The odd number principle of composition rules in photography tutorials
A good photo always has a certain composition rules, the purpose of creating rules is to make the main elements of the photo look more eye-catching, the rule is composition.
For most subject elements, an odd number of subjects are more interesting than an even number of subjects in the same frame.
Although even numbers can form symmetry, and symmetry is often the basis of beauty, but odd numbers can form a certain story, due to the shift of the center of gravity, also can make the picture produce a certain sense of movement.
As we all know, because of symmetry, an even number of subjects can be difficult to form a clear focus, and it is easy for the viewer to get lost in equal visual weight and not know which subject to focus on. Even the even-numbered subjects can hardly create a dynamic look of the photo.
If there are an even number of subjects in the frame, it’s easy to get caught up in the whole picture and not focus on any one of them, so even subjects are good for still shots.
But with a third subject, our eye is immediately drawn to the element placed in the middle of the picture, while the two surrounding elements become auxiliary elements.
When taking photos with an odd number of subjects, we often need to follow the rule of dominance, the most common one is three or five subjects, more than seven subjects will make the picture look very crowded and cannot achieve the role of highlighting the subject. If you have multiple subjects in your work and you want to represent them, the best way to do this is to isolate one subject rather than placing them evenly.
An image composed of an odd number of subjects may be more visually pleasing. We can easily create depth in the image through the placement, and we can more easily highlight the subject due to the deviation of the visual weight of the picture caused by the placement.
The viewer will always subconsciously try to find a central subject, which can be highlighted by the symmetry of the other subjects surrounding the subject. The triangle created by the three subjects helps guide the viewer to create the focus of the image.
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