Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Dynamic range, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
In photography dynamic range is the measure of the darkest thing to lightest…thing that you can represent.…A camera has a particular dynamic range, and so does a printer.…Even different printer papers have different dynamic ranges.…Your eyes also have a dynamic range, and their dynamic range is larger than what…any current photographic technology can offer.…This means that very often your camera will capture very different detail in the…light and dark parts of your scene than what you actually saw with your eye while…you were there shooting.…
Take a look at this.…This is pretty close to what I could see, in terms of dynamic range, while I was…standing at this scene.…I could see detail in the very bright parts of the scene and detail in the…shadowy parts of the scene.…If I point a camera at that same scene though, I most likely will get…something like this.…Here I can see detail in the highlights but not in the shadows.…I could choose to dial in some overexposure and then I get a shot like this.…
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: 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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