Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Workshop students' final thoughts, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Abe Lopez: My name is Abe Lopez, and I'm a middle school art teacher, and this is my…Abe: wife Olivia. Olivia: And I teach high school art.…Abe And we've been making art together since college and along with teaching art,…we also continue to make art, and going to workshops has been very helpful to us…in keeping up with what's current in the art world, and also being able to work…with other artists who have perfected their craft and continue to work and…developing new ideas.…
So we've been very blessed to be here with Connie and Ben Long in this workshop.…Some of the ideas that they have given us were learning how to see things in a…new way, familiar sites that we're with.…So when we look at our familiar surroundings, you know, how can you see that…differently? And being that we're working in photography, being able to manipulate…light and to look at light has been very important.…So, some of the challenges that she gave us was how do you take a portrait of…light and not what light does, but what light is.…
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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