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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.
I've pulled over here by the road because there is this wonderful thing out here in this field. It's this big empty field, except there is this one bit of vegetation that's making this beautiful S-curve through the whole field ending up with those wonderful clouds, and almost at the apex of one of those curves is that tree which is this wonderfully nice little accent. So, I am here. I am lined up. I take my shot and this is what I get. It just doesn't quite work, the S-curve is little too compressed. It just looks a little flat. Plainly, I'm too low.
I need to get higher. I can try standing on the car. I don't have anything else to stand on. There are no trees around to climb. I just can't get this shot. I'm not doing anything wrong here. I am just not tall enough, and even if I was taller, then I might be running in the telephone wires up there. There are a tremendous number of beautiful scenes to photograph in the world. There aren't necessarily the same numbers of photographic opportunities. Sometimes if you're in a situation like this and you can see it clearly in your mind's eye, but you can't get your camera in the right position or there is a tree branch in the way, don't beat yourself up over that.
You're not doing anything wrong. There are times in the world when you are not going to be able to get the shot, instead, you are just going to have to enjoy the view.
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