Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing the workshop location and instructors, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
As I mentioned before, Quartz Mountain State Park is also home to the…Oklahoma Arts Institute, a wonderful organization that delivers arts workshops…in multiple disciplines to teenagers and adults.…I'm here this weekend to teach a four-day workshop with Connie Imboden,…a wonderful photographer, and a great teacher.…You're going to get to meet her later and see some of her work.…We've also got a bonus teacher in the form of Konrad Eek, also a great teacher.…I have had the pleasure of working with him before and it's always a lot of fun.…Now, you may be wondering, why should I be interested in watching…somebody else's photo class?…Typically, when you teach composition, it's a very interactive process.…
Group critiques are critical to really getting different perspectives on your…image and understanding how to talk about your images.…So by taking you in here, and letting you see some of the work that's going on…and see how the group and the instructors are talking about the images.…You're going to get a more refined vocabulary for analyzing your own images and…
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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