“The desire for symmetry, for balance, for rhythm in form as well as in sound, is one of the most inveterate of human instincts.“ – Edith Wharton
I’ve long been fascinated by symmetry and thought it would be fun to do a symmetry challenge this week. You can accomplish this challenge in one of two ways: in camera or in post-processing.
If you want to work in-camera, you might look for a subject that is symmetrical. This may be a man-made object such as architecture, vehicles, tools, etc. Some of these objects may only be symmetrical from a certain perspective, so don’t forget to look at objects from all angles.
Or you might find inspiration in nature with symmetrical flowers or leaves or fruit, etc.
Or a symmetrical arrangement of the same. (Feel free to make your own symmetrical arrangement of a group of objects.)
You can also create symmetry using a reflective surface such as a calm body of water or a mirror-like table top.
There are of course some tips that will help you make photos with perfect symmetry in-camera, such as positioning yourself perfectly centered in relation to your subject, holding your camera perfectly level and parallel to the subject, etc. Here are some great articles if you have never tried this before:
- Symmetry in Photography – Killer Tips to Improve Composition
- How to Use Symmetry in Photography
- How to Use Symmetry in Photography Composition
- How to Find & Create Amazing Symmetry in Your iPhone Photography
- 7 Tips for Creating Symmetry in Your iPhone Photos
Alternatively, you can create symmetry in post-processing along one or more axes. One thing I like about creating the symmetry in post-processing is that you tend to get depth along with the symmetry. I.e. if you take a photo with a shallow depth of field or with leading lines or any other compositional technique that helps the viewer see depth in your photo, then that also shows up when you manipulate that photo to create symmetry in post-processing as in the photo below.
If you are interested in trying a post-processing technique, here are links to some tutorials:
There are also numerous phone apps which will create a mirror-image effect on your photos.
Most importantly, have fun this week!
This week’s challenge summary:
- Create a photo that contains symmetry, either in-camera or in post-processing.
- Post your photo during the week of Sunday, June 27 and Saturday, July 3.
The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:
- Take a new photo for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
- Post your photo each week to our active communities on Facebook or Flickr (or both). Tag the photo: #2021photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
- Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2021 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.