Balance is an odd thing in photography. It’s one of those things that’s difficult for people to quantify – especially observers who aren’t familiar with critiquing photography. They look at the image, something feels a little bit off but they can’t quite put their finger on it. It’s what people often mean when they say “Oh, that landscape could do with a person in that bit over there”, because an image looks perhaps a little lopsided and uncomfortable.
In this video, photographer Pat Kay walks us through “Balance” in episode 9 of his series on visual patterns. It’s a well thought out series, and if you want to see them all, there’s a playlist here, but I felt that balance was a topic that often seems to stump photographers, isn’t spoken about as much as things like “The rule of thirds” and other popular topics, so needed to be featured here.