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Golden Section and Photography
  
Probably, you are here because you would like to know how to improve your photo technique,
what is the Golden Mean, look at examples, read some articles or maybe use
our online photoadjuster (I am still working
on this, though).

Yes, all the experienced photographers do know the "golden" rules of composition
and use them almost innately. But before you start to use these simple rules
without thinking, you need to practice, think what is better, and read about these
rules. I am not going to describe the mathematical basics of these rules because
they are welldescribed in other places, but here you'll find some examples, links
to those descriptions, as well as JavaScript which could help you.


  
Rule of Thirds or Golden Ratio
So, the first "golden" rule is the "Rule of Thirds" or "Golden Ratio".
It affects the ratio (1:1.618) of a picture size, as well as the placement of
the main subjects in the photo. This ratio is close to the 35mm ratio, so you don't
need to change the size of the photo in most cases. But you need to consider the
composition: main subject should lie on one of the four lines or four
intersections (subject's eye for example). Truthfully speaking, these rules are
not always the same. Rule of Thirds is a simplified version of the Golden Mean.



Golden Triangles
Another rule is the "Golden Triangles". It's more convenient for photos with
diagonal lines. There are three triangles with corresponding shapes. Just roughly
place three subjects with approximate equal sizes in these triangles and
this rule will be kept.


Golden Spiral or Golden Rectangle
And one more rule is a "Golden Spiral" or "Golden Rectangle" (you'll see why it's
a rectangle in the tools section).
There should be something, leading the eye to the center of the composition. It could be a line
or several subjects. This "something" could just be there without leading the
eyes, but it will fulfill its purpose anyway.


As you know, there is always an exception from the rule and all the rules created
just to be broken ;) So, you shouldn't stick to these rules all the time. Know the rule,
break the rule, and use your natural aesthetic sense.
Here you could find several other articles to help you understand the Golden mean.



