Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Entry and exit, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
If the purpose of composition is to order a scene so that it makes more…sense to the viewer of your photo, then it follows that in the process of…creating a composition, you are setting up elements that will guide the viewer's…eye through your picture,…and that's just what's happening in this scene that you are looking at right now.…We've got this bannister down here, this diagonal line of peeled paint along the…wall, they're all leading right into me, and I'm framed by this doorway.…We're using a lot of elements here that are very carefully arranged to make sure…that your eye enters the frame and is led directly to me.…
Geometry is one of the most prevalent ways that you will guide the viewer's eye…as you're setting up your compositions.…Here's a fairly textbook example of leading lines, and I think it should be…pretty obvious. These big curved lines of these tire tracks, these good strong…diagonal lines of these shadows,…they are all leading light here into the trees, guiding our eye exactly into the…
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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