Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Warming up , part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Athletes warm up. Musicians warm up.…It's always struck me as a little bit strange that writers and…visual artists don't warm up.…You can't sit at work all day and then suddenly walk out the door and be a photographer.…Doing good work with your camera requires a particular mindset and visual…sense, and it's very hard to simply turn that on and off.…Photography is a physical experience.…It's mostly centered around your visual sense obviously.…But like any physical activity, warming up first will make things easier.…Now, the good news is that if you don't warm up you're not likely to injure…yourself, but if you do warm up, I think you might find that you get into a…shooting awareness and state of mind faster than if you don't warm up.…
So how does one warm up for photography?…Well, first of all, look at images that you like. Look at your own images that…have worked for you before, look at someone else's images that gets you back…into the mindset of looking at images and seeing models of nice images.…
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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