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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.
Working with squares is very different than working with rectangles as we discussed earlier. So I want you to get out and practice that right now. For subject matter, stick with the points and geometry thing we have been working on. Find good strong point type objects to compose around, or work with lines or shapes or feel free to mix it up, practice combining them. Anything that is striking your eye or feeling like something you want to practice, just keep it in a square frame. Now remember when you're shooting squares, you're no longer thinking in thirds. You are not weighting one third against each other.
You are going to work corners. You are going to try and weight corners against each other. Now, you can work with the sides of the frame, but when you do that, you'll typically just be bisecting the frame and playing one side directly against another, not having that extra third in the middle. Squares are a great way to frame something in the dead center of your image. That can create a perfectly balanced image if you are doing your work right. The other nice thing about squares with something in the center is you get simply a simpler image because you don't have as much frame to be trying to fill.
So, working with squares, get out, give it a try and see if you can get a feel for how the compositional way differs from working with rectangles.
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