Dynamic Composition for Visual Storytellers
© Anja Hitzenberger
Dynamic Composition for Visual Storytellers
© Anja Hitzenberger

Dynamic Composition for Visual Storytellers

Dates: Thursdays, Jan 18–Feb 15, 2024
Time: 12–2pm (ET)
Sessions: 5
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $360
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In this live online photography course, you’ll refine your composition skills and improve your photographic seeing to help you tell stronger stories with your pictures. Through weekly exercises, including taking pictures in urban environments, you’ll learn a variety of compositional tools that will help you develop a heightened sensitivity to your surroundings. We’ll also cover how you can creatively incorporate lines, shadows, colors, and people into the composition of your image, and during group critique we’ll discuss effective editing techniques and analyze what works in an image — and what doesn’t. For inspiration we’ll take a look at historical and contemporary photographers and study their approaches to image composition and storytelling. By the end of the course, students will have stronger visual skills and will perceive their surroundings in new ways.

A special highlight of this class will be a live online tour through the exhibition Paparazzi! at WestLicht Photography Museum in Vienna with curator Fabian Knierim. This exhibition explores the history and aesthetics of paparazzi photography, its uses, and its controversies. It features works by some of the most iconic figures in the genre like Ron Galella, Tazio Secchiaroli, and Marcello Geppetti, among others, as well as appropriations of the paparazzi style by the likes of Helmut Newton, Anton Corbijn, and Alison Jackson. WestLicht, located in the heart of Vienna, is one of Austria’s premier venues for showcasing photography.

This class is presented in a new collaboration between StrudelmediaLive and WestLicht Photography Museum in Vienna, Austria.

I have learned much from Anja and StrudelmediaLive classes. She and the other teachers are very well accomplished on the technical and artistic sides of photography, helping me to grow in both areas. Anja has a creative mind and is very pleasant to work with — very important traits for a photography mentor. I look forward to more classes with her and the other teachers.
—Jay (Oakland)
I've been enjoying all of the courses that I take through StrudelmediaLive. I find them motivating and fun, and I feel part of a community. You are building something wonderful.
—Cristina (Minneapolis)

Anja Hitzenberger
Anja Hitzenberger
Anja Hitzenberger is a photographer, filmmaker, consultant, and educator. She is the founder of StrudelmediaLive, an educational platform that offers live online photography classes and more to people around the world. Anja studied in the Creative Practice full-time program at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City, and has been on the faculty there since 2009. She is dedicated to working with people from different cultures across the globe.

Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows, film festivals, and on theater stages throughout Europe, the United States, South America, and Asia. Her photography has been published internationally and is a part of both private and institutional collections, including the International Center of Photography. She has received numerous artistic grants and has been awarded residencies in Rome, Paris, Warsaw, Beijing, and Tainan (Taiwan). A focus of her activities has been working with live performance, including producing a multimedia piece that toured in New York City, Austria, and Korea.

Anja has been teaching live online photography classes since 2015, as well as in-person workshops in New York, Europe, China, and Taiwan. Originally from Salzburg, Austria, she divides her time between New York and Vienna.

Anja teaches visual storytelling, environmental portraits, critique groups, and how movies can inspire your photography for StrudelmediaLive.