This is a beginners series on the Fundamentals of Composition, Class #1.
We will watch several videos by Ben Long, lasting between 20-40 minutes.
There will be 7 additional classes that will build upon each other. If you can not attend all you can go to Lynda.com and follow along there.
In this class, you will learn
- What is composition
- Looking vs Seeing
- Working a shot
- Understanding the photographic impulse
- Warming up
And then execute an exercise: Get your feet moving
What to bring
Bring your camera, pen and paper, snacks, drinks. You will be LEARNING a lot of rules and techniques and will want to study this information until it is second nature. When you get into a photographic situation where you can't find the shot or are overwhelmed, you will be able to fall back to these learning and walk away with a great shot.
You can use any type of camera. Composition is about lining up your subject in the viewfinder, however this class is best served by those with a camera that can control depth of field and shutter speed. Also if you have a telephoto or multiple lenses.
It is not necessary but you should familiarize yourself with:
Over and underexposure
Depth of field
Speed of a lens
The functionality of your camera’s features and button layout.
There is plenty of free parking but arrive early.
Special thanks to Colleen Kelly who is providing the space at Bandia Rua Studios to host this meetup. If you need studio rental time, talk to Colleen.
Your First Assignment
Go to Centennial Park, starting at the pedestrian bridge on Elliot Ave and take pictures! This will be your before shots! Now get too it!