Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Critiquing the light assignment, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Connie: Okay, so before we get started on critique, which I hate the word critique,…but it's kind of the industry standard.…But I want to talk a little bit about what a critique is.…And I love this quote by Rilke the 19th century Czech poet:…In artistic work one needs nothing so much as conscience;…it is the sole standard.…There is really no reason to be defensive or to lie, to pretend that it didn't…happen. It's a little bit like lying to your therapist.…
It doesn't do any good in the long run.…Because what critique is about is to make you more aware so as you go out and…photograph next time you will be more aware of some of the situations that…we've talked about here.…So the sole purpose of it is to make you stronger, better photographers.…Ben: And isn't critique the French word for disembowelment?…(laughter) That's how I always think of it.…Connie: Well, that makes me feel so much better, if I had to make a critique.…Okay, that was a good one. (laughs)…Ben: Yeah, can we have that slide up next time?…
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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