Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video What all good compositions have, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
As we discussed earlier, this course is built around you going out and…practicing very specific things that will over time give you a robust…compositional vocabulary, and that process is going to begin in this chapter.…The last movie in this chapter will be a specific assignment wherein I will task…you with shooting a specific kind of subject matter.…However, you haven't had any composition instruction yet, so we need a little bit…of that before you head out shooting.…There are lots of compositional ideas and concepts, and we're going to go over…scores of them in this course, with the aim of getting them into your body so…that eventually you can work with them by feel.…
Not every image will have every compositional idea that we're going to discuss…in this course, but all images will have four things: a clearly defined subject…and background, a sense of balance, a point of view, and a degree of simplicity.…These are compositional concepts that you cannot avoid.…So in the rest of this chapter, we're going to discuss exactly what these things…
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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