Golden Ratio

February 28, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

I want to share with you an important photo composition rule.

Taking a photograph with an arrangement less severe than symmetry calls for asymmetry. Asymmetry appears lively, harmonious and casual. A form of balanced asymmetry used in photographic composition is the principle of the golden section. The important picture element, the center of interest, is placed at the golden section.

The golden ratio is 1/1.618. A set of nesting golden rectangles based on the golden ratio creates a logarithmic golden spiral.

At least since the Renaissance, many artists and architects have proportioned their works to approximate the golden ratio believing this proportion to be aesthetically pleasing and harmonious.

The golden ratio is often called the golden section or golden mean. Other names include extreme and mean ratio, medial section, divine proportion, divine section, golden proportion, golden cut, golden number and mean of Phidias.

The golden ratio is seen in nature, in the arrangement of branches along the stems of plants and of veins in leaves, the skeletons of animals and the branchings of their veins and nerves, and the proportions of chemical compounds and the geometry of crystals.


Let's look at two examples where the concept is applied:

"Children on Galata Bridge" - Important elements are placed at the intersection points and lines forming the golden ratio.

"Trams in Beyoglu" - The trams, which are the main subjects, are located in the golden section.

 


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