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Online Photographic Composition Workshop

Tutor: Eva Kalpadaki
Online via Skype 
Next date: Sunday 10 May from 10:30am to 5:30pm - CANCELLED 

Please email info@evolutionarts.org.uk if you would be interested in this workshop, a bespoke photographic workshop for you and your friends or a 1:1 session with Eva.

There will be a break in the workshop offline for taking your own photographs followed by an online feedback session.


This workshop aims to introduce you to the fundamental rules of composition in Photography.

You will learn simple rules and techniques in how to achieve a pleasing and balanced composition of any scene.

Suitable for beginners with knowledge of the basics of photography but also for those who would like to refresh their understanding of photographic composition.


 At the end of the workshop you will be able to:

 - demonstrate a critical understanding of the basic composition rules by identifying and discussing different elements of it in a number of different photographs

- demonstrate a practical engagement with composition rules and techniques by taking your own photographs

- critically reflect on the making of your own images and discuss the process behind them in terms of how you used the rules of composition in your photographs

General Workshop Outline

10:30- 11:30 am: Introductions – online setting up for everybody

Online Theory session – explaining and demonstrating the basic rules of composition with student contributions and questions.

11:45am: Break for offline practice - Play Time

You will be taking photographs on your own implementing theory into practice. You can work on specific themes I will be giving you or you can choose to shoot freely. During the offline practice you will be working on your own. Once you finish shooting, check your photos and select about 10 to email me. This number might change depending on the number of participants. I need to receive the images by 3:30pm the latest so that I have them all ready and start sharing them with you all when we go back online at 4:30pm.

4:30 - 5:30 pm: Online Feedback session

Looking at each other’s photographs, commenting on them in a non-judgemental environment, suggesting new ideas and reflecting on the process of how you used the composition rules in your photographs.


After the end of the workshop I will be sending you e-handouts by email

Camera guidelines

Ideally, a DSLR camera is the best type of camera you can have if you want to really explore, or even just experiment with photography. However, you can bring any camera you have or even a phone camera and still benefit from the workshop.

For any questions contact eva@evakalpadaki.co.uk

Camera guidelines

  1. All types of cameras with a Manual Shooting Mode (M) are suitable for this workshop. This includes compact point and shoot cameras, bridge and mirrorless cameras as well as DSLRs. As long as your camera has manual functions, then you are good to go. You can even bring a film camera if you want to experience the analogue way of taking photographs.

    If you do not have a camera already and you are interested in buying one, then go to a shop and try out a number of cameras that are available.  You might want to think about the following questions:  Does it feel good in your hands? Is it light or heavy? Does it have a good grip when you hold it to shoot? What is the menu system like? Easy and clear to navigate or very complex? Consider your photography needs and your budget and buy a camera that feels good to hold and easy to use.​

About the tutor

Eva Kalpadaki was born in Greece. After she was awarded a Greek State Foundation scholarship she moved to UK to complete a PhD in Arts and Communication at UCA. She is a qualified teacher holding a PGCE teaching certificate from the University of Brighton. She is currently working as a fine art photographer and photography tutor. In her artistic practice she is not using the photographic medium to produce a record and a document of the world, which is what we usually expect to see in a photograph. She is using it to question the nature of photography and to cause a tension in what we are looking at. She is playing between representation and abstraction. She was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2008 exhibition among numerous solo and group shows. www.playingandreality.co.uk

twitter : @abstractionista


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eva_kalpadaki/


Eva covered so much ground in a short space of time.  I feel really confident to use my camera in manual mode and try different things.

Excellent teaching.  Broad range of camera techniques