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Breaking the Rules: Ignoring the Rule of Thirds
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The symmetry, harmony and framing of photography!
Journalists sits on the balcony at the Belgian Parliament Lower House during a session in Brussels, April 29, 2010.
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The exact correspondence of form on the opposites sides of a dividing line. Our eye demands symmetry.

Nice one! these are great, all we need now is a nice new eCommerce site to design.
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-Symmetry - effect of an evenly balanced arrangement of visual information, such as pattern, on either side of a central division.
-Synchronized flash - method of synchronizing flash light duration with the maximum shutter opening.

There is something in geometry and symmetry that accentuates a composition. That's why the Golden Ratio is such a favorite among classical builders and painters.

Being angular structures, buildings will contain plenty of symmetry if you look close enough. Seen through a telephoto or telezoom a building can be deconstructed into a series of detailed close-ups of curves, corners and lines.

For symmetry (Loch Etive) there is space enough, even if the axis of the reflection is not exactly in the middle. Within the square one can very well put that axis higher or lower, without hitting the head or bottom of the frame.

Find symmetry by exploring subjects from a variety of angles. While you might not notice a colorful design as you maneuver through a crowded marketplace, they become blatantly clear from an upper floor window or balcony.

BOARD SYMMETRY/ CHECKMATE: The board upon which the game of chess is played is symmetrical. The beginning set up of the pieces is orderly and arranged. As the game goes on, the symmetry of the board remains, but the arrangement of pieces can get very complex.

Step 12 - Symmetry & Pattern
The effective exploitation of symmetry and pattern can make for an extremely powerful shot, particularly when working with subjects such as architecture. Take time to observe the subject and recognise patterns (using the shapes and lines).

Geometry and symmetry[edit]
A simple composition with cloud and rooftop that creates asymmetry.

Symmetry The property under which some quantity does not change when certain attributes, such as spatial location, time, rotation, and so forth, vary. Synchronous In hardware, it is an event that occurs in a fixed time relationship to another event.

c) In general avoid symmetry unless making a deliberate feature of it.
Contrast. Can heighten awareness.
a) In Black & White -by highlighting subject against background, either black on white or white on black.

Reflections The symmetry created by the reflection of this Moorhen hugely improves the composition of the image.
This technique can be used for flight shots as well as static portraits...

-Dynamic symmetry. main object of the photograph should probably be kept out of the picture; for instance, a photograph showing a person standing at some distance in front of a building may leave the observer wondering whether the person or the building is the primary subject.

The first part of our understanding of the rule of thirds deals with symmetry. Symmetry is generally a bad thing in photography. Avoid putting two focal points in your frame and you avoid symmetry.

In theory: A square frame is the best way to emphasize a round subject's symmetry. In practice: Most of us use cameras that produce rectangular frames, not square ones. So here are two strategies: (1) Center your subject and later crop it square.

Highlighting certain areas of an image can draw focus, create balance and symmetry, and dramatically effect mood. This image was created by firing a flash while going down the slide, while an assistant illuminated other parts of the play equipment with a torch.

There's two satisfyingly chunky control dials (but no aperture ring on the lens barrel), a four-way rocker pad on the back and a selection of buttons arranged with careful symmetry and simple labeling. The rocker pad navigates menus, scrolls around images in playback, and sets the AF area.

Patterns have their own interest, and symmetry, so they offer an alternative approach. The key to shooting strong patterns is to really concentrate on the area where the pattern exists. You need to carefully pare down any distractions as much as possible. To do so, a telephoto lens is often useful.

Symmetry also can look nice. Examples of symmetry can be two people standing side by side with opposite arms propped on hips, back to back, or bodies facing each other and heads turned toward the camera. You can duplicate these poses with larger groups, even with uneven numbers.

The symmetry of being able to set up any movement on either standard is far more intuitive than using base tilts to simulate back movements or front and rear swing to simulate shift. This symmetry is also a great help in learning to use the effects of the different movements creatively.

Example of beneficial symmetry
By now, the free-spirited and creative artist that you are is probably feeling a bit cramped by the seeming rigidity of this rule. However, all rules are bound to be broken sooner or later - and this one's no exception. It's time to unleash that inner rebel.

For example, if there is a lot of symmetry in your scene you may want to highlight the symmetry by centering your subject. Or perhaps moving your subject even further off center will have a greater impact and improve your photo. Be creative and don't limit yourself.

Most of us are intrigued by the symmetry that's found in the world around us. Photograph concentric circles, neat rows of crops, or the curved shapes formed by layers of mountain peaks. Show a welcome sense of order amid an otherwise disorderly scene.

Using linesUsing shape, form, pattern and textureUsing balance and symmetryUsing perspective and scaleUsing colorsKeep the composition simpleThe importance of lightFraming the imageUsing the rule-of-third
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The first is through symmetry - where you have equal size subjects on either side of the photo. This creates a static, solid look with little movement.

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Composition. Note the content and layout of the photograph in regards to subject positioning, symmetry, clutter, sparseness and cropping. Moreover, determine if the photograph is directed in a way that best highlights its intended subject, feeling and message.
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So, in that sense, we now have more symmetry in the controls. But that still leaves the question of how Highlights and Shadows are different from Whites and Blacks. If you just push them around a little bit on a few images, at first you might think they're doing exactly the same thing.

One mic is clearly visible here below the 'N' of Sony, but the other isn't, being almost completely hidden behind the mount. The depression in the body on the right of the picture is purely cosmetic, to provide symmetry to the camera's looks.

The basic philosophy behind it is to avoid a symmetric composition which is usually pretty boring because the view is centered. The connection to the "Golden Mean" are the 4 possible crossings of the dividing lines (see the examples in illustration C1 and C2).
To counteract symmetry the "Rule of ...

The left picture creates an acceptable composition: the boat is located at the lower right third of the frame, so you can also see its direction. Notice also how the symmetry in this picture doesn’t "bore the eye", but creates interest.

The model should be reminded, topside, that these circles are fairly tight. There is no reason to swim 25 yards back just to swim through a frame. Simply move back far enough so the school of fish resumes its natural symmetry. Circles with a diameter of just five yards are usually enough.

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