Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Workshop wrap-up and exhibition, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Ben Long: It's the last day of the workshop. We are all done. The images have been printed.…They are on display. Students are walking from studio to studio looking at…each other's work.…Connie, you've done these exercises a lot in a lot of workshops.…They've done some great work here this weekend.…Is this typically what you find from these exercises?…Connie Imboden: When I have students who are really excited about what they're doing, are…really committed, yes.…But often I don't have students that are as committed as these students have…been, and I think this work has really just been marvelous.…
Ben: They are very, very simple exercises.…It's interesting, we did them with the students this summer, and it's amazing…how the same exercises,…it just seems you put them in front of anybody and it really does change the…way they see.…Connie: Right! Well, we're used to composing around subjects and the light assignment…especially forces you to compose around what you're looking at and seeing in a…much more graphic way than a subject-oriented way.…
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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