Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Critiquing the foreground and background assignment, part of Foundations of Photography: Composition.
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Connie Imboden: Are we ready to start? Ben Long: We are ready to start.…Connie: Okay, so does this fulfill the assignment? I love these tires.…Okay so--but what's the relationship, the foreground-background relationship?…Female Speaker: Just an obvious continuation of the form.…Female Speaker 2: There's a repeating shape Could it be the rocks in the background?…Connie: Yeah, I am wondering. I'm wondering if there is potential with this little guy up here…and this guy here. I'm not sure.…
Male Speaker: Or it could be like the tires are taking the form of a mountain range.…Connie: Yeah. Yeah. Male Speaker: And then the mountain range in the background.…Male Speaker 2: What if the light disappeared and the tires went into the background?…Connie: Yeah, that could be interesting. That could actually be very interesting.…Male Speaker 3: Another month of the draught and we could probably--…(laughter)…Connie: Ah, I think that's much better.…Male Speaker 4: And I think the black-and- white simplifies it so much more.…
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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