Photographic Technique Challenge - Rule of Odds

by Larry Nelson May. 04, 2012 8993 views

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.

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

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Mark 9 years, 1 month ago

Wonderful set!

9 years, 1 month ago Edited
Moira 9 years, 1 month ago

I really like the first shot
nice set .

9 years, 1 month ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 9 years, 1 month ago

fantastic set! ilike 1 the most!

9 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jacki 9 years, 1 month ago

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

9 years, 1 month ago Edited
Marsha 9 years, 1 month ago

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 ;)))

9 years, 1 month ago Edited
G B 9 years, 1 month ago

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

9 years, 1 month ago Edited
Sherij 9 years, 1 month ago

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!!

9 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jennifer Litwinowicz 9 years, 1 month ago

great shots!

9 years, 1 month ago Edited
Lubyofthelake 9 years, 1 month ago

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

9 years, 1 month ago Edited
Ray King 9 years, 1 month ago

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!

9 years, 1 month ago Edited
Pete 9 years, 1 month ago

great compositions. excellent work

9 years, 1 month ago Edited
Karman 9 years, 1 month ago

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

9 years, 1 month ago Edited
Mike Meliska 9 years, 1 month ago

Great set....love the post-it tablets...

9 years, 1 month ago Edited
Brenda Nelson 9 years, 1 month ago

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

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