Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Image analysis: The work of Paul Taggart, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Ben: All right we are back for more image analysis.…We've got a different photographer up here on the chopping block this time.…We are going to look at the work of Paul Taggart, an international…photo journalist.…I first met Paul here at Arts Institute also,…he is also a former student.…Fantastic photographer, you might have seen his work in the New York Times or…Time Magazine, any number of other journalistic institutions.…And we have got a little selection of Paul's work here, starting with this one.…It's a powerful image.…Connie: It's a very powerful image.…Ben: So much so that we didn't know what to say.…
Connie: Right, it left me speechless.…What I love about this image is this very dark figure here.…That's a little soft focus.…You don't see any --…it's all silhouette, you don't see any features against this really brilliant…white background and everything in the photograph is really pulling us up…to that.…That is such a mysterious moment.…It really almost takes your breath away.…Ben: Well, particularly as you're drawn here first, to me it's -- there's a…
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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