The Photographic Composition The Visual Weight

The Photographic Composition The Visual Weight

The composition is one of the most important one click. We have already discussed in previous articles, the main rules of composition but, as you can easily guess, the composition of the images is not as simple as it sounds.A very important component of the composition is the taste and the eye of the photographer who must be able to create a harmonious and interesting subject.
While the composition is essential to know how to use lights, shadows, sizes, colors and lines, the other is particularly important to know how to play with the balance of everything inside of a photograph Balance we have already discussed in a previous article and the time has come to deepen this concept by introducing the visual weight.

But what is the visual weight? The visual weight is the ability of an element to attract the eye and the viewer’s attention.

How can an object or a particular attract our eye more than the rest of the picture? There are a number of parameters which, combined, can be predominant, for example:

Dimension. A large element has a visual weight greater than a small element.
Position. An element placed at the bottom has a greater weight than one positioned at the top. Or even an item placed on the right has more weight than an element positioned on the left.
The distribution. One element will have greater visual weight than being isolated if incorporated in a group of objects.
Texture. A structured element will have more weight than one with a simple plot
Shape. Closed forms, geometric, regular have a greater visual weight than other forms.
Color. Warm colors have a greater visual weight than cool colors, as well as saturated colors than the desaturated or dark colors than light colors.
The contrast. One element that generates contrast to the rest of the elements will have more visual weight.

Manage the visual weight of an object is a problem related both to the same object, both the scene within which it is positioned. Not forgetting of course the photographer’s eye, crucial in finding the right visual weight. An attractive image usually has its visual weight evenly distributed, balanced. And the balance of these weights is a situation which is purely subjective, directly linked to perceptions of the photographer. However, you can define the “starting point” for the less trained eyes:

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