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Top Tips On Using Symmetry In Photography

Symmetry is a great technique you can use in your photos to make the ordinary more extraordinary as The School of Photography explains in this tutorial.

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The School of Photography is back with a cracking composition-themed photography tutorial that focuses on how symmetry can really help you create balance and add interest to a photo. 

As The School of Photography explains in the above video, there are several types of symmetry that work well in images which include horizontal symmetry, vertical symmetry, radial symmetry and reflective symmetry. 

  • Horizontal Symmetry - This occurs when a line passes through the scene from left to right, dividing the scene into equal halves.
  • Vertical Symmetry - If the line passes through the scene from top to bottom, dividing the pattern into identical halves, then this creates a vertical line of symmetry.
  • Radial Symmetry - This is where the sides exhibit around a central point. For example, many flowers are radially symmetric with, roughly, identical floral structures.
  • Reflective Symmetry - A favourite with landscape photographers, Reflective Symmetry, as the word suggests, is all about reflections.

Now you know the different forms of symmetry, the next question is 'where can you find it?' and the answer is actually everywhere, you just have to look for it! In architecture, for example, a simple tile floor may have a repetitive pattern while modern buildings have lines and details which can easily be broken down into simple symmetrical shapes. In nature, tree lines work well as do close-up shots of flower heads and mountains reflected in lakes.


Reflections in the landscape


When you start looking for patterns and symmetry, they're compositional tools that are, actually, really easy to find and when used right, you can create very visually powerful, as well as interesting, images that are balanced, harmonious and more importantly, lovely to look at. 

How have you used Symmetry in your photos? Let us know in the comments below or upload your photos to our Gallery


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