DYNAMIC SYMMETRY

Dynamic Symmetry photography composition rule example

The Dynamic Symmetry rule is designed to promote flow, rhythm, and balance within your photos. The grid uses 6 diagonal and reciprocal lines to help you convey motion and build action, and 4 horizontal and vertical lines to help you provide places for the viewer to rest. Dynamic Symmetry is well suited to street photography, as it helps you find interesting subjects and colors along dominant diagonals to lead the viewer’s eye around the frame while keeping the piece balanced. 

To apply this rule, align your subjects and the landscape with the diagonals on the grid or parallel to the grid lines. Try to capture elements along multiple diagonals to add a sense of movement to the scene with flow and rhythm, and if you want to create a calmer scene, use the horizontal or vertical gridlines. 

When starting out with Dynamic Symmetry grids, it is easy to be confused by the numerous lines, so the composition rule starts with 2 corner to corner diagonals and allows you to layer the reciprocal, horizontal, and vertical lines at your own pace. Tap the screen to add the next layer of grid lines.

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