Another way to think about layers is to think about collaging or juxtaposing…things at different depths into the same frame.…Reflections are a great way to experiment with this.…Notice the reflection of the water tower in the puddle here, and we've got the…water tower in the background.…These are technically different layers, and there is a lot of other stuff going…on in front of the water tower and in the puddle itself.…This is a really interesting easy way to start seeing different planes, to look…for reflections or to think about what you would do if you were collaging,…taking disparate elements and putting them next to each other or thinking I am…going to juxtapose this building with that water tower.…
These are all ways of kind of changing the language that you're using around…layering and possibly opening up more ideas for yourself.…Let's take a look at some others.…So this one is pretty straightforward.…I'm simply mirroring this shape down here with this shape up here. Purely…a geometric exercise.…
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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