The Golden Ratio

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  1. Fiendish Astronaut

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    I've a photographer friend whose obsessed with the Golden Ratio and I've read one or two things online about it.

    http://cwlawrencephoto.blogspot.com/2006/04/golden-section-in-photo-composition.html

    Anyone here try to apply this principle to their composition?

    And if it's so good, why can't I trigger and rotate an overlay of the ratio on the viewfinder on my camera?


     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    This also goes by the name of the "rule of thirds"
    You can get overlays for most cameras - though it tends to be the high end ones that are made to accomodate such updates- the beginner line is less inclinded to be cooperative
     
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    35mm and APS-C formats are 2:3 aspect ratio rectangles. A golden rectangle (based on the golden ratio) has an aspect ratio of approximately 2:3.2 so it's already very close.

    I think the ideas behind the golden ration, golden section, divine proportion, etc... are neat, but the common info seems a lot like astrology to me. If it works for you great! Serious studies on proportions used by artists and the influence they have on the viewers' perception of aesthetic quality show no conclusive proof that the golden ratio is any better than any other ratio.
     
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    It's just another try at fitting a relativistic world into Newtonian laws. (Euclidean actually- I think)

    It 'sorta fits' but is not as elegant as it first appears. ;)
     
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    "Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph, is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk." Weston
     
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    what? I can skip that part when I go out the door? That takes a few minutes of my morning routine...
    :mrgreen:





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    You might get to work faster by flying ....
     
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    Hmm... Did I post the wrong Fibonacci links?
     
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    Rules are meant to be broken or, atleast bent severely.
     

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