Golden Ratio

Positioning the main subject in the centre of the image often comes across as too static and boring. However, there are certain noteworthy exceptions. The following tips are therefore not defined too narrowly.

One of the most important rules when creating an image and positioning the subject, is the “golden ratio“.

When creating an image using the “golden ratio” rule, a distance is divided by the following ratio: the longer side a corresponds to the shorter side b in the same way the entire distance of a+b corresponds to a.

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Based on this rule, a grid can be created which can be used to align important image elements.

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The main subject should be placed along the line-line intersection or the intended lines. The following image creation makes the image appear very harmonious due to the reduction and strict use of the golden ratio.

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For examination purposes – The image with the design grid

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This rule has a theoretical feel about it; the “Rule of Thirds” is easier to apply.

To build supense in an image, these rules can intentionally be broken. However, it is useful for beginners to familiarise themselves with these rules.

Below there is another photo which was shot using the golden ratio principle. Compare this picture to the picture above and you will find similarities in image composition between the two despite there being different subjects on both pictures.

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Rabbits - Alexandria - Egypt 2007