Urban Compositions Safari

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"These 3 exercises, were a turning point on how I viewed photography. Frankly, I finally got it. Thanks Harry. You are very gifted with the ability to teach! Harry, you have the gift for simplifying the complexity of photography..." C.K. Ottawa

Urban Composition Safari

Urban Compositions Safari

An urban compositions photography event. You bet! We will venture on an all day composition safari of stimulating and challenging urban masterpieces in central Ottawa/Gatineau. The course is designed to extend your visual limits - to help you recognize the exceptional within the ordinary.

We begin by learning about the "Importance of Creative Observation!" All too often photographers rush to photograph the obvious and do not take the time to consume and breathe the familiar landscape around them. This will be our starting point!

As the course develops we will spend time exploring theory of composition and perspective and, more importantly, putting them into practice! We cover elements of composition, colour, perspective, as well as, creative use of focus and depth of field. We will have a chance to learn about and play with different qualities of light.

While ideas and exercises are presented to the group we spend one-on-one time with each participant challenging them to expand their photographic horizons at a pace that is good for them.

Urban Composition Safari

What You Will Learn

The Urban Compositions Safari photo will challenge your ideas about:

  • the importance of creative observation
  • compositional & perspective elements
  • elements of line, form
  • motion in a landscape
  • maximizing creative potential of weather and sun
  • and MORE!


You may choose one day or both. We will visit different locations and try different exercises.

July 14th, 6am-noon; 2012
July 15th, 1-7pm; 2012


$175 + taxes for one day
$300 + taxes for both days


We'll be visiting central Ottawa/Gatineau locations to take advantage of light, weather and opportunities


Opportuniteis for critique will be offered online with top photos to be displayed at Ottawa Studio Works


Space is limited! A $125 deposit is required to reserve your spot.

Or to register through a real, live human with credit card or cheque contact us by email or by phone at 819-827-9460.

Small print and registration details.

"Is this a digital or film course?"

It is a photography course - about creating better pictures. The emphasis is on your skills behind the camera and your ability to effectively use the camera you have. Many participants bring digital cameras. Some choose film. Some bring both! Having people with both technologies on a course helps to compare the differences. Do not worry about your equipment - all you need is a 35mm SLR camera and lens(es) - "Point and shoot" cameras are welcome but will limit your opportunities on this course.

Urban Composition Safari