Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video When the scene doesn't fit in the frame, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
As sometimes happens in life, I find myself in a forest full of old car doors.…And as usually happens when that sort of thing transpires, I think, boy, photo opp!…I look out here at this scene and it just seems like boy,…this is such a picture waiting to happen.…It's all of these rusted-out car doors, and they're all old car doors. Whoever…has done this has this weird fetish for old car doors and plainly has been…ripping them off from cars and heaping them out here in great rows. And it's nice.…
There is all this repetition.…There is all this cool rusted texture.…This is just seemingly a gold mine of photographic opportunity.…If I'm into details, it is.…I have been prowling around here, working the details of these scenes,…working the repetition, working the shattered glass, trying to find…interesting textures.…When the sun comes out--and we have got clouds rolling through pretty quick here.…So a lot of time it's in shade--…when the sun comes out, I have got cool glints off of chrome and that sort of thing.…
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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