So you're out shooting.…It's going well. Your eyes are really seeing things, and lot of things are…capturing your attention, and maybe it goes something like this.…You think wow! Look at the thing over there.…And you turn, you point your camera and you take a picture.…And you do that for the rest of the day.…And when you come home, all of the images you will have shot will have been…taken from about this level, and usually looking either down or maybe a little up.…In other words, they'll all have exactly the same point of view.…Now if you think about it, the odds that when you see something interesting…and that you are absolutely at the perfect height to shoot that particular…thing from that location,…the odds are that are pretty slim.…
Point of view is a critical compositional decision that you really need to be…actively thinking about when you're shooting.…If you walk through the world just shooting like this all the time, you are…going to have fairly uniform somewhat-boring shots.…But point of view does more than just allow you to create something that…
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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