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How To Use Symmetry and Patterns in Photography

How To Use Symmetry and Patterns in Photography

2019-09-15 | photography

Whether or not you are familiar which Symmetry or Patterns in Photography, it is true that Symmetry and Patterns has been used in other visual forms for some time now and is indeed very popular.

If you have never heard of Symmetry or Patterns in Photography but want to know what they are and why you should make use of these extremely effective method to create amazing Photography, then please take a look at the below. What follows describes Symmetry and Patterns in Photography and why you should use this method to improve your Photography.

What is Symmetry?

When referring to Symmetry in Photography what is meant by this is the creation of an image which can be separated into two equal parts (this can be horizontally or vertically). Both of the separate parts of the image should then look same, or if not the same should look similar. Not only can you make both parts of the image look the same or similar bur each part can be a mirror image of the other part. Therefore Symmetry in Photography results in a feeling of unanimity and harmony.

As discussed in my previous point, Symmetry can be either used in a vertical or horizontal sense. When basing your Symmetry vertically, you will find that the left and the right halves will be symmetrical. Opposite to this, when use of horizontal Symmetry, the top and bottom halves of your Photography will be symmetrical.

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Types of Symmetry

There are several varying types of Symmetry that can be used to improve or just enhance your Photography; however in regards to Photography on a whole, the most common method that is often used to create Symmetry in your photos is to create an image which can be split into two equal sections. These are mirror images of each other. The Line of Symmetry is then what splits a symmetrical object.

How to Use Symmetry

So if you are wondering how to use Symmetry to strengthen or weaken the symmetric aspect of a project or scene, there are actually many. The most essential one which I could think to reference is among all of them is “the amount of a scene which you choose to illustrate". Therefore you should consider the position of your camera in relation to this method. It is important to consider the correct height, tilt etc. which could then be utilised effectively to improve your Photography, whether it is that you intend to strengthen or weaken the Symmetry of your piece. But you must remember that the use of Symmetry alone will not produce a great piece of Photography. In order to create amazing Photography and in order to use Symmetry effectively a Symmetrical shot also has to contain two important elements. Firstly a strong composition is essential, coupled with a point of interest that is eye catching and draws in your audience.

If your Photography does not contain both of these elements, there is no doubt that it will not hold your audience’s attention for very long. Achieving an effective sense of Symmetry in an unexpected scene will no doubt make for very interesting Photography topics. Therefore Symmetry can very well work best in situations where you least expect to find it.

If you take a good look around you will always be able to find great examples of Symmetry in so many places. Next time you walk past a Skyscraper, why not look for Symmetry in the architecture. You can also see Symmetry in details such as doors, windows, corridors, ceiling patterns and even in garden designs, which shows Symmetry in landscapes. You can even look for reflections in water; this would be considered a classic example of Symmetry purely because of the compositional balance.

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What is Pattern?

You are probably wondering how Pattern in Photography can also be used to make sure you create amazing Photography. Firstly let’s discuss what Pattern and ultimately repetition means. It refers to an element in a photograph. This element could refer to anything; whether it is natural or manmade. This is enhanced by the fact that thought-provoking Patterns can occur when solid graphical elements such as shapes, colours, tones, and forms or lines continue to repeat themselves.

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How to Use Pattern

In order to create better Photography you can use Pattern as a key to highlighting Patterns and isolating them from their surroundings. By focussing on only the design and excluding all other distractions, you end up creating the impression that the repetition is endless. This concept that the Pattern/Repetition extends beyond the frame allows you’re to create amazing Photography. Telephoto and longer zoom lenses can be used to improve your Photography as they are both brilliant tools that isolate and extract Patterns by shutting out the distractions to your Photography, via excluding extraneous images.

One of the reasons that Patterns can you be used to create amazing Photography is that you are able to reinforce the emotional charm and attraction of their components.

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Please remember...

Both Symmetry and Patterns are everywhere we look, their aspects surround us and enable you to make better, or evening amazing Photography via the use of striking imagery. However when breaking the Pattern or Symmetry of an image, you can inevitably introduce tension to any image. So think about the availability of Symmetry and Patterns which are all around you and make use of these methods to not only improve your Photography but enable you to create amazing Photography.