How the Golden Ratio Works in Photography

In times of social network who never thought of ways to make your photos more beautiful? After all having beautiful photos is everyone’s right. So I will explain to you how the Golden Ratio in Photography works.

The good news is that the rule is simple and easy to make your photos naturally better. You will understand how to quickly use the Golden Ratio, God Number, Golden Rule, Golden Spiral and more.

Let’s present her graphical representation below and then explain why it is a Spiral:

Golden Ratio Spiral
Golden Ratio Spiral

The formula you see in the image is responsible for generating this spiral. The first appearance of this number was probably in ancient Greece, in the construction of the Parthenon, designed by mathematician and architect Phideas, hence the letter it represents is Phi – or φ -, and only later did the number become even more popular when the Italian Leonardo Fibonacci has discovered a sequence of numbers in which the ratio between the pairs in this sequence is very close to the Golden Ratio we are getting to know.

Parthenon built to Golden Ratio
Parthenon built to Golden Ratio

And the pictures?

Now that you know the basics above all, let’s get down to business.. the photos!! See two examples:

Example Photo with Mountain Golden Ratio
Example Photo with Mountain Golden Ratio
Example of Golden Ratio Photo with People's Faces
Example of Golden Ratio Photo with People’s Faces

Seeing these examples you may have already realized that the big secret is in positioning the main point of the photo as close as possible to the center of the spiral. That’s where things get naturally beautiful, is the number of God at work!

And to use the rule you have two options: Either use the grid that your camera or phone has or some mobile application for that. Let’s look at an example with the grid and I’ll explain how we will do it:

Thirds Rule Grid Overlaid with Golden Ratio Spiral
Thirds Rule Grid Overlaid with Golden Ratio Spiral

Did you notice that the grid your digital camera or cellphone has is very close to the center of the Golden Ratio spiral? They are! Here’s the secret, try to imagine this position when composing your photos and you’re done! Your photos will look spectacular.

Now if you like perfection the solution is to use the mobile application, which will generate the spiral in real time and will help you a lot in photo compositions, see a screenshot:

Mobile App Screenshot with Golden Ratio
Mobile App Screenshot with Golden Ratio

Then it’s easy, with the mobile app in hand you move until you find the perfect position. If your main scene is in another quadrant, simply rotate the spiral to fit the correct point. In conclusion, if you want to rock social media, start using this new way of shooting!

Is it clear now how the Golden Ratio in Photography works? If you have any questions, comment below and we will help you!

PS: See the version of the Android app.

PS2: See the version of the iOS app.

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