July 15, 2019
Equilibrium can refer to two things.
I’m going to tell you how both of these things can help you take better photos!
You know the the icky feeling you get when something bad is about to happen in a movie? Your heart starts pounding, you’re on the edge of your seat (or cowering into the back of it), and the suspense is almost unbearable.
There is one thing that movie makers use to get us to look at something and evoke this kind of emotion and enhance their story.
Camera is looking up at someone? They are a power figure. Dominant and in charge. This could be heroic or villainous.
Camera looking down at someone? They are usually small, in need of something, or a victim. Like a child or a beggar.
Camera tilted? This is the magic I’m talking about. When your camera is tilted it portrays a sense of disarray. Something is off and we can’t quite put our finger on it. The natural human reaction is to retreat when we see this. Our brains just don’t like it!
Now you don’t want someone looking at your photo and inside their brain is saying abort! You want people to linger on and cherish your photos and the people in them!
Straighten out your horizon line! If the horizon line is straight it is going to allow whoever is looking at your image to look at the subject first and stay there. That’s what we want right!?
Back to equillibrium…
Don’t let a crooked horizon line make someone feel like their physical balance is off. Straighten it out and allow them to look at it with a calm mind and treasure your image as much as you do.