Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video All form, all the time, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
We are going to be talking about a lot of images throughout this course, and…discussions of composition are sometimes a little different than how you might…be used to discussing images.…In a lot of cases we are going to be looking at images purely in terms of the…shapes and forms within the image.…If you are new to discussions of composition, this can be a little strange,…because very often our discussions will completely ignore subject matter. And one…to likes to think that one's intent and the emotional power of the subject is…all that matters in an image, but unfortunately that's not true.…
A poorly composed image of a really dramatic subject will still be a poorly…composed, less-effective image.…So if some of our image discussions seem a little clinical, understand that when…discussing composition, that's often how it goes.…
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.
- Looking versus seeing
- Understanding when and why to use black and white
- Analyzing lines
- Arranging the elements into lines and shapes
- Working with perspective and symmetry
- Changing focal length, camera position, and depth
- Dividing rectangular frames into thirds
- Weighting the corners in square pictures
- Composing photographs of people
- Composing landscape photos
- Working with light: direction, texture, and negative space
- How to shoot color
- Guiding the viewer's eye
- Controlling depth
- Improving composition in post-production
Skill Level Intermediate
Photography Foundations: Exposure (2010)with Ben Long3h 24m Appropriate for all
Photography Foundations: Black and Whitewith Ben Long3h 3m Intermediate
1. Understanding Composition
What is composition?2m 1s
3. Composition Fundamentals
4. Geometry: Lines and Shapes
5. Shooting Best Practices
6. Balance Revisited
8. Workshop: Finding Light
10. Guiding the Viewer
11. Workshop: Foreground and Background
13. Post Production
14. Workshop Exhibition and Wrap-Up
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