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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 reached the end of this course, but you are far from the end of your education and understanding of composition. That will continue for as long as you keep shooting. These compositional building blocks that we've been working with, you will continue to find new depths to those and new ways of combining and working with those. I would also like you to think about the exercises we've done, not as something that you have completed, but as something that you can return to, for two reasons. One, there're still more to learn from those exercises. You can always go back to them and plum the depths a little bit deeper.
But you can also use those exercises for times when you're feeling stuck. If you're bored with what you are shooting, if you're feeling like you're not seeing anything, if you're feeling like you always compose things the same way, go back to these very basic exercises and work through them again. They may get your sense of seeing going and help you to explore some new ideas that you haven't yet discovered. Most important though, you've got to be out there with your camera practicing, so I would encourage you to turn off your computer now and get out there and do some shooting.
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