After introducing the basics of photography equipment, it’s time to talk about photography skills. One of the most important techniques in photography is composition, and the most important technique in composition theory is the Golden Ratio.

The Theory of Golden Section 


The golden section theory already existed in ancient times. It is a geometric formula invented by the ancient Greeks. It expresses “harmony”. Therefore, photos can often feel natural when applied to photography. The subject of Da Vinci’s famous painting “Mona Lisa’s Smile” happens to meet the golden ratio!

Golden Section after Simplification

For beginners, the simplified Golden Section theory is easy to understand and apply. Let’s take a look at the Simplified version of Golden Section:


It’s that simple! The simplified version of the Golden Section is a nine-square grid. Some cameras can display this nine-square grid. It is convenient for users to use the golden section theory. Please pay attention to the four points in the middle of the Grid. As long as we put the subject in one of these four points, the golden section is used. The photo will be more eye-catching than the subject being in the middle of the photo. Refer to the following photos:

Sasaki Nozomi

The Photographer placed the subject’s face in the top right corner section following the proportion of the golden section, making the photo look comfortable and grabbing.

Look at the following landscape maps:


The subject is placed at the bottom left intersection of the photo. This is also an example of the golden section.

In Conclusion

Beginners should use the golden section method to take photos. Although not every photo should use this technique, the Golden Section is indeed one of the most basic skills in photography, architecture, art and more. 


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Author: Alex Tam