Visual Weight & Balance
Visual Weight & Balance in a photo works much like the physical world. A balanced photo gives a feeling of feeling of stability through position, size, amount, color, texture, and brightness. This is a great tool to attract your the viewer’s eye to a certain location. Now I know there's a ton of factors that go into this category, but don't feel overwhelmed! This will all become second nature the more you shoot. In the mean time, I'll do my best to describe Visual Weight & Balance with simple illustrations and examples below:
If objects have the same size, spacing them equally creates a balanced photo:
2) Size & Quantity
Larger objects have more weight than smaller objects:
Brighter colors carry more weight than neutrals:
Textured objects have more weight than non-textured objects:
Darker objects carry more weight than lighter objects:
Once you can recognize and capture a balanced photo, you can use an unbalanced composition to really emphasize something. While it’s a bit trickier to do, it’s the beauty of photography and art in general. When you have a good grasp of the foundation, you can bend the rules to express something unique to you.
Thank you so much for reading! In 2 weeks, I’ll be starting a series on something that’s just as critical to composition: Lighting. Be sure to subscribe to receive updates and follow @HappyPandaTravels on Instagram for inspirations!