Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Composing landscapes, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Landscapes of course are great subject matter,…you can make an entire career out of shooting landscapes.…For the most part, your compositional concerns when you're shooting landscapes…are no different than they are when you're shooting anything else.…You at least want to consider your four essential composition elements:…Subject background, a good sense of balance.…You want to think about a good point of view, and you want to work to…simplify your image.…That last one, simplifying, can be particularly difficult with landscapes.…Invariably, you find a great landscape and there is a telephone wire…running across it, or there is a fence in the way or a parked car or…something like that.…
So, a lot of times that's going to be the thing you're wrestling with the most…when you're working with landscapes.…And of course, once you found a good location, in addition to those four things,…you'll still be able to consider lines and shapes and shadows and negative…space and all of the other things that we've talked about. It's very easy,…
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 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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