Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Exposure concerns, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
I'm standing here at a situation that has a pretty fair amount of dynamic range.…I've got bright sky back behind the mountains.…I've got a light side of the mountain.…I have a shadowy side of the mountain.…What's interesting about this shot and the reason that I stopped here is those…trees poking up out of the shadows into the sunlight.…Those can be very interesting things to compose with.…They're point elements that I could compose around because they are nice…bright accents amongst what would otherwise be shadow.…Exposure-wise this is pretty simple.…I'm going to expose for the highlights, just like I always do for the most part…to ensure that highlight detail was preserved.…
Now the program modes and the light meters on most cameras are going to do…that for you anyway.…If you are not comfortable with these exposure concepts, check out my…Foundations of Photography: Exposure course.…There's another issue here that I might be facing though, depending on what…kind of camera I am using.…If I'm using a point and shoot camera or any other type of camera that uses…
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 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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