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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.
This is a scene we saw earlier where because of the direction of light I am getting these wonderful tire tracks across this field leading into the moon. The problem is though, when I shoot this, those tire tracks may not be as visible in my final picture as they are here. This is where I am thinking about post-production. I am seeing the shot and knowing, wow! If I darken up those tire tracks, if I get this scene really contrasty, I am going to have something very, very cool. All the way back to the beginning of photography, photographers have, when they've been out shooting, kept one eye in their post-production, be that darkroom, or digital post-production.
They've known that to get certain shots, they have to do certain things in post-production. If you're thinking about post- production as you are shooting, a whole new raft of subject matter can appear. If I didn't know that I could darken those tire tracks, I may not think of this as a scene that was worth shooting. We are going to come back to this subject when we talk about post-production.
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