Photography Foundations: Composition

Photography Foundations: Composition

Photography Foundations: Composition is an Intermediate level tutorial on Photography, compiled by the creator, Ben Long. This tutorial is an essential base for an individual who needs to sharpen his/her Photography expertise. It provides you a strong understanding on Photography Foundations, Photography, Photography Foundations and Photography.

Free Download - Photography Foundations: Composition
Author Ben Long
Publish Date 12/22/2011
Skill Intermediate
Duration 5h 29m
Topic Photography
Video Tutorials 90
Last Update N/A

Composition can make an interesting subject bland or make an ordinary subject appear beautiful. In this course, photographer and author Ben Long explores the concepts of composition, from basics such as the rule of thirds to more advanced topics such as the way the eye travels through a photo.

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.

Topics include:

  • 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

Photography Foundations: Composition : Video Lessons

  • Welcome1m 43s
  • Using this course7m 27s
  • What you need to know2m 50s
  • What is composition?2m 1s
  • All form, all the time46s
  • How your camera is not like your eye2m 52s
  • Looking vs. seeing2m 25s
  • Vision and attention2m 13s
  • Dynamic range1m 59s
  • Seeing exercises3m 5s
  • What all good compositions have1m 8s
  • Subject and background3m 5s
  • Balance7m 20s
  • Point of view3m 22s
  • Simplicity2m 59s
  • Finding and capturing a good photo2m 11s
  • Working the shot: Why one is never enough6m 41s
  • Practicing3m 24s
  • Why black and white?2m 21s
  • Exercise: Practicing the fundamentals with points4m 17s
  • Lines7m 7s
  • Analyzing lines6m 35s
  • Exploring a town4m 7s
  • The Franklin Hotel2m 7s
  • Shapes10m 13s
  • Repetition: Arranging the elements1m 37s
  • Rule of threes1m 36s
  • Perspective1m 47s
  • Symmetry1m 10s
  • Focal length, camera position, and depth2m 27s
  • Intersections1m 41s
  • Exercise: Practicing fundamentals with geometry1m 21s
  • Working a shot, revisited3m 21s
  • Understanding the photographic impulse2m 58s
  • Warming up2m 16s
  • Exercise: Get your feet moving2m 3s
  • Thirds: How rectangular frames are weighted2m 20s
  • Tonal balance3m 52s
  • Content balance1m 20s
  • Squares: Weighting the corners2m 24s
  • Composing people3m 42s
  • Composing landscapes3m 53s
  • Sometimes you can't get the shot1m 12s
  • Practicing thirds with points and geometry1m 45s
  • Practicing squares with points and geometry1m 12s
  • Image analysis: The work of Steve Simon13m 27s
  • It's the light1m 50s
  • Direction of light8m 30s
  • Texture2m 7s
  • Shadows and negative space1m 19s
  • Exposure concerns2m 44s
  • Keeping one eye on post58s
  • Light as subject1m 38s
  • Introducing the workshop location and instructors1m 2s
  • Assignment: Finding light5m 17s
  • Shooting the light3m 14s
  • Critiquing the light assignment9m 26s
  • The basics of color1m 4s
  • When to shoot color3m 56s
  • How to shoot color2m 47s
  • Practicing color composition1m 4s
  • Image analysis: The work of Paul Taggart13m 20s
  • Entry and exit5m 41s
  • Framing2m 17s
  • Examining the composition of this set2m 28s
  • Narrative1m 55s
  • When the scene doesn't fit in the frame3m 13s
  • Guiding the viewer's eye1m 14s
  • Assignment: Foreground and background3m 4s
  • Shooting foreground and background relationships2m 19s
  • Critiquing the foreground and background assignment8m 13s
  • Planes5m 13s
  • Controlling depth4m 54s
  • Juxtaposition2m 58s
  • Fear4m 3s
  • Layers55s
  • Image analysis: The work of Connie Imboden16m 21s
  • Recomposing an image with the Crop tool7m 23s
  • Resizing an image8m 9s
  • Tone8m 54s
  • Altering the perspective in Photoshop4m 38s
  • Changing composition through retouching6m 16s
  • Vignetting to drive attention6m 1s
  • Workshop wrap-up and exhibition3m 13s
  • Workshop students' final thoughts7m 9s
  • Final thoughts1m

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