Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Direction of light, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
So I'm walking around, the sun is setting, it's really dramatic and I'm…looking in this direction and I'm just not seeing anything, the sun is so bright…and it's washing out everything.…It looks kind of flat.…As you can see, I've also got this big problem with lens flare.…But if I turn around, I've got the sun casting shadows into these tire tracks…that are cutting across the grid of the field, and it's all leading into a…beautiful full moon with clouds passing in front of it.…This is a nice shot.…Now, when I'm looking into the sun, if I have the problem of lens flare, when I…am looking away from the sun, I have the problem with my shadow.…
This means I am going to have to work to try to get out of the way or find a…camera position and focal length that lets me get the framing that I want…without including my shadow.…When I am looking into the sun, I am going to have to work on shielding the lens with my hand.…If I had just been looking that way, I would have missed this.…Direction of light is a critical consideration, particularly when the sun is…
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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