Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Why black and white?, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
As I mentioned earlier, for most of the exercises in this course I want you to…be shooting in black and white.…Now if you've never worked in black and white before, that may sound like…a rather odd choice.…But when you're shooting black and white, you reduce the world to tone and line…and form, and that can make composition much easier.…To be honest, color can be hard, as it adds an entire extra layer of information…to your image, both in terms of composition and overall feel.…By removing color from the equation, we strip composition down to its most…fundamental, most essential components.…
You can learn everything you need to know about shooting and processing black and…white images in my course Foundations of Photography: Black & White.…Whether you have seen that course or not, let me reiterate a couple of essential…black-and-white concepts.…First, there is no objective relationship between any particular color and any…particular shade of gray.…In other words, a blue sky can be represented with any shade of gray, from dark to light.…
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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