Crop Thoughts: Using the Golden Spiral
Using the Fibonacci Sequence overlay in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom™ can be a challenge. Most people opt for a simpler Rule of Thirds overlay or a Golden Ratio overlay. Cycling through the Lightroom overlays using the [O] key brings you to the Fibonacci sequence. and its eight variations [Shift][O]. When do/can you use it?
I find this overlay particularly handy for placing a figure near the edge of a frame or, in this case, the eyes (or the sun or any other focal point) near two edges of the frame. It isn’t right for every image but it does work well for some. Look for ways to sweep the motion of an image along the path arriving at a pleasing destination. Also look for the spiral to contain and bound the important part of your subject.
If Rule of Thirds, Golden Ratio, Intersecting Diagonals and the like just aren’t cutting it for you. Spiral toward the edge and see where the path takes you.
Rikk Flohr © 2013