Cognitive Composition™

An Advanced Beginner / Intermediate Photography Workshop

If you want to take your photography to the next level you have to really understand what you are shooting and why… and that’s what Cognitive Composition™ is all about. It’s about thinking, reasoning, relating, perceiving and, ultimately, creating art. The course does not require an extensive technical knowledge, but it is best suited for people who are serious about making better images as we’ll deal with both conceptual and technical aspects of creating powerful images.


 This is not your common “how to use your camera” workshop, but rather we’ll be delving into the creative process and how to use your camera to create photographs, and not merely take pictures. The workshop will be taught by Henry Rowan, who is a professional, national award winning photographer. Henry’s approach to teaching photography is very different and rooted in his concepts of Cognitive Composition™ and Non-Existent Imagery, which results in a fun and inventive learning environment. It is listed as an “advanced beginner” course not because it requires exceptional technical expertise, but rather because it will challenge and expand your creative vision and you need to be open to it.   


“One should study the science of photography if you want to be a scientist. If you want to be an artist with a camera, then learn what you need to know to create your vision and keep learning as that vision expands. At that point you are excited, interested, and driven to learn new techniques because they have meaning to you.” – Henry Rowan


 Workshop Curriculum

  • Cognitive Composition™ (Pre Visualization, Visualization and Post Visualization)
  • Advanced Understanding of Exposure (Controlling Tonality and Textures)
  • Using Different Lenses and their Focal Lengths Effectively and Creatively
  • Advanced Understanding of Depth of Field and its Creative Potential
  • Concepts of Postproduction 


All participants must provide and be familiar with the use of a DSLR, have an understanding of their camera’s settings, and basic knowledge of exposure (aperture, shutter speed and ISO). Participants also need access to a computer outside of class time. Photo editing software is a plus.

Advanced Beginner/Intermediate 5 Sessions

January 31st, February 7, 14, and 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm. One additional location shooting session will be arranged by group consensus.  

$225.oo Members        $250.00 Non- Members


Workshop and Class Venue

PA Center For Photography 

181 East Court Street 

Doylestown, Pa 18901 

(The building with the circular driveway diagonally across from Salem Church.) 

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Registration and Payment

Please email or call 215-989-2630 for questions and to register.

Please send check payable to “PA Center for Photography”

c/o Henry Rowan

3962 Regina Place

Doylestown, PA 18902


“Composition is much more than where image elements are placed within the picture; good composition is a rational, cognitive process that requires the photographer to think rather than just click.” – Henry Rowan