Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video How your camera is not like your eye, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
If you're watching a composition course I assume it's because you've already…recognized that seeing how to arrange the real world into a good photo is not easy.…In fact, seeing is not easy.…Now that may sound strange, given that you walk around the world using your eyes…all day long, but as we'll discuss throughout the rest of this chapter, learning…to really see the world around you can be difficult, and one of the reasons that…it's difficult is because of the way your visual system is constructed.…Now it's easy to think of the camera as like a mechanical eye, but that…comparison really doesn't hold up under closer examination.…
Yes, like your eye, your camera has a lens and an aperture and a light-gathering medium.…It has a particular dynamic range, a field of view,…it's subject to the laws of optics, and so on.…But your eye differs from your camera in one extremely significant way, and…that's that it has a human brain attached to it.…Now it's tempting to think of the brain as simply the equivalent of the computer…
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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