Photo 52: Within the Frame

Classic Composition:  Golden Spiral {Week 47}

Our third week of classic compositional techniques involves the golden spiral, a tool based on Fibonacci’s Ratio and the golden rectangle.

In laymen's terms, a spiral is drawn from the series of squares and provides a way to guide the viewer’s eye to the area of focus in a photo. Spirals, often referred to as "divine proportions", appear frequently in nature — a Nautilus shell, flowers or pinecones.  Like its many uses in art and architecture, the golden spiral can add depth and a sense of balance to a photographic image.

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