact, my favorite stories are when people tell me they have a better sense of searching out wonderful photos that may have been waiting nearby, so it’s now easier for them to enjoy photography any time (not just when they travel to an iconic place).
Staying Near Home?… or Traveling?
“For me… composition is about one thing… the way we see things and I want to teach you how to see things in a different and more interesting way than you’re used to.”
Self-Paced Assignments that will get you to take action
You already know this, but you can’t get better without practice. Watching the videos is a great start but I’ve carefully put together assignement for most of those videos to get you to take action.
These are self paced practice assignments. They don’t require travel (although you can if you want) and often involve you reviewing your own photos with a specific eye toward a concrete improvement you can make.
Purchase the Course
Price is in US Dollars
One Time Payment
Includes All Course Videos ***
Available to Stream Online or Download
19 Modules with 41 Individual Lessons
***Important Note: Due to the high quality and longer video nature of this course, the download version is extremely large (over 10 GB). I urge you to take advantage of the “online streaming” version in your MY ACCOUNT area rather than downloading it. If you do decide to download, please be patient and understand that it is 5 times larger than most of my other courses and will take much longer.
Course Duration: Over 10 Hours of Video
Take a look below at what’s included with this course.
This is the main part of the course. Each purchase option includes the main course. There are 19 Modules / Section. Within each module there are a combination of lessons where we talk about the topic at hand, some “In the Field” lessons and/or some form of assignment and practice lesson.
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This is a 34 page PDF document that can serve as a refresher to read up on topics covered in the videos. The document is a PDF file that can be downloaded to your computer and you can print it on your own if you’d like.
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You will LOVE this one! It’s a small PDF meant to put on your phone. It lists out a 12-step field checklist that I now carry with me personally when I’m out shooting. This compositional checklist helps you remember some of the key elements out there while shooting, so you don’t miss something. THIS IS INVALUABLE TO ME!
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As I mentioned in the “intro” video at the top, this course changed direction as time went on. As a result I have 8 “In the Field” videos that just don’t fit anywhere in the course. But the content is great. Each video has me out in the field walking the scene, describing what I’m thinking, and then you’ll get a look through the lens as I move around and compose the photo with thoughts, lens choise, and camera settings along the way.
30 Days From Now…
Where will you be?
In one month, for about $5 a day, you can understand the most important fundamental concept of photography in a whole new way. Or you can be exactly where you are today. It’s risk-free to try and you get a 30 day guarantee so stop waiting and take a HUGE step toward improving your photography.
Frequently asked questions
HOW CAN I WATCH THIS COURSE? ONLINE OR DOWNLOAD? HOW MANY COMPUTERS?
The course is available to stream online through mattk.com and you’ll have lifetime access. You can watch it online on up to two computers at the same time.
In most of my courses I give you the option to download the course to your computer as well. However, due to the large size and high quality videos in this course it is VERY large.
We can still allow you to download the course, however, you’ll have to manually request access by contacting support. And keep in mind the videos are large and will take a while to download (over 10 Gigabytes of files).
YOU SAY THIS COURSE IS ABOUT SEEING? IS IT FOR BEGINNERS OR ADVANCED?
First, you can always click here to watch a quick 3 minute video where I explain this better than I can write it.
I know I’m getting this question a lot so let me explain with a question back at you. How do you get better at photography? Do you sit at home learning your buttons and dials, or do you go out and shoot and actually… well… do it.
To me, it’s actually a combination of both. I think there’s a lot of merit to grabbing your camera manual and studying your buttons and dials.
But in addition to that, you have to use them. You have to get out and shoot and put yourself in as many varying shooting situations as possible.
Getting better at photo editing is similar. You have to study what the sliders do, and I think there’s plenty of courses out there that do just that.
But I created No Light No Problem to help teach more of the “why” behind the sliders and editing. Why make this area brighter or this area darker, or crop here, or open the shadows here, or add some light to this area of the photo.
For me, this process never stops. Me showing you 7 photo edits in Volume 1 doesn’t cover the entire spectrum of editing possibilites.
WHAT TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPHY DOES THIS COVER?
This is mostly about compositional techniques for landscpae, nature and outdoor photographers. To put it simply… here are some genres that ARE NOT covered at all: Street photography, portrait photography, food photography, wildlife photography, car photography, macro photography.
A lot of people ask about Astrophotography. This is not a camera settings class, so nothing about settings are covered. However, compositional rules apply to astrophotography photos as well, so you can use much of what you learn here for that too.
WILL THIS COURSE TEACH ME WHAT F-STOP TO USE OR HOW TO FOCUS?
No, this is not a technical photography course. It will teach you about how to use f-stops creatively for composition but it will not teach you what f-stop to use or how or where to focus in the photo to get sharp photos. You’ll want to research focus stacking or other photography concepts if that’s what you’re looking for.
DO I HAVE TO START THIS COURSE ON A CERTAIN DAY OR FOLLOW A SCHEDULE?
No, not at all. This is self-paced. When you purchase the course you’ll have lifetime access to it. You can watch them at any time, on your own schedule. There are no specific dates that you need to follow.
HOW LONG WILL THIS COURSE TAKE?
The course is 20 modules. Each module will take you anywhere from 15-30 minutes to watch. They’re not meant to binge, but rather to watch one module each day and absorb (and practice) that concept that you learned. Once you watch the module, how long you decide to use the practice assignments for is up to you but plan on a module taking you about an hour between watching the video and practicing.
IS THIS A LIGHTROOM OR PHOTOSHOP COURSE?
No, this is not a post processing course. However, at checkout, you will have the option to purchase an add-on of the raw files I shoot in the field during this course along with how I edit them in Lightroom, Photoshop or ON1.
HOW EXACTLY WILL YOU TEACH ME THIS?
Each module contains a core concept video, where I sit down and show photo examples that span 15 years of my photography and how we can learn what works and doesn’t work from looking at photos from all different locations (not just one national park).
Some modules contain an “Inside the Composition” or “in the Field” video where you get to see me out on location (normal places, not iconic landscapes), and you get to actually look through my camera as I move around and change focal lenth so you see exactly what the camera is seeing and how/why I compose the photo I did.
Finally, most modules contain an assignment for you to follow through to make these concepts your own. Remember, it is impossible to get better without PRACTICE. And these assignements are your roadmap to get there.
IS THIS A SUBSCRIPTION?
Nope. It’s a one time purchase. You will download these videos to your computer (or watch them online) and you can keep them and watch them whenever you’d like.
Free Bonus videos
Here are a couple of free bonus videos I did leading up to the course launch. There’s lots of tips and tricks included in them that would be useful whether you purchase the course or not.