Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Recomposing an image with the Crop tool, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Ben: Whether you use Photoshop, Aperture, iPhoto, Lightroom, CaptureNX, whatever,…your image editor has lots of amazing image-adjustment technology in it.…With it, you can make corrections and changes that simply weren't possible in a darkroom.…That said, one of the most powerful tools in your image editor, the one you might…end up using the most, is the simple Crop tool.…With the Crop tool, you can recompose your image after you've taken it.…Sometimes you'll shoot with a crop in mind; at other times you'll refine your…original image by giving it a crop.…
Now it may sound strange to devote an entire discussion to the lowly Crop…tool when a program like Photoshop has such amazing technology as Content-Aware…Fill and Perspective correction, but cropping is a critical post-production task.…I've been asking you to shoot in black and white throughout this course and yet…here we are looking at a color image.…That's because cropping, or any action that will result in a crop of your image,…should be one of the first steps of your post-production workflow.…
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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