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Photographic Technique Challenge - Rule of Odds

  • Posted May 4, 2012 by Larry Nelson Viewed 6643 times

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THE RULE OF 3??S: Whenever possible frame your pictures with odd numbered objects. By far the most popular odd number is 3, but any odd number of objects (generally speaking) is better than even numbers. The reason for this is that it is harder for your brain to take in an image that is not symmetrical. Your eye has to move more throughout the image (from object to object) to take it all in. This translates into a ??more interesting? composition compared to one that your eye can take in quicker by dividing it in half or grouping even numbered of objects.

Other posts for the “Challenge” are here! [http]

My personal favorite - I think I counted correctly to make sure the spilled salt granules were an ODD number!

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    • # Jacki

      I really like the onions and garlic... but then I REALLY LIKE onion and garlic! 8^)

      2012.05.05 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Marsha

      Very cool ideas and shots for the PTC, Larry!! I'm just going to take your word on the grains in the last shot, at least for now....don't have time to count tonight - maybe tomorrow ;)))

      2012.05.05 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Justmeg

      for me, the tones and lighting found in shots 1 and 4 are really stunning!

      2012.05.04 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Sherij

      I am so glad you counted the salt granules it saves me from doing it!! ha ha Great post pics! #1 wa-hoo my fave food groups!!

      2012.05.04 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lubyofthelake

      It really is true about this composition....funny, I always preferred asymmetry for the same reason, I think...
      And....
      " One is the loneliest number......"

      2012.05.04 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ray

      and to your explanation i add.... and it just feels right. It's more soothing somehow. Weird, but true. You need to recount that salt. I lost interest in it, so it must be an even number!

      2012.05.04 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Karman

      I had never known that, learn something new everyday. :) The one that caught my eye was the post it notes.

      2012.05.04 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Brenda Nelson

      I like everyONE of these, Larry, especially #1 & 4! (You should have had either 1, 3 or 5 shots in the post, though!)

      2012.05.04 Edited Reply Cancel