Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video How to shoot color, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
When you start working with color in your compositions, you will continue to…do the same thing you've been doing in black and white.…You'll need to be sure you have a subject in a background.…You'll want to have a balanced composition, you will need to try to go for a…very simple image, and you'll need to think about point-of-view.…But when you're working with color, you will have an additional set of…considerations on top of those.…First of all, as you add color, you need to think about what weight it has…in your composition, particularly in an instance like this where we've got…some color accents.…
Do those bits of color throw the balance of the image off?…And does that balance need to be corrected with something else?…Just as we've been balancing different tones against each other, different kinds…of geometry against each other, balancing tone against geometry.…You can balance color against any of those other things.…You can mix and match them.…As you add color, you will probably need to think more about the simplicity…
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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