Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Exercise: Practicing the fundamentals with points, part of Foundations of Photography: Composition.
Subject and background, balance, point of view, and simplicity.…It's time to take these four fundamental compositional ideas out for a spin.…You'll continue to explore these ideas, practice these ideas, and learn new…things about these four ideas for as long as you continue to take pictures,…but in order to work quickly and efficiently, and to be able to capture moments…in a rapidly changing environment, you need to have a deep enough a feel for…these concepts that you don't have to think about them too much, if at all,…and that comes through repetition and practice.…
You can of course simply go out and take pictures,…but very often it's nice to give yourself an assignment. Having the entire…world open to you, it can be overwhelming. Where do you start, how do you even see anything?…Giving yourself an assignment can hone your attention and make it easier to…see potential shots.…You can easily create assignments for yourself at anytime.…"Today I'm going to photograph bicycles," and then you can set off to try to find…
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
Foundations of Photography: Exposurewith Ben Long3h 24m Appropriate for all
Foundations of Photography: Black and Whitewith Ben Long3h 4m 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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