Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting the light, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Male speaker: The assignment is to capture light and part of the idea of capturing light is…you're capturing form as well.…So I was just playing with the light coming across the building here, being…shadowed by the overhang, making these triangular statements here, the shadow…that falls underneath the boards themselves and just trying to look at that in…a variety of ways.…
Even with all of this going on you've got all these sort of sub-statements…going on as well, so I am curious to see how that will translate out into the…final images.…Ben: Like you, these students have been given the task of going out and trying to…shoot light as a subject itself.…So they're looking for interesting plays of light.…They're looking for scenarios where the light has caught their attention and can…hold down the subject of an entire photo on its own.…
…Something that's interesting about a class like this is we've got a wide variety…of skill levels, some of these students are fairly beginners, others are…experienced shooters actually coming from a film background.…
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 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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