Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Tonal balance, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Balance is one of the most ephemeral, kind of slippery compositional ideas…that we're going to cover in this course.…It's also probably the most important.…If you had to pick a single word to define composition, balance would be in the running.…It's a very difficult thing to define,…it's also the most critical thing for you to understand about composition.…We've looked a lot at ways of creating balance through the use of geometry,…weighting elements in your scene against each other.…There's another way of balancing an image though, and that's through tone or lightness.…
Right now, we've got a whole bunch of bright on this side of the frame and…that's creating a certain amount of weight, and so we are balancing that with a…whole bunch of dark on this side of the frame.…Light against dark can create a sense of balance.…You can also go more symmetrical and do light against light or dark against dark.…We've also got a rhythmic thing going on in this frame.…We've got light and then dark, and then light again and then dark.…
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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