Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video The Franklin Hotel, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
This is the Franklin Hotel.…It's just off of the main square in Mangum.…It's a beautiful five-story building built in 1929 for the than…astronomical cost of $230,000.…From what we understand, when it opened, it was a very regal place. This was…meant to be the jewel hotel in this part of the state.…Unfortunately, it opened just four to six weeks before the crash in 1929, and so…sadly, it just never stood a chance.…There was the crash and then the Depression of the Dust Bowl and then World War II.…It's now abandoned, very, very abandoned, and we've been talking to some of the…locals. We talked to a local high school student who said that it's haunted and…that this whole in the awning is because some woman jumped out of the…fifth-story window and went through the awning and so she still prowls the…place and all that kind of stuff.…
The people of Mangum are being very responsible with the building. It's really…sturdy. It's very well built. That's how it's been able to stand the test of time,…and they're working hard to get it redeveloped.…
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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