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Our Project 52: Heart/Love and the golden spiral

My love gave me beautiful roses on Valentine’s Day….

golden spiral in photography


Ok ok, STICK WITH ME until the end of this post! I promise, it’s worth it!! I don’t want this to go over your head, but when talking about composition in your photos, we are all familiar with a few of the golden rules of composition: rule of thirds, leading lines and framing. But a less known one, one that is considered a little advanced you might say, is the Golden Spiral.

golden spiral in photography

Fibonacci’s Ratio

This law was made famous by Leonardo Fibonacci around 1200 A.D.  He noticed that there was an absolute ratio that appears often in nature, a design that is always there in living things that makes them pleasing to the human eye.

In the golden spiral, the curve leads the eye to the center of the spiral where your curve gets smaller and smaller.

So your subject is placed in the smaller part of the spiral and everything else falls along the spiral.

It is best used for subjects that are rounded like curves, circles or this rose….

golden spiral in photography

This is not one of those things that comes naturally to most of us. Thankfully, just like all things in photography, it’s easy to practice and train your eye.

A few things I suggest:

The Camera Awesome App( by Smugmug) has compositional overlays including the golden spiral.  So download and practice on your iPhones AND your Android phones!!.

In Lightroom, to see the overlay, go to your crop tool, and hit “O” to cycle through the overlays.

In Photoshop CS6+ included the overlays as a part of their native overlays also.

If you have an older version of Photoshop, you can go to for  a free overlay.

Now if I haven’t overwhelmed you…GO FORTH AND PRACTICE!!


Our Project 52: Link up with and

Now, how was your love day?! Link up your love photos below! And don’t forget to head over to Mimi to check out how heart/love photos.

Next Week’s Theme is : From Where I stand!


Tracey Warbey

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

The golden ratio, although not scientifically proven is definitely the go to guide for creating well placed and balanced photographs.. Hence why graphic designs and typographers use it a lot too! Thanks for contributing to the photography community x

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Sunday 1st of March 2015

I missed this post! Thanks for sharing the app for working on this skill via your phone. This is such a beautiful picture. One day, done day...


Wednesday 25th of February 2015

I'd never heard of the golden spiral so I will definitely be on the lookout for opportunities to practice this skill. Thank you for the awesome tip. The roses are beautiful btw!


Saturday 21st of February 2015

When does next weeks theme start? :)


Saturday 21st of February 2015

You can start now!! We'll put the link up next Thursday!