Composition – Symmetry (Mirroring)

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November 1, 2021 by mrgoldsack

Up next we will be looking at another composition element – Symmetry.

Simply put, symmetry in photography is when parts of your composition (photo) mirror other parts in the same photography. Symmetry is a great way to create balance, pattern, and interest in your photographs – and even a bit of suspense.

Buildings, landscapes, and other human-made elements are often great subjects that show symmetry. However there are few ways we can manipulate our images to create the same effect.

Check out the notes from class: SymmetryNotes


Part 1 – Mirror Practice (In-Class)

Grab and Drag or Download the following items onto your workspace. Follow along with our Photoshop Demo in class.


Part 2 – The Assignment

For this assignment, you will need to take and make 2 of your own Mirroring photos.

Check out the task brief here: 4aMirroringAssignment

Complete the following Self-Assessment when you have finished: 4bCriteriaMirroring

Due Nov 5 


Here are a couple of helpful resources to understand how symmetry is used in photo composition and the different types of symmetry you may encounter in your travels.

https://www.theschoolofphotography.com/tutorials/symmetry-in-photography
https://expertphotography.com/symmetry-in-photography/
https://www.phototraces.com/b/symmetry-in-photography-composition/

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Mr. Goldsack is a fan of wet coffee and dry humour.

Contact: mgoldsack@sd35.bc.ca

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