Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Final thoughts, part of Foundations of Photography: Composition.
We've reached the end of this course, but you are far from the end of your…education and understanding of composition.…That will continue for as long as you keep shooting.…These compositional building blocks that we've been working with, you will…continue to find new depths to those and new ways of combining and working with those.…I would also like you to think about the exercises we've done, not as…something that you have completed, but as something that you can return to, for two reasons.…One, there're still more to learn from those exercises.…You can always go back to them and plum the depths a little bit deeper.…
But you can also use those exercises for times when you're feeling stuck.…If you're bored with what you are shooting, if you're feeling like you're not…seeing anything, if you're feeling like you always compose things the same way,…go back to these very basic exercises and work through them again.…They may get your sense of seeing going and help you to explore some new ideas…
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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