Thursday, 12 December 2013

The Golden Triangle


There are no fixed rules in photography, but there are guidelines which can help you to increase the impact of your photos. To make your images more appealing, apply the picture composition rules while taking the photos. Poor photo composition can make a fantastic photo dull, but a well composed frame can create a wonderful image from the most ordinary of situations.


The Rule of Thirds in Photographic Composition
The Rule of Thirds in Photographic Composition


So, the first "golden" rule is the "Rule of Thirds" or "Golden Ratio". To apply the Rule of Thirds, a photographer only needs to divide in his or her mind the scene she or he wishes to photograph in thirds horizontally and vertically with imaginary lines.  The main subject is placed at the intersection of those lines.  


photography composition technique the golden triangle
photography composition technique the golden triangle 


The golden triangle is another good compositional guideline to use when your photograph contains strong diagonal elements. It involves splitting the photo into three triangles that contain the same angles. The golden triangle is simple and works the best with lines but almost every photo will benefit from applying it.  All you have to do it to imagine lines going through your photo. The framing does not have to be precise; an approximate framing will do well.

One right-angled triangle runs diagonally from corner to corner, while the other two triangles are created by drawing a line that goes from one of the other corners to meet the diagonal line at a right angle (example given below). Try and place the diagonal elements in the frame so that they follow this pattern for a pleasing composition.

Here are a few example shots that follow The Golden Triangle rule of photography in composition.


golden triangle rule of composition in photography
golden triangle rule of composition in photography

photography composition rule
photography composition rule

rule of composition in photography
rule of composition in photography

the golden triangle
the golden triangle

N.B: some images used in this article are sourced from google images, a low resolution copy is used for educational purposes.

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