Perspective is a powerful compositional tool.…You can create strong receding lines and an intense sense of depth in your image…when you take advantage of perspective.…There are times though, especially with architecture, when you don't want…perspective, when you want vertical lines to be straight rather than…receding into the distance.…If you're shooting with a wide-angle lens, this can be especially problematic.…Fortunately, Photoshop has a great tool for correcting and altering the…perspective in an image.…Here is a building with a perspective problem.…
Actually the building was fine; the problem is that I stood too close to it and…shot with a very short focal length,…that is, a wide-angle lens.…So what I've got now are these lines all receding upwards to a point, a…vanishing point way above the top of my screen, and I would prefer the…building to look square.…That's how it looked in real life.…There are a number of ways that I could have dealt with this.…If I owned a tilt-shift lens, I could have tried shooting with that, but they…
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: 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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