Two principles for better photography

 

We’ve all been there. We’re in the perfect place at the perfect time, we’ve got a camera (or smartphone) in our hand and we’re ready to take the best photo of our lives. Then we hit the button and… the result doesn’t live up to our expectations. When you go to take it again, the moment has passed.

Frustrating, yes. But it doesn’t have to be this way. At Ludic, our highly skilled photographers, artists and scribes are experts at communicating in an increasingly visual world. Here, we share two simple principles that can improve your eye for a shot and help you capture the moments that matter in dynamic and interesting ways. 

The rule of thirds

One of the simplest ways of composing an image that looks beautiful and flows perfectly is to look through the lens and imagine what you’re seeing is overlaid by a 3 x 3 grid. You should then aim to align key aspects of your image along the lines and intersections of this grid. Not only can this make an image flow better from section to section, but it can also create more tension and interest than if you were to just frame a shot centrally.

The golden ratio

As it pertains to photography, the golden ratio takes the form of a spiral derived from a ratio of 1:1.618. What makes this shape so special is that it’s perfectly balanced, meaning any image composed in line with it will be pleasing to the eye. Many people believe the Mona Lisa conforms perfectly to the golden ratio, but this phenomenon is by no means unique to art. It can be found across all of nature, from sunflowers to nautilus shells.

Viewing the world with the rule of thirds or golden ratio in mind won’t just help you take better photos, it will help you find the beauty in all things. Give it a try!

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