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.


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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