27 Effective Photographic Uses of Symmetry

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Mastering composition in photography can be a tricky subject. You have the various rules and guidelines handed down through the centuries on the one hand and then the post modernists who would throw them all out. Whichever side of that coin you fall on, eventually as a photographer, you will come to the realisation that some very powerful compositions can be made using symmetry. This collection of photographs that use symmetry show what can be done. Share your own in the comments!

symmetry
Image by Greg Jeanneau
clouds
Image by Ariel Pilotto
up and down
Image by Samuel Wong
bridge
Image by Skyler Smith
tunnel
Image by Kevin Noble
symmetry
Image by Colton Duke
symmetry
Image by Nick G
leif
Image by Wesley Gibbs
wtc
Image by Julius Drost
neighbours
Image by Sabri Tuzcu
hongkong
Image by Joel Fulgencio
pylons
Image by Matthew Henry
ancient architecture art brick
Image by Pixabay
modern staircase of white building in sunlight
Image by Retha Ferguson
fog foggy jetty lake
Image by SplitShire
road in between buildings
Image by Brayden Law
black stair low light photography
Image by Guillaume Hankenne
man walking on escalator
Image by Naveen Annam
spiral staircase decorated with modern lamps
Image by Naveen Annam
light sky building architecture
Image by Steve Pancrate
photo of people sitting inside train
Image by Luca Nardone
gray paved road tunnel
Image by Dani Muchow

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PA247964 by zeze57, on Flickr

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Copenhagen Metro by Stig Nygaard, on Flickr

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Forky Lines 10/52 by Skley, on Flickr

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Symmetry by papalars, on Flickr

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Welcome to the City by paul david (busy running!), on Flickr

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The Wall of Hyatt by -Marlith-, on Flickr

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Reflected Steps by Danielle Scott, on Flickr

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Central station by Stig Nygaard, on Flickr

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Orangy flower by Thiru Murugan, on Flickr

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urban geometries 3 – takeoff by Uqbar is back, on Flickr

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Grunge by Travis_Simon, on Flickr

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Symmetry by W Mustafeez, on Flickr

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French Market Stop No.1 – Riverfront Streetcar, New Orleans, LA by Ed Siasoco (aka SC Fiasco), on Flickr

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Untitled by gagilas, on Flickr

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$G_{\mu
u}+\Lambda g_{\mu
u} = \frac{8\pi G}{c^4}T_{\mu
u}$

by D.H. Parks, on Flickr

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hochhausbalkone by loop_oh, on Flickr

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Liège / Luik / Lüttich by Bert Kaufmann, on Flickr

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Life by OiMax, on Flickr

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Dark Coast by nosha, on Flickr

Gray Paved Road Tunnel by Dani Muchow

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A Path, St. Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Abbassiyah, Cairo by Bakar_88, on Flickr

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Rob is the founder of Light Stalking. His love for photography started as a child with a Kodak Instamatic and pushed him into building this fantastic place all these years later, and you can get to know him better here.
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Great collection @lightstalking but where did you get such a great idea for this article?!

Here’s my latest symmetrical snap (I’ve been looking everywhere I go for more as well!)…

Ingrid Abraham
0 mins ago
Wow! These are great examples which prove the rule of thirds is not written in stone.

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