35 : Balanced Compositions

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Earlier in Shoot 2016 we looked at symmetrical composition, which shows formal balance between both halves of an image. This week we are going to explore asymmetrical balance, also called informal balance, when elements contrast each other in size, shape or placement.

Balance can be achieved through controlling the visual weight, intensity of color, or dominance of different elements in your shots. 

For an image to be balanced, however, the placement must be done strategically. Imagine that your subjects are on a seesaw. If the bigger person sits too close to the end, the smaller person will not have enough visual weight and will feel lost within the image. Frame your subjects to keep the seesaw level!

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Creative Prompts

  • A large tree and a small child
  • An older and younger sibling
  • A child with a small toy
  • A child in the foreground and a child in the distance
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