It's Week #29: Rule of Odds

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Week 29: Rule of Odds



Photo: Irina Dodea
Week 7: Rule of Odds 2015

The “Rule of Odds” is one of those composition guidelines that can be found in art, design, and wouldntchaknowit, also in photography! 🙂 This rule states that an odd number of subjects looks better than an even number – three, five, or seven, rather than two, four, or six. It simply make the scene appear more balanced to the eye.

This is also a simple way to make a photo more dynamic because the odd number means that your eye and brain cannot pair or group the subjects together. There is always the “odd man out” which keeps your eyes moving over the photo, trying to match the subjects together.

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Try to keep your numbers low. The more objects you have in your photo, the harder it will be to see the difference.
  • If you are working with three objects, consider arranging them in a row or a triangle for a stronger impact. Check out these examples here for some inspiration
  • All of the subjects/objects in your photo do not have to be the same! A tree, a house, and a dog are the same number of subjects as three birds on a wire.
  • Although one is technically an odd number, most will argue that it should not be used to create a “true” rule of odds photo. However, this can be up to you!

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Rule of Odds album from 2015! And of course, The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles. 


Extra Credit: Street Photography!

For some extra credit joojoo, see what the odds are on the street. Keep your eyes open, you will soon start to see them everywhere. Think of windows, benches, pedestrians, buildings, and trees. Passing cars with street lamps. You get the idea… The photographer Teresa Pilcher has captured some awesome rule of odds photos on the street that can be seen here.

Check out The Googles for more inspiration!


Remember, it is not necessary to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!
*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

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