Composition Techniques: Symmetry & Centred Subject

  Huntar, an example of Symmetrical Composition

Huntar, an example of Symmetrical Composition

Symmetry & Centred Subjects

 

These two composition technique are fairly straight forward, but incredible effective. Like with the Rule of Thirds, there are key areas where peoples' eyes are particularly drawn to - the centre of the frame being the most popular. This is one of the most common framing techniques, dating back to the beginning of photography.

  Sophie, an example of a Centred Subject

Sophie, an example of a Centred Subject

By placing the subject in the centre of the frame, it helps the viewers to easily identify the main subject of the frame. When shot at a wide aperture, it allows for an evenly spaced background blur which adds depth to the photo and brings the focus (no pun intended) to the foreground subject.

  Minna, an example of a Centred Subject

Minna, an example of a Centred Subject

A symmetrical shot is incredible pleasant to view. It creates a balance in the photo. You can find lots of examples of this in urban architecture photographs or cityscape shots. In the case of the photos with Huntar, and Lotta, the symmetrical background helps to balance out the background and to bring interest to the subject.

  Lotta, an example of Symmetrical Composition

Lotta, an example of Symmetrical Composition

Let me know in the comments below what techniques you would like me to explore next.