Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Composing people, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
There are lots of specialized forms of photography.…There is architectural photography and landscape and wildlife and macro…photography, the list goes on and on.…The good news is that each of those specialized forms of photography uses the…same compositional building blocks and vocabulary that we're learning here.…Each of those specialized forms of photography is a field of study that you can…go very deeply into.…But you will be doing it on top of the foundation that we've already covered.…You'll be mixing and matching the same compositional ideas and adding some…others to them, but you'll have a very strong foundation.…
Those are all far beyond the scope of this course.…You are going to have to pursue those fields of study on your own.…But there are two specialized forms of photography that you will probably engage…in pretty regularly, portrait photography and landscape photography.…And I'd like to give you some basic tips on both of those.…In this movie, we are going to talk about portrait photography.…
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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