Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Changing composition through retouching, part of Foundations of Photography: Composition.
Your image editor is capable of dramatic retouchings of course, and very…often when you're retouching you are mostly worried about making an edit that…isn't noticeable. But you also want to think about the effect or impact on your…composition of any retouching efforts that you might have.…Take a look at this image.…I have of course the tree backlit.…It's built largely around this great shadow here.…But there is a lot of balance happening here.…I have got the tree and I have got this cart, or some kind of vehicle full of hay I…think, and I have got this telephone pole over here.…
I can't tell if the telephone pole is balancing this thing or not.…It's--if it isn't just a distraction, because it's a big dark line.…So I am going to take it out and to be honest, I have not actually tried this…edit before making this video.…So it will be interesting to see.…I'm as much at a loss here as you are.…The important thing is as I am doing this, I want to keep track of what it…does to my composition.…There are a lot of different ways of making this edit on an edit like this.…
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
Foundations of Photography: Exposurewith Ben Long3h 24m Appropriate for all
Foundations of Photography: Black and Whitewith Ben Long3h 4m 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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