Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Image analysis: The work of Steve Simon, part of Foundations of Photography: Composition.
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Ben: I am here with Connie Imboden, who you should be familiar with now.…She is teaching the workshop here at Quartz Mountain this weekend.…We're going to look at the work of another photographer from a composition…standpoint, analyzing it, trying to figure out why it works.…Connie, why is this something that any of the viewer should care to watch…us doing?…Connie: Well, we're looking at some really beautiful photographs from professional…photographers, and if we can analyze why these photographs work, we can learn a lot…about composition and how compositional elements work in untraditional ways.…
Ben: Okay, great! We are looking at the work of Steve Simon.…He is originally a Canadian photographer,…he now lives in New York.…I first met Steve when he was teaching here a few years ago.…He's a great guy and as you'll see a fantastic photographer.…He has a photo journalism background, but Steve also has a really interesting…ability to just fade into the background and capture moments that I don't often…
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
Foundations of Photography: Exposurewith Ben Long3h 24m Appropriate for all
Foundations of Photography: 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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