In addition to making things lighter and darker, one of the many things that…light does is to create texture.…As you get angled light onto a rough surface, the surface casts little shadows…on itself and you see all this wonderful texture.…In this old beat-up hotel we are just finding that all over the place.…There's peeling paint.…There's broken plaster.…There are shattered windows.…It's just a texture fest in here.…I've noticed with students that eventually there is some point where every…beginning photographer begins to see texture and recognize texture as a really…wonderful thing to photograph.…
It's a wonderful representation of light itself.…That's said, you have to be very careful with texture, because particularly in…a place like this, it's interesting to come in and see all this texture and go wow!…There's got to be a composition here and sometimes there is.…You can start working with it, and maybe you can find something interesting.…It's important to pay attention though to the fact that very often texture…
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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