Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shadows and negative space, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Hopefully, by now you've gotten the chance to start thinking about light a…little bit differently and to understand that light is where it all starts.…But shadow is pretty good also.…Light and shadow are really the fundamental building blocks of photography,…especially black and white photography, and you don't want to ignore…dark spaces and shadows.…Here, we've got a wonderfully balanced and framed image, because of all of the…negative space in this scene.…Very often when you are out looking for subject matter, keep your eyes open for…tonal differences like this, an area of deep shadow and bright light, you may…be able to turn that into an interesting composition. Or if you are shooting…something and really have your eyes going and are seeing well, take note of the…shadows in the image, don't try to get rid of them, instead try to work with them.…
It's very easy with the incredible lowlight capabilities of today's digital…cameras to think,…Wow! Look I can pull detail out of every single shadow that's 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 Intermediate
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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