Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Image analysis: The work of Connie Imboden, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Ben Long: Okay, you've seen Connie going after lots of other photographers here.…She has been very fair.…But we're going to now put her images up here and take a look at them,…because Connie has a body of work that's very, very different from what…we've been seeing so far.…Paul and Steve are coming from a more journalistic background, shooting in the…moment, shooting found things.…Connie you just spend a lot of time crafting very particular images, and you've…Ben: been doing the same thing for-- Connie Imboden: Thirty years.…Ben: Thirty years, and you haven't found the image yet.…Connie: I'm still working at it.…Ben: Some beautiful stuff you're going to see here.…
So let's start with this image and explain to us what we're seeing here,…because this is going to be similar to the technique that we're going to be…seeing throughout--…Connie: Well, the first thing I want to say is that none of my images have been…manipulated, either in the camera or the darkroom or through Photoshop;…they're all seen this way.…
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 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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