Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Fear, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
I want to talk to you about fear.…If you're alive right now, you could make the argument that it's because you…have particular relationship to fear.…You could also argue with that that relationship is build upon your ability…to say no to things.…So, for example, if someone says hey!…Why don't you come and stand in there is a rickety, old, decrepit…85-year-old elevator?…If you say no then you have successfully ruled out the possibility that you'll…plunge to your death in a horrible elevator crash.…
You have also though ruled out the possibility that you might see these really cool…old elevator controls that are on the inside.…Nevertheless, we all have our own relationship to fear. We all have our own…willingness to say yes or no to certain things.…The interesting thing about your relationship to fear though is that you will…employ it even in times when you're not actually in any danger.…So, consider that unless you are a war photographer, say, or unless you out…shooting lions, you're probably not in any danger when you're taking pictures.…
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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