Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Examining the composition of this set, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
One of the things that I really like about working with lynda.com is…the production value.…A lot of time and effort and thought goes on behind the camera to create the…image that you're seeing right now, and the people behind the camera are very…skilled photographers and videographers.…That means that you can learn a lot about composition just from looking at…the actual framing that the lynda crew has come up with for all of the scenes in this course.…This scene is a great example.…The crew spent a lot of time organizing this set based on strong…compositional ideas,…so let's just take a look at what they came up with.…
Let's start with the lines in this image. The curving line of the tops of these…monitors leads you right into me.…Why wouldn't I like that?…These wonderful diagonal lines meanwhile, in the background, along the ceiling,…they guide you the rest of the way into the image and back out of the frame.…Note the cropping of the ceiling.…There are three rows of lights visible.…The rule of threes in composition can be very important. If you have a repeating pattern,…
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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