Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Intersections, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Just down the road from lodge, we found this cool old amusement park.…There's lots of nice texturey shapes here and a lot of really interesting…geometry, a lot of strong colors.…It's a place that's you definitely want to start shooting when you drive…by, kind of needs a subject so it's a kind of place that you might want to do portraiture.…It's got these really strong lines, and so we've run into a problem here.…I've got this thing sticking out of my head.…This is a case of bad intersections in a composition.…It would be very easy to frame this shot this way because you're so focused on…me, on the subject, that you just don't notice that in the background, things in…the image are intersecting such that I've got this large piece of metal sticking…out of the top of my head.…
This is a very easy problem to fix.…I just move to the right, or you shift your camera, ah, that feels much better.…Now I am no longer intersecting with a carnival ride.…There's a very easy way that you can keep track of these kinds of things, and to…
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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