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Symmetrical, or Formal, Balance
Symmetrical, or formal, balance in a photograph is
achieved when elements on both sides of the picture are
of equal weight (fig. 5-9A). The idea of formal balance
can be related to a seesaw, When there are two equally
weighted objects on the seesaw and they are equidistant
from the pivot point, or fulcrum, the board will be in
balance.
Pictures with formal balance may look static and
unexciting; however, they do present an air of dignity.
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