Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting foreground and background relationships, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Ben Long: So we've been looking at layers and how different layers in the world can be…compressed into a flat two-dimensional image.…This class is going to do the same thing.…They've been tasked with going out and trying to take pictures that show a…relationship between foreground and background objects that doesn't actually…exist in the real world.…This is very much like what we've been exploring in our layers discussions…about how something in the foreground can be made to intersect with or stand…next to something in the background. In a way that you don't really see, there are…a lot of things that indicate depth to the human eye.…
There is scale--things in the distance seems smaller.…There is depth cueing that comes in the form of light falloff.…Things in the distance maybe have a different type of light on them.…These are all things that your brain does a masterful job of sorting out so…that you understand the 3D world that you live in.…We are asking these students to short- circuit that entire process, to try to…
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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