Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Practicing thirds with points and geometry, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
You've probably spent most, if not all of your photographic life working…with a rectangular frame. That means there's a good chance that you already have…a feel for working with thirds, even if you never knew that that's what you were…doing or didn't have any idea about the theory of thirds.…Now that you do, now that we've looked at thirds, now we've analyzed it some and…looked at some examples,…I'd like you to go out and practice composing with thirds.…Practice balancing the frame by dividing it into three equal parts,…and seeing how you can place elements in different places to get a good…balanced composition.…
Because you do have some vocabulary to put to this idea now, you might learn…some things or identify some things or get a deeper feeling for things than what…you had when you were maybe just winging it based on experience.…Now, your camera may have the ability to display a grid in the viewfinder that…shows the frame evenly divided into thirds.…If I were you I'd turn that off.…The thing about thirds is it's just really not critical that you have 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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