Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Light as subject, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
You can't hear it enough, so I am going to say it again, all photos begin with light.…Good light will take an otherwise boring scene and give you a great photo.…With bad light, it doesn't matter how interesting your subject is,…you're going to have a hard time coming back with good results.…I want you to try a very different type of exercise now.…I want you to go out and shoot pictures with the idea of light itself as your subject.…In other words, I want you to go out and look for interesting plays of light, an…interesting splash of light, interesting contrast in light and shadow.…
Maybe a glint of light off of the highlight of something, anything that looks like an…interesting play of illumination, I want you to try working that shot and…turning it into an image.…This is a great exercise.…It's a really valuable exercise to come back to lot, for a couple of different reasons.…First of all, with light as subject, you will begin to understand that whatever…light is bouncing off of doesn't matter so much.…
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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