Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Resizing an image, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Ben: We've already talked about cropping, but hand in hand with cropping goes…the issue of sizing.…Sizing is a very important consideration if you're going to print.…If I crop a whole lot, I may not have enough pixels left to get a good print at…my chosen print size.…Conversely, if I want to enlarge my image, I will need to be concerned about how…many pixels I have, whether I have enough to get a nice sharp print.…So sizing is a pretty critical issue near the end of your workflow.…Fortunately, Photoshop makes questions of sizing very simple, thanks to the…Image Size dialog box.…
If I go up here to the Image menu and choose Image Size, I get this thing.…Now what's cool about the Image Size dialog box is it's this very interactive…little calculator that can make sizing questions very easy to understand, as long…as you pay attention to what's going on.…You want to really pay attention to this thing here, this thing here, and this…state of the Resample Image box.…And I think you'll see why as we go along here.…
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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