Composition: The Rule of Odds

by Ashley Boakye-Ansah June. 07, 2017 1031 views

The Rule of Odds states that framing your subject with 2 surrounding objects (thus creating an odd number of 3) suggests balance and harmony visually. We tend to prefer balance and feel comfortable with these groupings of 3. Groups of 2 or 4 can sometimes create a sense of competition where as the odd groupings tend to balance that a bit. This is a very subjective rule, but it does create balance.

Remember though that odd numbers really just refer to the number 3. Objects of 5 or more create more density than the viewer will perceive and the effect is null at that point. Larger numbers of objects, however can be divided visually into groupings of 3, thus bringing more cohesion to the composition.

My Photography

I believe the rule of odds is applied here because the odd one out visible in this photo is the door. The rest of the objects displayed in the photo are windows with different sizes big and small. I thought this was pretty picture because the light blue door and the pretty widows is a complete contrast to the dirty,brown bricks.

Camera & Settings

Camera - Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

Focal Length - 18.0 mm

Apperture - f/4.5

Shutter Speed - 1/640s

ISO - 200

As I was walking home from my walk around my neighbourhood, I noticed how they all don;t look the same. I took a picture because of this difference and also quite like the pastel pink colour against the coloured bricks.

Camera & Settings
Camera - Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

Focal Length - 21.0 mm

Aperture - f/5.6

Shutter Speed - 1/200s

ISO - 100


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