Lightroom 3 lesson – The Golden Spiral

The golden spiral is a mathematical concept and is a composition tool. A lot of the time, if you compose a photo into thirds (intentionally or instintively or by accident), I think there is a good chance of finding a golden spiral in there somewhere, since the two concepts are closely related. This is explained here and here.

In crop view in Lightroom 3, press O to cycle through overlays other than the grid. Shift + O will rotate the spiral. It use it to make minor or major adjustments to cropping a photo. For me, the spiral often fits more neatly in the photo at 4:3 ratio rather than 3:2.

Beow are examples from my photos.

Uriah Heep 2010

Roger Goode 2011

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3 comments on “Lightroom 3 lesson – The Golden Spiral

  1. […] The golden spiral is a mathematical concept and is a composition tool. A lot of the time, if you compose a photo into thirds (intentionally or instintively or by accident), I think there is a good chance of finding a golden spiral in there somewhere, since the two concepts are closely related. This is explained here and here. In crop view in Lightroom 3, press O to cycle through overlays other than the grid. Shift + O will rotate the spiral. It u … Read More […]

  2. Brian Currin says:

    This is amazing …

  3. […] in the spiral.  If want to learn more about the “Golden Spiral” here is a good post on another photo site. He shows some good examples on that page. If you liked this spread it around Pin ItShare on […]

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