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How to Create Balance In the Photos You are Taking

Posted by Jacob Hawthorne on

Composition is very important in photography. It can attract a viewer’s eye drawing them to the picture before they can even clearly see the subject manner.

Balance and composition go hand in hand and there are many types of balance to be considered. Different elements can be used on their own or combined to make an image aesthetically pleasing. Here are some you will want to consider when you are framing your photos.

Symmetrical Balance

Symmetrical balance is always pleasing to the eye. However, some photographers advise against taking pictures that are too perfectly symmetrical. For instance, if you are photographing a person, it is best to position them so they are off center to the picture, unless you are taking a classic headshot.

However, if you are taking a picture of a building, it’s a good idea to capture its architectural symmetry.

You can tell you achieved symmetry if both sides of the frame have equal weight and if they would look almost identical if the image was split in half.

Asymmetrical Balance

Asymmetrical balance is more common in modern photography. It provides good composition, but it isn’t as predictable as a symmetrical photo. Therefore, adds interest.

To create asymmetrical balance, you will want to apply the rule of thirds. Imagine that your image is divided using three horizontal lines and three vertical lines. Then position the objects in your photo so they hit on the intersections.

A good example would be a photograph with a window located on the upper left-hand side and a bicycle or another large object placed on the lower right-hand side.

Color Balance

A photo with too many colors can look overwhelming and unbalanced. To provide the right composition, surround bright colors with neutrals. Put vibrant tones on either end of the photo and lighter tones in the middle or vice versa.

Tonal Balance

Tonal balance will be like color balance in black and white photography. It ensures that bright, light areas are balanced by darker, heavier areas.

Conceptual Balance

Conceptual balance is similar to asymmetrical balance, but it requires you to find the right composition for two objects that vary in size and shape. You may have to play around with camera angles to find a balance that works in this kind of situation.

How to Take a Balanced Photo

It’s easy to take a balanced photo when you are in control of the objects and atmosphere you are shooting, but if you are doing street or landscape photography, this may not be as easy to achieve. As with conceptual balance, you may need to adjust the angle you are shooting at. You may need to shoot at a wider angle or adjust your depth of field to improve the composition.

You will also have to experiment a bit. Take a few test shots to decide if the image looks balanced. Keep trying out new angles until you find something that works.

Balance is an important photo component. The tips in this article will help you find a balance that works for you. How will you be incorporating these ideas to up your photo game?

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