This week, we are practicing a composition rule that helps create interest in your image. Images seem to be more visually appealing when there is an odd number of subjects. I did a little research on why that is, and I cannot even pretend to understand how it really works, but I do buy into the theory that, when there is an odd number of subjects, there is normally a center to focus your eye on…a balance to the overall image.
Just like all composition rules, it’s not really a “rule”, but rather one idea of what may work for that particular image. I do tend to put 3’s and 5’s of things in my frame, especially with food. I tend to either have 1 serving, or 3, or 5. But 2 sometimes works, also, if I’m trying to portray a couple about to sit down to a nice dinner perhaps, or a dinner party for 4. Five wouldn’t work for that.
The way I see it, it’s one of the rules to think about, and determine if it works for that image. With my strawberry shortcake below, I believe it does work …. 3 cakes with berries and whipped cream, 3 forks, and 5 whole strawberries as a leading line. Let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by my photo blog.