Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Practicing squares with points and geometry, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Working with squares is very different than working with rectangles as…we discussed earlier.…So I want you to get out and practice that right now.…For subject matter, stick with the points and geometry thing we have…been working on.…Find good strong point type objects to compose around, or work with lines or…shapes or feel free to mix it up, practice combining them.…Anything that is striking your eye or feeling like something you want to…practice, just keep it in a square frame.…Now remember when you're shooting squares, you're no longer thinking in thirds.…You are not weighting one third against each other.…
You are going to work corners.…You are going to try and weight corners against each other.…Now, you can work with the sides of the frame, but when you do that, you'll…typically just be bisecting the frame and playing one side directly against…another, not having that extra third in the middle.…Squares are a great way to frame something in the dead center of your image.…That can create a perfectly balanced image if you are doing your…
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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