Dynamic Symmetry Resources

I use dynamic symmetry grids to compose my photos.

So I set up an overlay in Capture One, which I move and size to create a pleasing image. Then I crop that image using the Crop tool.

Below is a grid, saved as 3000 by 2000 pixels for use with a 3:2 aspect ratio frame.

Feel free to copy this and use it as a guide when cropping your photos.

Dynamic Symmetry Grid, made by Steve Kaye

Grid, 3000 by 2000 Pixels for 3:2 Aspect Ratio

Example of using Dynamic Symmetry to compare a photo
Allen's Hummingbird, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Allen’s Hummingbird, Slide from Photo Class

Web Sites with More Information

Canon of Design: Excellent source of articles, videos, and examples.

The Art of Composition: Contains a link to a classic book on artistic design.

Oil Painters of America: Article about using dynamic symmetry in art.


The Painter’s Secret Geometry, by Charles Bouleau: Shows examples of how different grids were used to design classic art.

The Elements of Dynamic Symmetry, by Jay Hambidge: Shows the math and construction of grids.

Blog Posts with Photos

Why Silence: Photos of Sandhill Cranes

How to Take Off: Photo of a Snow Goose