Time to Take the Rule of Thirds Up a Notch

Photo by James Brandon

Have you ever heard of the Fibonacci Series?  How about the Golden Mean, or the Golden Ratio?  Well, despite my nerdy engineering background — neither had I until I read Dan Brown's infamous The Da Vinci Code.

The most boring aspect of the Fibonacci Series is the math (gasp!).  But it's where we must start….with this simple sequence of numbers:

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144…..

Do you see the pattern?  To get the next number in the sequence, simply add up the previous two numbers.

And the Golden Mean or the Golden Ratio is the number that shows up when you divide one of the numbers in the sequence to the previous number.

For example…144/89 = 1.617977

If I were to divide larger numbers that show up eventually in the sequence, I would start to get a very close approximation for the Golden Ratio — which is 1:1.618033….

So what.

Exactly.  So what.

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So…What Kind of Camera do You Shoot With?

Photo by: wickenden

Have you ever experienced camera envy?  Of course you have, you're a photographer.  It comes with the territory of being a photo geek enthusiast.

Weddings are notorious for gear envy. While most full-time professionals have top-of-the-line gear, many of us part-time pros find a way to make due with what we've got.

I know you're just itching to know…..so I'll spare you the agony and tell you that right now I shoot with a Nikon D90.  I think it's pretty awesome.

But the last wedding I shot I was “out-geared” by at least 4 other people.  Not pros, just moms and dads and brothers and sisters looking to capture the events of a wonderful day…who also happened to own cameras that have more digits than mine and lenses that were more heavy than mine too. :|

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