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iPhoneography Quick Tip: Odd Composition Rule

So you know how they say two’s company, three’s a crowd, four’s a group and five’s a party? Well today we’re talking about how you can use items grouped together to improve your iPhoneography compositions. This little “Odd Composition Rule” suggests that odd numbers are better than even numbers when it comes to photography. So going on that notion we suggest that when shooting try to work with groups of 1, 3, and 5 (or 7, at a push).


Photo by Michael Chandler / Momoyama

Although this is hardly a rule in the sense that it should work every time, you will have to use your best judgement here. There’s very little rhyme or reason to it apart from the fact that groups of 3 or 5 create a natural sense of balance since there’s always one thing in the middle. You could go for symmetry within the subjects (keeping everything the same size height) or you might be taking photos of people who are naturally of different shapes and sizes in that case take into consideration the way their shapes could work together. Don’t forget to assess the space between the subjects – some compositions may call for your all 3 things lined up in a row, another composition may benefit from a bit of space and depth between the subjects. In many cases 3 is a great number, 5 and 7 can also work but you do run the risk of cluttering your frame.


The Three Trees
Photo by Dar’ya Sipyeykina / F. C. Photography

Funny enough this same principle works for arranging household objects and accessories, groups of 3 and 5 are somehow almost always more visually pleasing than 2 and 4. Maybe we should branch out and start writing home improvement posts too?

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One Response to “iPhoneography Quick Tip: Odd Composition Rule”

  1. Very interesting. I will try to focus more on how people react when they express their preferences on this odd composition rule concept. Thanks for the tip.


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