A Photography Balancing Act

Photo Credit: Rick Sammon

Balance is important in life. It’s also important in our photography.

In creating this image of three models in an historic hotel in Venice, Italy during Carnavale 2018, I thought about balance. I placed the models, one in the foreground and two in background, for a balanced photograph – following the composition rule: the rule of odds.

Generally speaking, a photograph with an odd number of subjects is more pleasing than a photograph with an even number of subjects. It’s a rule, by the way, that I have been known to break more than once.

Next, because the models were strongly backlit, I had to balance the light from my Canon speedlite in a Westcott softbox to the room light – with the goal of having my photograph look like an all-natural light photograph. I did the using the +/- EV control on my speedlite.

As I rule (one that I don’t break), to make sure I don’t lose important images like this, I always record to two Delkin cards (SD and Compact Flash) in my Canon 5D Mark IV.

The next time you are photographing, think about the importance of balance.

Get more tips from Delkin Devices Image Maker Rick Sammon through his web site: www.ricksammon.com.