– the quality of being made up of exactly similar parts facing each other or around an axis.
A simpler definition states:“Symmetry is a vague sense of harmonious and beautiful proportion and balance”.
Combining both definitions when you photograph is a technical risk worth taking.
Symmetry is one of the 9 essential composition rules of photography. The most common places you’ll find great symmetry for photos are buildings, skyscrapers, doors, windows, ceiling patterns, corridors, garden designs, in viewing palm trees, and even in a body of water’s reflection.
Three tips for to create great symmetrical images
Understand the five kinds of photography balance – The five are symmetrical balance, asymmetrical balance, tonal balance, color balance, and conceptual balance.
Composition is key – Use the rule of thirds as your guide. This will help you keep the line of symmetry central and balance both horizontal and vertical lines.
Look up, look down, look forward – In other words, don’t stay in one place. Move around. Lay down if you must. Or shoot from a high distance. You’ll be surprised at how much symmetry you’ll be able to spot.
Finding symmetry becomes easier once you start looking for it – the more you look for symmetrical objects and photograph them, the more you will find yourself viewing everything in a symmetrical form.
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