Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Practicing color composition, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
You've probably spent the bulk of your photographic life working in color,…but of course I've had you shooting in black and white.…So now, I think it's time for you to go back to color and start practicing some…of this compositional vocabulary that we've been working with.…As I said before, it's for the most part exactly like what you've been doing…in black and white.…There are just these extra considerations that you need to weigh when you're…setting up your shot.…Because of that, why don't you start simply, start with images that are still…mostly about tone, interesting plays of light and that kind of thing, but that…maybe have a color accent.…
One little bit of color weight that you can start playing with and from there go more complex.…A very nice place to start is working with portraits because you know exactly…what color values you are going to have to work with and you can try to find…situations that balance those out.…As I said, color is a long course in itself.…We are just trying to get the basics of color worked into the vocabulary 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 4m 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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