Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Tone, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Ben: Earlier in this course, we talked about the idea that you can create balance…in an image by playing different tones against each other.…So, you might balance light against dark, dark against light.…You can balance dark parts against each other;…you can do the same with light parts.…These are all ways that you can create balance in your image.…However, there will be times when you can't get the tonal balance that you want…in camera through exposure adjustment.…Sometimes you simply can't capture the dark blacks or light whites that you…need to create the composition that you want.…
In these instances, you'll need to expose to capture as much tonal information…as you can, with the idea that you will correct the tones in that image to get…the composition that you want.…In other words, sometimes you'll need to darken up blacks or lighten up whites…or adjust the grays or colors in your image to finish it off and get that…compositional balance working.…Alrighty. We're going to look at three examples of how I have altered tone in an image to…
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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