Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Simplicity, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Check out this cool car here.…It's got grass growing around it.…The light is fading on it. It's very atmospheric.…I want to take a picture. Here we go.…That's not much of a picture is it. Why?…Well, because that's not just a picture of the car. What's the sky for?…What's the road in here for?…What's the fence in here for?…I've got all this extra stuff.…I need to simplify. Simplicity is one of the hallmarks of a good image.…I'm going to go in closer here, and bang, I get this.…Okay this is a simpler image, but I've got all those trees behind.…
The trees don't serve any function, so I am going to move over here.…Again, I am working very quickly because the sun is going down very fast, and it's…not going to long much longer. Okay, here is this one and this one, I'm too far…away again, and now I've got that telephone pole back there. That's no good.…So I am going to come in closer, real close, and I want to try and hide that…telephone pole behind the car.…I really like this brick right in front, and the light's gotten really nice.…
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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