Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Content balance, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
You're looking at a Fairbanks Morse 31-AD-18, 2800 horsepower diesel fuel…engine, or as I like to call it, a really big piece of metal.…This is one of four giant diesel engines in this power station, and I'm…standing next to one.…And as you can tell, it's a much larger than I am and it's not just that…it's physically larger,…it's these hard metal textures and repeating shapes and it's plainly a source of power.…It's a very intimidating piece of machinery.…
And we framed it in one side of our shot here, and I am balancing it in the…other. And I'm showing you this by way of showing you that humans carry an extra…kind of balancing power.…Even though I am graphically very small, we tend to put more compositional…weight onto images of humans than we do a similar object of this size.…In other words, I, a mere human, can balance this huge, impressive piece of metal.…
This is something to bear mind when you're working with people, particularly…against landscapes or against giant diesel fuel engines that psychologically the…
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 Appropriate for all
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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