This post is required under User eXperience Design, Principles and Concepts; KSU course IAKM 60120. It’s intent is to write a short post about what stuck me most in the previous week.
This week’s course content covered the fundamentals of good layout design. One of the topics discussed was the use of the Golden Ratio, a layout rule that uses the perfectly symmetrical relationship between two proportions. Closely related to the Fibonacci Sequence, the Golden Ratio is drawn as:
Luckily, for photographers, using the Golden Ratio in Adobe Lightroom is easy, as it is an overlay in the cropping tool— as shown in the screenshot that starts this post. The point is to place the strongest element of the photo close to the center of the spiral end. (I rarely use the exact center of the spiral because I’m just plain contrary by nature.)
While a very strong tool to use, the Golden Ratio is not the only layout schema available. Two other popular methods (of many) are shown below, and are particularly effective when the image is comprised of strong lines…the Rule of Thirds (first photo) and the Diagonal Rule of Thirds (second photo):
Whatever layout scheme you use the point is clear: good layout adds a sense of dynamism, clarity and balance to any artistic endeavor!
Thank you for dropping by the Book of Bokeh. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it.
The photo was taken at a Civil War Memorial just around the corner from my home. Photograph and comments ©John Etheridge with all rights reserved; not to be used without the expressed written permission of the copyright owner.