Lines are great compositional elements, and there are lots of ways that you can…use them to drive focus and attention and balance your frame.…You had to be very careful though, because a very subtle difference in…positioning of a line from one place to another can make a huge impact on your photo.…You want to be careful about how lines intersect, how they blend together, and…even a slight camera motion can change that.…Let's look at some examples.…Our first example here is a composition that's not really built around any…idea of line, but rather about shapes, the shapes of these three refrigerators.…
What struck me about this scene is that when I walked into the room they looked…like big giant beings of some kind, big robots or something, that the…refrigerators were secretly gathering here for some sinister meeting or…something like that.…So I wanted to get a sense of them as these big things kind of hanging out.…They have some personality to them.…So I decided to go to a wide-angle lens, a very short focal length, and get…
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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