Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Planes, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Ben: We've found a lot of interesting things in the hallway.…There is this cool peeling paint.…There is stuff on the floor. There is a dead bat.…There is also a lot of really cool geometry.…We've got these receding lines that are creating this nice perspective, and here…we have got this PVC pipe that's creating a line right across the hallway, and…that works well against that window there with the big cross in it.…But we have got something else here. We have got an electrical problem happening.…We've got this wire coming across the hallway here.…Now, it may be obvious to you as you have seen me walk forward here, but this…wire and that piece of PVC pipe are at different distances from the camera.…
They sit on different planes.…They're in different layers.…And because they're at different distances from camera, they can be mixed and…matched and combined in different ways depending on how the camera moves around,…and you can see that happening right now.…As the camera is moving, you're finding very different relationships in them.…
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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