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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've looked at a lot of geometry ideas in this chapter. We've had lines and shapes and repetition and symmetry and all that stuff. It's time for you to go out and practice. Just as you did with points, I want you to go out and I want you to look for each of these things that we've found. You don't have to find one image with all of them, in fact, you might want to focus on just working lines for a while, then just working shapes for a while. Again, your goal with this course is to develop a vocabulary and to develop a way of practicing and expanding your vocabulary. So it may not be a bad idea to take each of these things as discrete practice ideas.
So hit your lines, hit your shapes, continue to work points, practice with repetition, rule of threes, all of those things shoot them a lot. If you want, you can then spend some days just going out without a particular idea in mind, and just trying to see if you've noticed geometry or maybe if you are already used to shooting a particular thing, continue to shoot that thing, but now do it in terms of these geometric ideas. Finally, I want you to do some practice with combining these different ideas. That's a somewhat open-ended assignment, partly because I want this to be something that you can go back to as you need to.
If it's a little too broad, find a way to refine it for yourself. As we've discussed before, you can choose a particular subject matter. However, you choose to do it, I want the focus to be on those geometric ideas.
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