Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Assignment: Foreground and background, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Ben Long: Those that survived the group critique--…actually, the group critique went really well.…Everyone took it very well.…It was a very diplomatic critique, and there were some students who did have to…face the fact that an image that they took really wasn't a picture of light, and…it's great to see a group of students who are really open and wanting to learn.…They didn't take the critique personally.…They really heard the message and went out and started shooting again.…So the critique went really well.…Now, it's time for another assignment, and this next one is even harder.…Connie Imboden: So now I've decided to give you a really hard assignment.…
Female speaker: Since we did so well on that one, you want to give us a really good one.…Connie: That's right! We don't have much time. We've got to get everybody rolling here.…Okay, this assignment is find a relationship between a subject in the foreground…and a subject in the background and by using camera angle--use camera angle to…create a new form or a new relationship, a new shape, or a new meaning.…
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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