Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Focal length, camera position, and depth, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
We've talked a lot about line and shape in composition and the importance of…line and shape in composition.…What we haven't talked about is how much you can control shape with your camera.…So I am walking around and I've seen this building.…A couple of things;…it's just a nice old red brick building. I like the tree behind it.…I like that from this angle one side is lit up with some nice tree shadow on it…and this side is dark.…What I like about the light dark thing is I think I am going to be able to…tone it, to exaggerate that a little bit, and really give a sense of depth…of this being a 3D object.…
I also like these great lines.…However, I am standing right here when I see the building. To take that shot…I've got to go pretty wide.…So I'm going to zoom out, frame the shot that I like, take my picture and…this is what I get.…Now there is nothing necessarily wrong with this picture, but let's take a…look at what I've got.…When I am standing here with my naked eye, it's more of a square building.…
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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