Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video The basics of color, part of Foundations of Photography: Composition.
I've been asking you to shoot in black and white throughout this course and…I hope by now it's obvious why.…When you take color out of the equation, you get down to pure geometry and form,…and that can make developing and experimenting with your compositional…vocabulary much easier.…But of course, we live in a color world and so a lot of times, and maybe for you…all the time you're going to want to shoot in color.…As I said earlier though, working with color is hard, color is an entirely…different layer of information that's set on top of your image, and now you've…seen the importance of simplifying your image to help make the subject and…background more clearly defined. Well if you're adding more information in the form…of color, your image immediately gets more complex.…
Nevertheless, there are some simple guidelines you can follow for composing with color.…Color composition is a very complex subject and we're not going to be able to go…in to great depth here in this course, but in this chapter, we're going to take…
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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