Photo © Michael Kenna
In theory, symmetric composition goes against a very basic rule you are likely to find in every photography book: the infamous ROT or rule of thirds. This rule is a good starting point but only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to composing our images.
It’s sole purpose if looked at simply, seems to be to help us place the main subject out of
the centre of the frame.
But who said that a picture wouldn’t look good with a subject dead in the center?
If that is your intention and you have a valid reason, I can assure you, it will come
through and the picture will work.
The center is infact the most powerful place within our frame to be aware of and
to use wisely. Rudolf Arnheim dedicated a whole book to it;
“The Power of the Center, a study of composition in the visual arts.”
It’s a great read, if you want to go beyond the rule of thirds and take your
composition to the next level, I highly recommend it.
We also prepared a Pinterest board to get you inspired. Check out how symmetry can be found everywhere, from portraits to reflections. In fashion, nature and architecture.
It can be premeditated or captured by chance.
Look at your archive or go out to shoot and send us your Symmetric images for a chance to win a £200 discount voucher to book any Course or Workshop at LSP.
Please submit your photos here (maximum 3 images per person). Login or register to be able to upload. Deadline: January 31st.
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