Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Layers, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
It's time now to go out and practice with this idea of layers.…I want you to think about two things.…First, simply the process of compressing multiple layers into a single geometric…plane and seeing how the interrelationship of those different layers can create…new shapes independent of any of the individual layers.…But mostly what this exercise is about is to get you to stop seeing just a flat…plane in front of you.…As we move through the world, very often it's very easy to see a particular…thing and kind of only pay attention to things at that distance and see the…background just as background.…
I would like you to really practice seeing that, yeah, you may notice a subject…at one distance, but there's other stuff in your frame also at other distances…and through depth of field control and clever composition,…you can work with those different layers to create a single unified composition.…
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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