asymmetrical balance the imaginary central pivot point
is still presumed to be present; however, instead of
mirror images on each side of the picture area, the
subject elements are notably different in size, shape,
weight, tone, and placement. Balance is established by
equalizing the element forces in spite of their
equalized by a single heavier object placed on the other
side of the imaginary pivot point (fig. 5-10).
Asymmetrical balance is more difficult to achieve than
symmetrical balance, because of the problem of
elements within the picture area as well as presenting
some form of stability.
same size on the left side of the picture.
important to balance; for example, a person may be
walking in a direction, or his eyes may be looking in a
of movement. When the feeling of direction is present
within a scene, it tends to upset the balance if judged on
the size of the subject alone.
pictures. To gain this understanding, you can continually
test your feelings for balance as you look through your
camera viewfinder. Once you gain an understanding of
the principles of pictorial balance, achieving balance in
your photographs becomes an easy process.
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