Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Keeping one eye on post, part of Foundations of Photography: Composition.
This is a scene we saw earlier where because of the direction of light I am…getting these wonderful tire tracks across this field leading into the moon.…The problem is though, when I shoot this, those tire tracks may not be as…visible in my final picture as they are here.…This is where I am thinking about post-production.…I am seeing the shot and knowing, wow!…If I darken up those tire tracks, if I get this scene really contrasty, I am…going to have something very, very cool.…All the way back to the beginning of photography, photographers have, when…they've been out shooting, kept one eye in their post-production,…be that darkroom, or digital post-production.…
They've known that to get certain shots, they have to do certain things…in post-production.…If you're thinking about post- production as you are shooting, a whole…new raft of subject matter can appear.…If I didn't know that I could darken those tire tracks, I may not think of this…as a scene that was worth shooting.…We are going to come back to this subject when we talk about post-production.…
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
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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