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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 one should be pretty obvious to you, the name of this movie is Repetition, and right away you can see I've got all of these wonderful repeating shapes. I've got these big patches here that are one repeating element, and then I've got all of these bolts that are repeating. I've got the repeating vertical lines. I've got the repeating handles, just one after another all the way down. Repetition is simply satisfying in an image. It gives an image a rhythm. It gives it a pulse. It gives it an order, if composition is about ascribing order, repetition is a way that you can make sense of a whole lot of objects.
You will use repetition in two ways like you do with a lot of these compositional ideas. Either you will be drawn to it because you see the repeating pattern, or you might be able to find that by changing your camera position, you can create a repeating rhythm in the way that you organize things into your scene. Something else that's making this composition work is we have all of these leading lines, all of these lines that are pouring right into me. The lines created by the handle, the lines created by these bolts, and I would like you to notice that these are serving as lines even though they are not contiguous lines. These are implied lines.
These are lines that are being created by the closely spaced bolts and handles. And that's an element that you should look for and try to work with. Sometimes you can drive attention by creating lines or inferring lines out of setting up your shot, so that you get repeating patterns of things that create an overall sense of line. Repetition is pretty easy to work with and not too hard to find, so it's a good thing to start practicing with.
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