Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Vision and attention, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
There is something else to consider about how your brain impacts your visual sense.…Right now you are looking at a window on your computer screen and you're…possibly paying attention to the image of me that's there, rambling on and…on. Try this though.…Don't take your eyes off me. I love this movie.…Now try to tune into everything else that you can see within your field of view.…Note that you can see lots of other things on the monitor itself. Beyond the…edges of the screen you can see what's--I feel like a stewardess.…
Beyond the edges of the screen, you can see what's next to and beside the…monitor, and as you keep tuning into all of that that's there in your periphery,…you realize that you have almost a 180-degree field of view.…Now all of that has been there the whole time that you've been watching me and…yet you were probably unaware of most of it.…This is another way that your brain differs from your camera.…While your eyes are picking up this very wide visual panorama, your brain is…
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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