Photograph above taken in Lake George, NY with a Leica MP240
5 Myths About Dynamic Symmetry
1. Dynamic Symmetry is difficult to learn.
Contrary to popular belief, learning Dynamic Symmetry is actually quite easy. Unfortunately, because many artists and photographers find complicated Dynamic Symmetry examples online, they feel overwhelmed and give up. If you're one of those artists or photographers that think learning Dynamic Symmetry is too complicated, I challenge you to read Michel Jacobs' book The Art of Composition: A Simple Application of Dynamic Symmetry. This book is so easy to learn that a child could fully understand design.
2. Camera grids are necessary for applying Dynamic Symmetry.
If you ever come across a photographer that claims camera grids are necessary for applying Dynamic Symmetry to your images, I can assure you they are only trying to sell camera grid packs, or they lack real-world experience. Camera grids are entirely unnecessary for applying Dynamic Symmetry to your photographs and, in most cases, they're counterproductive for becoming a better photographer. The reality is, photographers have been taking exceptional images for a very long time without plastic grids taped to their viewfinders.
3. Photographers can create compositions like an artist that draws and paints.
Photographers cannot create complex compositions like the artist that draws and paints - it's simply not possible. This is one of the reasons why I don't recommend complex Dynamic Symmetry grid packs for photographers. They are completely unnecessary. If you're a photographer interested in learning Dynamic Symmetry and applying it to your photographs, a basic Dynamic Symmetry grid pack for Lightroom and Photoshop is more than enough.
4. Henri Cartier-Bresson etched the Dynamic Symmetry grid into his Leica viewfinder.
The only thing I will say about this claim is that it's total marketing BS. Any photographer that has ever owned a Leica M camera knows that it's not possible to carve lines into the viewfinder and even if you could, it wouldn't be accurate. This is one of the dumbest attempts at selling Dynamic Symmetry products I've ever come across on a photography website.
5. Jay Hambidge created Dynamic Symmetry.
Although many new to Dynamic Symmetry are under the impression that Jay Hambidge created this system of design, it's actually thousands of years old. Hambidges' contributions were one of rediscovery, not invention.
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