Photographic Tip #5 by Kevan Dobbie

The continuation of a new series of blog posts that are here and available for your reading pleasure, I have decided to not only tell you about the amazing Sigma brand, but to teach you about how to use your camera along with your Sigma lens to capture photographic content that you’ve always wanted to have.

In this 10-blog series we have just reached half way (blog post number 5) and have already covered many topics, namely, the adjustment/interaction with normal light, understanding your camera based on your photographic needs and wants and what works best for you. We have looked a composition with regards to the Rule of Thirds and utilizing Negative Space, as well as Aperture and Depth of Field and in our last blog, Shutter Speed. These are the main topic that I have chose for all of you improve your photographic skills through Sigma’s Learning in Lockdown.

For this blog we are going to explore a bit more of Composition and Symmetry within your image. Now we have already looked at the Rule of Thirds and Negative space, however can you believe it there is much more to that than just those two topics, in actual fact, using the Rule of Thirds is one way to look at composing your images, you do not have to use it, there is more ways you can compose your images and we going to look at these ways and ideas below:

  1. Horizontal Line Symmetry

Symmetry is quite important when looking at an image, it allows balance and pleases the eye and levels proportions of a photograph. When referring to the Horizontal Line of Symmetry – we compare the line of the horizon to the object, ensuring that they are parallel to one another to achieve this type of symmetry.

  1. Rule of Odds

When looking at a photograph an noticing an EVEN number of objects, this in photography can be quite distracting to the eye, therefore incorporating an ODD number of objects is seen to be more pleasing/appealing to the eye and easier to look at than the latter. However, not all natural scenes this can be arranged but the theory is still valid and optional.

  1. Breaking all Rules

Is exactly what it states above, take all the composition rules and techniques that you know and forget about the to create a unique image. However, this should not be used too often.

Below I have selected images for these three topics/theories of composition that I have used and continuously use to create a well composed images as we have discussed above.

Here are my settings used on my DSLR camera to capture my chosen images below:


Now that you’ve read up about Horizontal Line Symmetry, Rule of Odds and Breaking all Rules, try it out using settings from our previous blogs, settings I’ve used above and once again settings you feel works the best for you to achieve your own photographic potential when understanding Shutter Speed and how Shutter Speed and ISO work hand-in-hand.  Send us some photos and feedback on how these tips are assisting you. In each blog we will contribute in growing your skills as a photographer.


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