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Composition can make an interesting subject bland or make an ordinary subject appear beautiful. In this course, photographer and author Ben Long explores the concepts of composition, from basics such as the rule of thirds to more advanced topics such as the way the eye travels through a photo.
The course addresses how the camera differs from the eye and introduces composition fundamentals, such as balance and point of view. Ben also examines the importance of geometry, light, and color in composition, and looks at how composition can be improved with a variety of post-production techniques. Interspersed throughout the course are workshop sessions that capture the creative energy of a group of photography students; shooting assignments and exercises; and analyses of the work of photographers Paul Taggart and Connie Imboden.
We are going to be talking about a lot of images throughout this course, and discussions of composition are sometimes a little different than how you might be used to discussing images. In a lot of cases we are going to be looking at images purely in terms of the shapes and forms within the image. If you are new to discussions of composition, this can be a little strange, because very often our discussions will completely ignore subject matter. And one to likes to think that one's intent and the emotional power of the subject is all that matters in an image, but unfortunately that's not true.
A poorly composed image of a really dramatic subject will still be a poorly composed, less-effective image. So if some of our image discussions seem a little clinical, understand that when discussing composition, that's often how it goes.
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