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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.
It's time now to go out and practice with this idea of layers. I want you to think about two things. First, simply the process of compressing multiple layers into a single geometric plane and seeing how the interrelationship of those different layers can create new shapes independent of any of the individual layers. But mostly what this exercise is about is to get you to stop seeing just a flat plane in front of you. As we move through the world, very often it's very easy to see a particular thing and kind of only pay attention to things at that distance and see the background just as background.
I would like you to really practice seeing that, yeah, you may notice a subject at one distance, but there's other stuff in your frame also at other distances and through depth of field control and clever composition, you can work with those different layers to create a single unified composition.
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