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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.
You're looking at a Fairbanks Morse 31-AD-18, 2800 horsepower diesel fuel engine, or as I like to call it, a really big piece of metal. This is one of four giant diesel engines in this power station, and I'm standing next to one. And as you can tell, it's a much larger than I am and it's not just that it's physically larger, it's these hard metal textures and repeating shapes and it's plainly a source of power. It's a very intimidating piece of machinery.
And we framed it in one side of our shot here, and I am balancing it in the other. And I'm showing you this by way of showing you that humans carry an extra kind of balancing power. Even though I am graphically very small, we tend to put more compositional weight onto images of humans than we do a similar object of this size. In other words, I, a mere human, can balance this huge, impressive piece of metal.
This is something to bear mind when you're working with people, particularly against landscapes or against giant diesel fuel engines that psychologically the weight of a human being compositionally is a little bit heavier than another graphic element of the same size.
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