Balanced Pictures: using color, shape, light and shade for perfect composition

Using patterns for balanced pictures

Odd numbers work best for balanced pictures

Odd numbers work best for balanced pictures

One person more and one person less would have toppled the balance in this silhouette. Try covering up the photographer on the left to understand the power of odd numbers.

There’s more than just a hint of truth in the phrase ‘three is a magic number’, especially where photography’s concerned.

In fact, odd numbers rule the roost when we’re talking about top flight composition. If you want to compose your pictures perfectly, try reducing the amount of subjects to three.

Three people or three colors or even three tones – the list goes on. Odd numbers work well because they fit better into a frame that’s symmetrical and has four sides.

Framing for odd numbers also leaves you one central figure, which can be perfectly balanced on each side.

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