Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shapes, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
So we've come inside the Hotel and as we walk into the kind of main entrance,…the first thing we come across is this big old sign.…And it's kind of hard to miss.…And it's also really striking.…It's got this big arrow on top. It's got these old lights.…It's got these wonderful repeating lines. And so immediately I think, I want to…see if I can find a picture here.…That arrow is pointing this way, and an arrow was just such a strong…compositional thing, and it implies movement and motion. And so my first thought…is, I am going to come around here, because if I shoot down the length of the…arrow, I am going to have--if I shoot with a wide angle down the length of the…arrow, I am going to have some nice perspective that's maybe going to give it a…little more dynamism and really reinforce the idea of motion in this arrow.…
And still I have got the repeating textures and all of that kind of thing.…So I am trying some of that. And as you can see, I am doing what I have said…you've got to do: I am working the shot.…
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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