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.

We bring you ‘Jo & His Camera’ Comic Strips wherein a Magical Camera gives DSLR photography tutorials to Jo.

Click on the below Image to see the Comic wherein the Camera explains Jo, the concept of Rule of Odds Composition with the help of practical examples.

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