Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Symmetry, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
One of the easiest ways to achieve a balanced image is to look for symmetry…in your composition.…A perfectly symmetrical image is really sturdy in terms of balance.…It's just a rock-solid balance that can be very pleasing. It's very ordered.…Your eye knows immediately where to go.…Watch what happens if we break the symmetry, if we throw things off just a…little bit by panning the camera.…It just doesn't work anymore.…The image is out of balance.…It's far less comfortable to look at, our eye gets a little more lost.…
But now look what happened,…if we keep going in that direction, until I am positioned right on one of the…third lines. When we do that, the image comes back into balance.…Now it's not the same balance as a perfectly symmetrical image.…This one's got maybe a little more tension in it, because it's not so…perfectly symmetrical, but it is balanced again.…So, when working with symmetrical content, you can combine that with what you…know about working with thirds to create an image that still is balanced, has…
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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