Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Lines, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
We have already worked with points.…In this chapter, we are going to be exploring lots of other kinds of geometry,…starting with lines.…Lines are probably the most prevalent geometric form that you will encounter,…and they are one of the most interesting to work with, because they can be very dynamic.…Here you can see on the bridge we have got lots of strong diagonal lines. We…have got lines cutting across the frame.…Some of these lines are being created by the structure of the bridge itself.…Other lines are being created by the shadows cast by that structure.…Again, when we were thinking about composition, we are not always concerned…about what a particular thing is, but simply the geometry itself.…
So the structural lines are no more important or less important than the shadow lines.…Lines can be very useful because they can provide a very strong way of leading…the viewer's eye into and out of the picture. And, as we are seeing here, when I…get repeating lines, I start getting a nice rhythm through my image.…
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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