What is Rule of Odds Composition and Why to Use it in Photography

Want to capture fab images? Then, focus on your composition while photographing a scene! We have explained how to use Rule of Thirds, Centred Composition, Leading Lines, Fill the Frame, Pattern and Texture Composition in our earlier blogs, now let’s proceed to Rule of Odds Composition!

What is Rule of Odds Composition in Photography

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Rule of Odds Composition is when the scene you are photographing contains odd number of subjects like three or five. Odd number of subjects make a picture look dynamic and playful. We suggest, try not to capture more than five subjects in a scene as it makes the picture crowded and difficult for the eyes to focus on the image.

Why should you use Rule of Odds Composition in Photography

Let’s first talk about having even number of subjects in a photograph. If you have even number of subjects, say two – your brain struggles to decide which subject you should look at first. In case of four or more, your brain ends up pairing them which disturbs the flow of your view.

On the other hand, when you have odd number of subjects in a photograph – you cannot pair them.

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As you look at the above image of the horse, you enjoy a free flow. You can focus on each of the 5 heads, one at a time and admire the details of each one of them.

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How to Use Pattern and Texture Composition in Photography

Composition plays a vital role in creating visually appealing photographs. We have explained how to use Rule of Thirds Composition, Centred Composition, Leading Lines and Fill the Frame Composition in our earlier blogs, now let us walk you through Pattern and Texture Composition!

Pattern Composition in Photography

While photographing a scene, look for patterns. The human eye is attracted to patterns as they represent harmony. You can find impressive patterns in a piece of architecture, in a painting, on a flower or anywhere in your natural surroundings.

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Above is an example of Pattern Composition. This photograph is of ‘Telescopus’ – a 3D sculpture by Dominic Johns, on the Cairns Esplanade in Australia. It depicts Mangrove Mud Whelk (large snails). The pattern and the repeated colours on the sculpture makes it an eye-catching image.

Texture Composition in Photography

While pattern is a visual element, texture can be felt as well – as it has some level of dimension to it. You can find interesting textures while photographing a cobbled street, a roof, a tile, a wall or cracked mud.

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Above is an example of Texture Composition. This photograph is of Jenolan Caves in Australia. The texture of the cave walls and the coloured flowstones instantly draws the attention of the viewer and compels him/her to admire its beauty.

Tip: Zoom in your lens or move closer to the subject to capture complete details of its pattern and texture.

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Also, try using more than one composition techniques in a single photograph to create striking images.

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Why and How to Use Fill the Frame Composition in Photography

A Strong Composition can make your photograph stand out. Asking yourself questions like what emotion/mood you want to convey through your photo, who is the main subject in the scene and so on, will help you compose interesting images. We have explained how to use Rule of Thirds Composition, Centred Composition and Leading Lines in our earlier blogs, now let us learn Fill the Frame Composition!

What is Fill the Frame Composition

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Fill the Frame Composition simply means you capture the image of your main subject in such a way, so as to make it appear larger in your photograph. This composition instantly draws the attention of the viewer to your subject.

Why to Use Fill the Frame Composition in Photography

To allow the viewer to focus completely on your subject.

To bring out more details of the photographed subject.

To keep the image free from cluttered backgrounds, foregrounds or any other distractions that aren’t relevant to your subject.

How to Use Fill the Frame Composition in Photography

Zoom in your lens such that the (large) image of your subject fills the frame of your DSLR.

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Move closer to your subject to capture its details. (You can even crop out the edges of the subject to make it more interesting).

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After you click the picture, crop the image. But, we suggest – don’t crop it more or else you may end up with a pixelated (low quality) image.

Tip: Use wide Aperture opening (small f-number) which will make the background blur and help your subject stand out and highlight its details.

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So, go ahead and experiment with different composition techniques to create extraordinary images!

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How to Use Leading Lines to Create Attractive Photographs

A photo that has all the elements of the scene arranged aesthetically within the frame is a well-composed photo.

We have explained how to use Rule of Thirds Composition and Centred Composition in our earlier blogs, now let us walk you through Leading Lines!

Understanding Leading Lines in Photography

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Leading Lines in a photograph can be vertical, horizontal or diagonal. These lines stretch from the foreground to the background and lead the viewer’s eye to the important elements in the photo.

How Leading Lines can Improve your Photograph’s Composition

Leading Lines Composition is wherein you use a street, railway track, road, escalator, field, bridge or a path to draw the viewer’s eye through these lines to a particular part of the frame.

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For instance, if you are taking a picture of a resort. You can use the curved path to guide the viewer from the foreground to the background of the scene where the curved path ends (near the resort room and lake).

If you are photographing a person sitting in the middle of an empty road – the road will serve as leading lines. This way, you can draw the viewers’ attention through leading lines to the person sitting in the middle of the road.

You can also create stunning images using this composition to capture desert landscapes. Here, the leading lines (from the foreground) create a visual pathway and direct the eye to the background of the desert scene.

Another example is when you are photographing a monument. You can use the leading lines in the foreground to guide the viewer’s eye towards the monument (the main subject in the scene).

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So, get your creative juices flowing and click eye-catching images by using Leading Lines Composition!

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What is Centred Composition and Symmetry in Photography Composition

The way in which the various elements in a scene are arranged within the frame is called Composition in Photography. A Good Composition will help you create Incredible Photos. We have explained how to use Rule of Thirds Composition in our earlier blog, now let’s proceed to Centred Composition and Symmetry.

What is Centred Composition and Symmetry

Centred Composition and Symmetry means placing your subject at the centre of the frame, such that it splits in half, either horizontally or vertically. Due to perfect symmetry, this composition creates an aesthetically pleasing balance in your image.

How to Use Centred Composition to Create Beautiful Images

Centred Composition and Symmetry is ideal for photographing Architecture, Landscapes and Roads. You can use this composition to capture Scenes that contain Reflections like Water, Glass or Mirror.

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To achieve proper Centred Composition and Symmetry, you can enable the Grid display option present in the menu of your DSLR. Then, select Live View Mode. Now, you will see grid lines over your subject in real-time on your LCD screen. With the help of these grid lines, try positioning your subject at the exact centre of the frame.

For instance, if you are photographing a landscape with reflection, you can go for Horizontal Symmetry. And if your subject is a building with beautiful architecture, go for Vertical Symmetry. This way, you will succeed in taking a picture that evokes a sense of calmness and soothes the eye of the viewer.

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