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The Golden Mean
U/W Photo Course
Learn u/w photography the easy way!
The Golden Mean is another overlay we can use to get a pleasing composition.
The Golden Mean is a mathematical formula invented by the ancient Greeks to
describe the geometry of a perfect' rectangle. The 5:8 ration fits pretty close
to the ratio of the 35mm format (24 x 36mm = 5:7.5) but you can stretch your
imagination to drop it on other formats too!
You end up with a sort of y shape and you can superimpose it on your
composition in any orientation. Flip it, reverse it, whatever!
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