Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Exercise: Practicing fundamentals with geometry, part of Foundations of Photography: Composition.
We've looked at a lot of geometry ideas in this chapter.…We've had lines and shapes and repetition and symmetry and all that stuff.…It's time for you to go out and practice.…Just as you did with points, I want you to go out and I want you to look for…each of these things that we've found.…You don't have to find one image with all of them,…in fact, you might want to focus on just working lines for a while, then just…working shapes for a while.…Again, your goal with this course is to develop a vocabulary and to develop a…way of practicing and expanding your vocabulary.…So it may not be a bad idea to take each of these things as discrete practice ideas.…
So hit your lines, hit your shapes, continue to work points, practice…with repetition, rule of threes, all of those things shoot them a lot.…If you want, you can then spend some days just going out without a particular…idea in mind, and just trying to see if you've noticed geometry or maybe if you…are already used to shooting a particular thing, continue to shoot that thing,…
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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