We've been talking a lot about framing, but we've been referring to framing…as the process of framing your shot inside your viewfinder.…There is another type of framing, and that's to frame your subject within a…compositional element of some kind.…We're doing that right now.…I'm being framed by this car window because I am sitting here in this old car.…Framing is another tool that you have to control the viewer's eye.…With a good strong frame on the image, attention is brought more to the subject…and the viewer's eye is prevented from wandering off the frame.…Now, though the frame is here in front of me in this case, I am still the…subject of the image, and there's still a background to the image.…
The frame is serving simply to keep the viewer's eye under control.…When framing is done well, you won't even notice it happening.…Consider this shot of a windmill.…The windmill is very plainly framed inside this larger, weird geometric shape.…The framing object itself is not part of the windmill.…
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 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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