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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.
As I mentioned before, Quartz Mountain State Park is also home to the Oklahoma Arts Institute, a wonderful organization that delivers arts workshops in multiple disciplines to teenagers and adults. I'm here this weekend to teach a four-day workshop with Connie Imboden, a wonderful photographer, and a great teacher. You're going to get to meet her later and see some of her work. We've also got a bonus teacher in the form of Konrad Eek, also a great teacher. I have had the pleasure of working with him before and it's always a lot of fun. Now, you may be wondering, why should I be interested in watching somebody else's photo class? Typically, when you teach composition, it's a very interactive process.
Group critiques are critical to really getting different perspectives on your image and understanding how to talk about your images. So by taking you in here, and letting you see some of the work that's going on and see how the group and the instructors are talking about the images. You're going to get a more refined vocabulary for analyzing your own images and learning how to see them differently, and from that, getting a better idea of where your compositional mistakes and successes might be happening.
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