Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Exercise: Get your feet moving, part of Foundations of Photography: Composition.
I've got a zoom lens on my camera right now.…I actually brought a whole bag full of zoom lenses on this trip.…I don't have a single fixed focus or prime lens.…Zoom lenses are so great for lightening your bag, and keeping your shoulder from…hurting and these are really high-quality zoom lenses.…I get really nice image quality.…That said, I will say that the zoom lens is probably your biggest impediment to…learning composition, for the simple reason that they make you lazy.…I am standing here.…I see that thing over there.…I go wow look at that thing over there, and I zoom into it and I take my shot and…maybe it's a fine shot.…
But I haven't moved around.…I haven't a really worked it, and yeah I can step over here and over here, but…that's not working the shot.…So I would like to put it to you to try this assignment.…Choose a single focal length and spend the day shooting with it. And I don't…mean this casually, I mean either get a fixed focus lens and put it on your…camera, or if you have a zoom lens choose a focal length, for example, I am 50…
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
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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