Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Vignetting to drive attention, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
A vignette is a darkening in the corners of your image.…It's caused by your lens, and one of the marks has a good lens is a lack of vignetting.…You will most often find vignetting when shooting in extremely wide angles.…If you have vignetting throughout the zoom range on your camera then you…probably need to think about a lens upgrade.…That said, there are times when you want vignetting.…A vignette can drive attention to the center of your image and help control the viewer's eye.…The thing is, you want control of when a vignette happens.…This is why you don't want a lens with a vignette problem; instead, you want the…ability to shoot clean images because you can add any vignetting that you want…later using Photoshop.…
Here is an image you saw before.…This is what we used as our vignette- correction example. And here you can see…that I have gone through and done my black-and-white correction, some tonal…adjustments, and I have got my image coming along pretty well here.…But still, my eye tends to wander. There's something.…
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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