Guidelines For Better Photographic Composition: Balance

Today, photography is characterized by a rapid expansion in technology and concepts. Every year, millions of photographs are taken and an ever-increasing number of new films, cameras, and imaging systems hit the market. The accessibility with which basic skills may be learnt is one of the greatest appeals of the field. Anyone with minimal training can learn how to capture a photograph quickly; however, before you can become a great photographer, you must master photographic techniques. When it comes to photography, composition is key. And one of the most important aspects of composition is balance.

Balance can be defined as the distribution of elements in an image that makes it feel stable and aesthetically pleasing. Achieving balance in your photos will result in images that are more visually appealing and eye-catching.

Types Of Balance

There are two main types of balance that can be used in photography: symmetrical and asymmetrical. Symmetrical balance is when the left and right sides of an image are mirror images of each other. This creates a sense of visual stability and can be very pleasing to the eye. Asymmetrical balance is when the elements in an image are not evenly distributed, but there is still a sense of balance. This type of balance can add visual interest and tension to an image.

How To Use Balance To Create More Interesting And Compelling Photos

There are a few different ways that balance can be used to create more interesting and compelling photos. One way is to use the rule of thirds. This rule states that an image should be divided into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, with the main subject placed at the intersection of those lines. This creates a sense of balance and visual interest. Another way to use balance is through symmetry. Symmetrical images are visually pleasing and can be very eye-catching. To create a symmetrical image, simply place your subject in the center of the frame and make sure that the left and right sides of the image are mirror images of each other. You can also achieve balance by using contrasting elements. For example, you could use a light-colored subject against a dark background or vice versa. This contrast will help to create a sense of balance in the image.

Placing the focus of interest in the picture's geometric center may provide a decent composition, but it is not always a good idea to do so. It frequently divides the image into equal halves and makes it uninteresting and difficult to balance. You may usually create a sense of balance to the composition by dividing the picture space vertically and horizontally into thirds, and placing the focus of interest at one of those points where the imaginary lines intersect.

Comparison-2 views of flamingo

Here's what we're looking for. The flamingo has relaxed, and his neck now forms a pleasing S curve against a better background. So, the S curve is an attractive shape to look for when you compose a photograph.

Triangle formed by 3 nuns

You can use other simple geometric shapes to help your picture composition. Can you see the triangle you get by connecting imaginary lines between the three nuns? This triangle adds strong visual unity to this picture.

Couple on beach

Notice how many triangles are formed by this couple and their reflections. You can help yourself develop an artistic eye by studying pictures to find the strength of their lines, geometric shapes, and balance.

Couple on beach

Achieving good balance is another one of our guidelines for better picture composition. Notice how the leaves, the window, and the couple all seem to be in the right place. The camera viewpoint and subject placement were all carefully selected to create this well-balanced photograph.

Figure on country road

Good balance is simply the arrangement of shapes, colors, or areas of light and dark that complement one another so that the photograph looks well-balanced, not.

Comparison-Girl sitting on wagon

The girl looks like she's going to fall right out of the picture due to lack of visible support.

Comparison-Girl sitting on wagon

Now we've moved our camera viewpoint and have included the much-needed wheel to support our subject. Karen is still off center, but the picture is balanced.

2 couples talking

Imagine that these two couples are standing at either end of a pair of scales. They are evenly balanced, so this is a classic example of symmetrical balance.

Detail of sculpture

Here's an example of nonsymmetrical balance. The large single head balances the smaller child on the right. In general this type of balance is more interesting to look at than symmetrical balance.

Posed couple

For example, this is a balanced photograph, but the subjects can be separated into two vertical pictures-which tends to divide the viewer's attention.

Posed couple-comparison

There are usually several ways to arrange or balance your subjects. You may choose the style on the left because you'd like to convey a feeling of formality-or you may prefer the more relaxed informal pose. They're both well balanced.

Simplicity And Balance In Your Photography Compositions

The majority of great photographs have a lot in common. The more basic and straightforward a photograph is, the clearer and stronger the message becomes. When it comes to simplicity, there are several factors to consider. First, pick a topic that lends itself to a simple setting; for example, instead of photographing the entire region that would confuse the viewer, focus on some essential element within it. Second, try out various vantage points or camera angles. Move the subject of your photograph or go to a different location. View the scene through the lens of your camera. Take note of what you're seeing in front of and behind your subject. Take a look at both the foreground and background. Experiment with high and low angles as well as eye-level perspectives. Consider each viewpoint and angle carefully before capturing it. Look beyond and ahead of your subject to see what else is there.

No matter which method you use, achieving balance in your photos will result in images that are more visually appealing and eye-catching. So next time you're out taking photos, keep balance in mind and see how it can help improve your compositions.