Quantcast Asymmetrical,  or  Informal,  Balance

PHC Chet King 302.42 Figure  5-10.–Asymmetrical,  or  Informal,  balance. Asymmetrical,  or  Informal,  Balance Asymmetrical,  or  informal,  balance  is  usually  much more   interesting   than   symmetrical   balance.   In 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 differences. Asymmetrical balance is introduced when the presumed weight of two or more lighter objects is 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 establishing  relative  weight  values  for  dissimilar elements within the picture area as well as presenting some  form  of  stability. Aspects  of  Balance There are many other factors to consider in order to make pictures appear balanced. Some of these are as follows: An object far from the center of the picture seems to have more weight than one near the center. Objects in the upperpart of a picture seem heavier than objects of the same size in the lower part of a picture. Isolation seems to increase the weight of an object. Intensely interesting objects seem to have more compositional   weight. Regular shapes seem to have more weight than irregular  shapes. Elements on the right side of an asymmetrical picture appear to have more weight than elements of the same size on the left side of the picture. The directions in which figures, lines, and shapes appear  to  be  moving  within  the  picture  area  are important to balance; for example, a person may be walking in a direction, or his eyes may be looking in a direction, or the shape of some element creates a feeling 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. Understanding  the  factors  required  to  create pictorial balance is essential for you to produce good 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. 5-12


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