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Golden Meaning: graphic artists depict the golden ratio – in pictures

Fascinating…….in The Guardian by Alex Bellos

A selection of images from Golden Meaning, a book project in which 55 of the world’s top graphic designers illustrate the maths of the golden ratio

Read his blogpost about the book here


Graphic designers Bibliothèque decided to come up with two visual mnemonics for the golden ratio, which is the number 1.618. When a 0-100C thermometer is divided by this number, the mercury reaches to about 38C, the temperature of blood in humans. When a clock is divided into two sections so that their angles are in the golden ratio, one solution is 12.23, which is an easy number to remember. All photographs: Richard Hubert Smith/GD&


George Hardie poured wine into three specially designed glasses, which are each full with golden ratio proportions – the ratio of wine to emptiness is 1.618.

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6 Elements of Design for Striking Photographs

One of my favourite sites for tutorials and tips is the Photo Tuts site, I can’t help thinking they deserve a better name, but there you go. This tutorial on creating a well designed image hits all the button

What makes a striking photo? Often, it’s merely ordinary things composed in an ordinary manner. That’s because they always tend to have a single theme or idea, and because clutter is kept to a minimum. They are simple, true, and sincere. Today we’re looking at the elements of design (line, shape, form, texture, color etc) that can turn a simple subject into a striking photo.

 Successful photos rely on order, and the main elements that bring and emphasize order in a composition are: line, shape, form, texture, pattern, and color. Every photograph, intentionally or not, contains one or more of these element, which are known as the elements of design.

All of these elements have a huge impact on a photo, especially the line, texture, and color. Usually we recognize and utilize these elements unconsciously. This depends on the individual’s sensitivity to the different visual components out there, and is very much affected by the person’s memories and life experiences that are registered on their own personal mind tape.”…..MORE

©Keith Barnes

36 Strong Compositions That Use Railway Tracks

Railway tracks provide an excellent subject with which to practice using leading lines in photography. If you can mix the obvious compositional advantages of the long lines with other good photography techniques, then you can get some great results. These photographs have largely managed to do that, many in an eye-popping way. So enjoy the collection and use it for ideas for your own leading lines shots. This article from those nice people at Lightstalking

For a master in composition, mystery, suspense and use of lines Henri Cartier-Bresson

4 Rules of Composition for Landscape Photography

Here’s four ‘rules’ for landscape photography that might be helpful……more from those nice people at Digital Photo School

How to Know When Not to Shoot

Many professional photographers get asked the same question over and over by people who want to know how to get better results: “How would you shoot X?” Many professional photographers also have the same answer to that question: “I wouldn’t.”….more…..