Perspective can be interesting to work with because it's an…immediately balancing thing.…It's hard to really get an unbalanced image with perspective.…However, when you're working with perspective there's something you need to bear…in mind, and that is focal length. Now we've talked about this at a couple of…other points in this course.…As you go to a longer focal length, as you zoom in, the sense of depth in your…scene will be compressed.…As I stand here right now, looking down this row of trees, my eyes with their…focal length, see a certain amount of distance between the trees and they see…lines that are receding at a particular angle, but I can change that…depending on my focal length.…
Watch what happens if I go to my shortest, that is my widest angle focal length,…and take a shot, I get this.…Trees are spaced really far apart now.…The lines are at a fairly steep extreme angle and the trees look pretty small.…Nothing wrong with this image, but watch what happens now, if I go to my longest…
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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