In balance of masses, two (or more) objects are included in the photo that, well, balance each other out. While generally similar in size, they sometimes vary with one smaller subject and one larger. But as long as they compliment each other, their sizes and shapes don’t matter.
There are so many possibilities for balance of masses in food photography! A salt shaker and basket of fries, a slice of cake and scoop of ice cream, a stack of pancakes and a pat of butter, a messy cheeseburger and crumpled up napkin…
Be creative, but try to avoid sticking random unrelated objects into your photo just to “fill space.” The ensuing shot usually results in a cluttered and distracting photo. When in doubt, take it out: simple is always good!
Here are a few examples of balance of masses from my photography. Sometimes I use two objects, sometimes three or more—as long as they balance out!
Now it’s your turn to practice balance of masses! Feel free to post any questions, comments, or tips in the comments section below!