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Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs by Roberto Valenzuela

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2. Balance

PHOTOGRAPHIC BALANCE is one of many compositional techniques available to you. Not to be confused with the rule of thirds, balance is a technique in and of itself. To use balance in a photo, practice how to harness the best balance properties of any location. This goal is easier said than done.

If you have too many elements on the right side of your photo, the “photographic scale” will tilt to the right, leaving the left side empty. If you place points of interest evenly across the frame, you will automatically achieve visual balance. Balance techniques are very subjective. As with all art, there is no right or wrong way of doing things. However, you can take advantage of techniques to make the overall feel of your photography more ...

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