So, if you’ve read anything about photography you will no doubt have come across the rule of thirds as demonstrated by the picture Cheesy Mouse below and if not, here is a free lesson here on the subject (http://goo.gl/Iatg6).
For a series of complex reasons, areas of importance in a picture are best placed where the lines intersect and most cameras and apps can provide you with an on screen grid to help your composition. It’s a great starting place to help you take better pictures, but it’s really only a dumbed down version of composition for photographers.
The golden ratio can be seen in artwork as early as 300 b.c, and in the 16th century it was dubbed the divine proportion. It is a mathematical formula called PHI and crops up in an extraordinarily diverse range of nature, artwork and design (from the Mona Lisa to the Great Pyramids) and has fascinated some of the greatest thinkers of our time.
Essentially, scientists have proven that when you read a picture (yes read…more on that in my forthcoming book and advanced lessons) your brain is looking for the presence of the Golden ration as it defines beauty.
For our purposes and to keep it simple, we are going to look at the Golden Spiral, as it is about placement and flow; helping guide the viewer’s eye and deliver satisfaction.
The Spiral is the natural path your follows as your brain tries to make sense of what it is viewing (like listening to a joke) and by placing the focal point at the end of the spiral you are delivering the punch line.
So, by understanding this, your compositions can deliver more impact and you’ll produce more successful pictures.
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