Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Controlling depth, part of Foundations of Photography: Composition.
So I am out here and I've just found another one of these,…another wrecked, dilapidated building.…This place is filthy with them; I love it.…But this one is special, because it has this windmill further back in the next…field to the right of the house.…And I am so proud of myself.…I am thinking in layers here, because I have got this barn layer here and I've…got the windmill layer back there, and I'm seeing in my mind a picture wherein…the windmill and the house can look like they're kind of next to each other or…in closer proximity than they really are.…In other words, I'm seeing layers and I am understanding that there's all the…depth that I can work with that I can compress down to a single picture.…
So with that in mind, I'm going to take my shot.…Okay, here it is, and it just doesn't work.…Ah, boy, the windmill's tiny.…That's not what I was seeing at all.…Okay, let's look at why.…I'm standing right here.…I'm pretty close to this building. And so to get the framing that I want, which…is the house over to the left and the windmill next to it,…
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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