Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Repetition: Arranging the elements , part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
This one should be pretty obvious to you, the name of this movie is…Repetition, and right away you can see I've got all of these wonderful repeating shapes.…I've got these big patches here that are one repeating element, and then I've…got all of these bolts that are repeating.…I've got the repeating vertical lines.…I've got the repeating handles, just one after another all the way down.…Repetition is simply satisfying in an image.…It gives an image a rhythm. It gives it a pulse.…It gives it an order, if composition is about ascribing order, repetition is a way that…you can make sense of a whole lot of objects.…
You will use repetition in two ways like you do with a lot of these…compositional ideas.…Either you will be drawn to it because you see the repeating pattern, or you…might be able to find that by changing your camera position,…you can create a repeating rhythm in the way that you organize things into your scene.…Something else that's making this composition work is we have all of these…
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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