Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Squares: Weighting the corners, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
The ratio of the width of an image to the height of an image is referred to…as the image's aspect ratio.…If you're shooting with an SLR, you're most likely shooting with an aspect ratio of 3:2.…This is the same as 35 mm film.…Some SLRs though, and most point and shoots, have an aspect ratio of 4:3.…That's the aspect ratio of standard definition television.…HD television has an aspect ratio of 16:9. If your aspect ratio is 1:1,…then you're shooting in a square and there is a great tradition of square…format photography.…
If you ever had a medium format film camera, then it probably shot square frames.…Shooting squares is different than shooting rectangles though. As we have already…discussed when you shoot with a rectangular frame, you tend to balance the image…by dividing the frame into thirds and working the thirds.…Square doesn't divide into three very evenly, instead while it divides evenly…just doesn't divide very well.…Instead when you are shooting squares it's a good idea to try to balance 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: 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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