In my first post on “did it have balance”, I talked about creating Balance in your photos.
Every shape, color value, line, areas of mass, (for example a building, tree, people, etc.), provides weight that when arranged correctly in your composition provides a way to pull the viewer throughout the frame, creating a feeling of balance. The balance occurs when the viewer’s ‘eye’ moves in a steady flow without one single area stopping it or bogging it down.
To keep your photo balanced, it’s important to counter-weight an element with another object with a similar mass. This can be done with different degrees of contrast, different colors, and differing areas of light and shadows.
In my first post, I talked about creating Formal Balance in your imagery. In this post I want to address the other kind of balance which is Informal Balance or Asymmetrical Balance as it also refereed as.
Informal Balance unlike Formal Balance is more interesting to look at. Instead of mirrored subject matter on both sides of the vertical center, the balance will still rely on an imaginary center point, but now the elements are different in size, shape, color, and mass. The balance comes from the the placement of these elements in the frame in spite of their differences.
That being said, Informal Balance is more difficult to achieve than Formal Balance. Creating and assigning the relative values to completely unrelated objects can take practice. One way to test whether or not your photo has balanced is to turn your photo upside-down.
In the above photo, I’ve created an asymmetrical balance by capturing the scene from a different point of view. The angle I choose created the feeling of stability needed for the viewer to perceive a sense of balance. I’ve deliberately manipulated the subject in such a way as to balance the visual weight in both the classic car and the building.
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