Class Overview

Focus on Composition in Photography 1 - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College
Dandy Old Havanas

The camera does not make the photograph, it takes the photograph.

Focus on Composition in Photography 2 - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College
Tramp Harbor, Sunrise
Vashon Island, WA


Only the person behind the camera makes the photograph -- deciding where to point the camera, what to include and what not to, and when to press the shutter button.

Knowing the many principles of design in all visual art, from painting to photography, makes the difference between simply a technically-sound photograph and one that is compelling and evocative.

Learn to improve your photography experience and results by practicing with guidance from a professional.

Gain experience through photography assignments and a experience a session shooting photos out "on location."

Benefit from sharing your results with the class and receiving new perspectives on your images through group feedback.

Explore what makes compelling composition and great design in images.

Discover how to adjust your camera settings to get the results you want or to experiment with creative techniques.

Bring five of your own photographs on a flash drive or as small prints to the first class to share as part of your introduction.

Required equipment: any digital camera, ideally a point and shoot, digital SLR or mirrorless camera. A smart phone can work, too, either as a supplemental or primary camera. You will also need a flash drive for bringing photographs to class.

Focus on Composition in Photography 3 - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College
Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
September 2014
Focus on Composition in Photography 4 - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College
J-Pod Ruffles Breaching off Maury Island & Tacoma, WA
Ray Pfortner - September 25, 1994

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will gain a broader understanding, familiarity and knowledge of:

  • The principles of evocative design from painting and photography.
  • Basic camera handling and settings.
  • Creative camera settings and techniques.
  • A higher visual literacy.
  • Composing images.

Who Should Take This Class?

Anyone with a passion for photography, young and old.

People who uses photography to capture travel or local experiences for sharing, showing or selling.

Everyone who uses photography as an artistic reference to render later in the medium of their choice, from painting to drawing to print making, or for elements in collage and mixed media.

Session Details

  • Class ID: 6245
  • Instructor: Ray Pfortner
  • When: 6 Tuesdays; 2/18/20-3/17/20, 6-8:30 PM and Saturday, 3/7, 2-5 PM
  • Total Number of Hours: 15.5
  • Where: Broadway Edison Building, Room 2125; 1701 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122
  • Fee: $199
  • Additional Notes: The class will go to another location to shoot on 3/7 between 2-5 PM. The location will be selected no later than the 3/3 session.