Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Sometimes you can't get the shot, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
I've pulled over here by the road because there is this wonderful thing…out here in this field.…It's this big empty field, except there is this one bit of vegetation that's…making this beautiful S-curve through the whole field ending up with those…wonderful clouds, and almost at the apex of one of those curves is that tree…which is this wonderfully nice little accent.…So, I am here.…I am lined up. I take my shot and this is what I get.…It just doesn't quite work, the S-curve is little too compressed.…It just looks a little flat.…Plainly, I'm too low.…
I need to get higher.…I can try standing on the car.…I don't have anything else to stand on.…There are no trees around to climb. I just can't get this shot.…I'm not doing anything wrong here.…I am just not tall enough, and even if I was taller, then I might be running in…the telephone wires up there.…There are a tremendous number of beautiful scenes to photograph in the world.…There aren't necessarily the same numbers of photographic opportunities.…Sometimes if you're in a situation like this and you can see it clearly in your…
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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