Part 1: From That Moment Onwards: Visual Skills

The Golden Ratio – while researching for this part of the course I came across the term The Golden Ration in terms of composition so I decided to investigate


Just like in the rule of thirds, place your subject at one of the intersections of these lines. This grid, called a Phi Grid, is similar to the rule of thirds, but since it’s based on the golden ratio, the distances are a bit different. The center sections are smaller than the outer sections.

The reason for this is simple, the Golden Ratio allows for a composition that is perfectly balanced from a viewer’s perspective, creating a photograph that is most pleasing to the human eye. We naturally prefer to look at an image that is balanced and harmonized, and the Golden Ratio provides this.

Famous works of art such as the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper, and The Birth of Venus, among others, are all rumoured to have been composed based on the Golden Ratio. In fact, the Golden Ratio has also been called ‘natures number’ because it is said to appear everAs with all things in photography, experimentation and creativity are key factors. Never let a design principle dictate how you photograph a scene.

While the Rule of Thirds works well for many situations in photography, the Golden Ratio can often be a more pleasing design concept to apply. This is primarily because the ratio allows for a more balanced image.

Simply use it as a tool to guide you in achieving a strong composition, a way to complement your own creativity.ywhere throughout nature, from the nautilus shell to the sunflower.

As with everything in photography composing for the Golden Ratio takes practice, just like composing for the Rule of Thirds once did. Once you become familiar with the general location of the important focal points in the Golden Ration, seeing them in your viewfinder will become second nature.

Perfecting the Composition

Lightroom  has a range of crop overlays available including an overlay called the Golden Spiral that is based on the Fibonacci Spiral.

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