Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video When to shoot color, part of Foundations of Photography: Composition.
I've been asking you to shoot in black and white so far throughout this…course, obviously in this chapter we're talking about color.…But the reason I've been asking you to shoot black and white is because color…can be confusing sometimes, it's difficult to compose with color.…Color creates an extra layer of information for the viewer, and sometimes that's…just more information than you need.…As I said earlier, when you strip color out, you get down to really…basic composition.…But take a look at this, right now I'm standing here against a background…that is a peach color.…
In black and white, the tone of the background and the tone of my skin are…almost exactly the same, which means it's hard to get separation of me from…the background.…Tone is simply the brightness of a particular gray value.…The brightness of my skin, the brightness of the back wall,…they're about the same, and so I am kind of disappearing here into the wall.…There are a couple of ways of dealing with this.…In my black and white conversion, I can make sure that this peach color gets…
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
Foundations of Photography: Exposurewith Ben Long3h 24m Appropriate for all
Foundations of Photography: Black and Whitewith Ben Long3h 4m 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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