Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Working the shot: Why one is never enough, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
We live in a world that's pretty saturated with images, with really beautiful…images a lot of times, and it can be a little difficult for the learning…photographer to realize just how much work goes into a lot of those beautiful…finished images they see in news magazines or National Geographic, things like that.…No National Geographic goes on assignment to shoot the Great Pyramid or…whatever, gets off the plane in Egypt, walks out, sees the pyramid, thinks…about it, sets up their camera and goes, click, "Okay, I've got the shot, I'm going home."…It doesn't work that way. They shoot lots of lots of pictures. They shoot dozens…of pictures, hundreds of pictures, hoping to get down to those twelve to thirteen that might…go in a magazine article.…
This is a process called working the shot, and it's something that you have…to start doing if you want to get good composition, if you want to get good exposure.…Working the shot is critical to finding the image that's really there after you…had an impulse that there is a photo there of some kind.…
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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