What sort of results can I expect?

There are immediate and long-term results that you can expect with this course. In the short-term, you will be able to identify the principles of composition that make up great images. You'll be able to use these skills to quickly gauge where your images, portfolio, and Instagram feed can be improved. In the long term, you will be able to apply these principles more readily and subconsciously to your own work; gaining confidence in the designs and images you create, increasing your chances of getting published and garnering more likes on social media.

What if I'm not a photographer?

The course focuses on over 40 of the most relevant principles of design and is taught using a range of captivating, everyday images. We're confident the content will be inspiring to not only photographers but anyone with an interest in visual creation, such as interior designers, bloggers, stylists, florists, hobbyists, or avid Instagrammers.

Does the course cover photography skills?

The course is based on the most relevant elements of visual composition, all of which make for better imagery. The course does not, however, focus on the technical aspects of photography such as aperture, ISO, lenses, film, etc. We highly recommend the workshops offered by Jose Villa, Erich McVey, and Jonathan Canlas if you'd like to learn more in depth on those kinds of topics.

I've been a photographer for years (or I'm already a professional artist). Would I still benefit from the course?

The course content has been guided and reviewed by very experienced professional photographers and an expert from Harvard with a masters in art education who found the content valuable for their own learning. Very seasoned photographers, stylists, even some who teach, have trained with Joy and found it beneficial. This content can affirm your existing practices as well as offer new insights in how to advance your skills.

What if I'm too busy?

We understand that you're busy and took this into account when designing the course. The course has been designed in a series of easy to digest sections that you can work through at your own pace and will be available to you for 365 days after first use.

Can I share the course with a friend (and split the payment)?

Unfortunately, no. Each license that is issued is tied to a single user - the person who purchases the course, and one single device (computer or tablet).

Can I gift this to someone?

Yes! Let us know you'd like to purchase the course as a gift and we'll hook them up.

Can I view the course on multiple platforms?

Your license will be applicable to a single device only. In other words, you will not be able to access the content on multiple devices. You can select your device of choice at the time of download.

I'm unable to pay the full amount now. Do you offer payment plans?

Yes! If you are a US resident you can purchase through Affirm and set up low monthly payment plans. For non-US residents,  PayPal Credit offers financing options allowing you to buy and receive the course now while making payments over upcoming months. For more information on choosing Paypal Credit during checkout, click here.

Do you accept credit cards and Paypal?

Yes. Our e-commerce system supports credit card payments and Paypal.

What's the format?

The course is delivered via .pdc files (proprietary encapsulations of .pdf files, created through third-party software). Upon completion of your purchase, you will receive license information and instructions on how to download the software to access the course content.

Once I've purchased the course, then what? How soon can I start?

The course is available to you for download. There are a few steps to getting there. We are using a secured platform to deliver the course content. This involves you downloading some software and registering your license; this will be explained in more detail once you've purchased the course. Immediately upon purchasing the course you will receive an email confirmation. Then, it can take up to 72 hours for the rest to be sent to you. Please also feel free to visit our user guide

What, exactly will I receive?

Once you've registered your license, downloaded the software, and clicked on the link with the course materials, on your computer or tablet you will see a folder named Composition 101. Open this and you will see the course subfolders (1 per part), with pdfs + bonuses.

Will I receive everything all at once?

The course may not be available to you immediately after you purchase it. It can take us up to 72 hours for your license to be issued. Once we've done that, you will receive two emails—one with a link to the course folders—clicking this would begin the download of the course to your computer or tablet, and one with the information on how to activate your license and install the software required for viewing the course. Please visit our user guide to read more.

How long do I have to access the content?

You have lifetime access to the course content—learn and revisit at your own pace. We encourage you to take notes as you work through the course content, and keep in mind that you will get the most out of it if you do the exercises and actively apply what you're learning.

What's your refund policy?

As this is a digital and downloadable course, we're unable to offer a refund since there is no way to receive the product back once it's been downloaded. But we are committed to offering a great learning experience and wold love to hear if something's not working to see if it's something we can solve. We want to help if we can. Email us via our contact page. 

I've completed my purchase but I still have questions about the content or process to access the course.

Please visit our user guide for more information. 

Email us here and we'll answer any questions you might have.