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2. Balance > Balancing with Objects - Pg. 12

2.1 2.2 balancing with PeoPle Take a close look at 2.1. Although at first sight the image looks good, it is not well bal- anced. There is too much "people weight" on the right and not enough on the left. Now take a look at 2.2. I took a few steps to the left to improve the distribution of people in my frame. By making a small adjustment of my angle in relation to the bride, I was able to position all the bridesmaids on the left of the frame, and then balance their weight with the bride and groom on the right side of the frame. The result: a much more bal- anced photograph. balancing with objects Balancing with objects is a lot of fun, but it can be a little confusing. The tricky part is deciding which object(s) to use. Sometimes there is no question about what object to choose, because there is only one. Let's say it's a lonely tree on top of a hill. Put the tree on one side of the frame and your subject(s) on the other, and you're done. But what happens when you have tens of objects to choose from, all with different shapes and colors and sizes? Now how do you balance your image? If the objects you should use as balance don't quite jump out at you, ask yourself these five questions. Five Key Questions For choosing a balance Point 1. Which object is the biggest and/or most dominant? If you remove the groom getting ready from image 2.3, the painting of Gandhi is clearly the most dominant object in the frame. So I chose the painting as my point of balance, with Gandhi on the right and the groom on the left. Notice how the photo is nicely balanced. 2. Which object is the brightest? I took this photo (2.4) in Beijing while taking a stroll down the street. I noticed the two men sitting in front of the little store, but my eyes 12 P ic t u r e P e r f ec t Pr ac tic e