Analyze and Edit Your Favorite Images! 85 Pack of Grids for Lightroom and Photoshop Includes the 1.5, Roots 2, 3, 4, 5, the Root Phi, and the Phi Rectangle + The Art of Composition (PDF) (Mathematically created for improved accuracy)
Lightroom/Photoshop Grids vs. Camera Grids (Frequently Asked Questions)
Do I need to tape design grids to my camera to get a well-composed photograph?
Regardless of the Dynamic Symmetry product claims you might find online, professional photographers don't compose their images using a Dynamic Symmetry grid attached to their camera nor are they photographing with these grids in mind. Additionally, this approach to applying Dynamic Symmetry does not give the photographer a real-world view of how to best utilize classical design principles.
"I hope that we don't ever see the day when a ready-made photo system, which guarantees good photographic compositions in advance, go on the market." - Henri Cartier-Bresson
Why don't you offer a *grid pack for digital cameras, phone cameras, iPads, iPhones, etc.?
Attaching a design grid to a camera's viewfinder prevents the photographer from concentrating on the scene or subject they are photographing because they are always preoccupied with lining up visual elements. In turn, this visual distraction limits the photographer's creativity because they aren't considering any other alternatives for their composition besides the design scheme they have chosen to tape to their LCD screen.
Additionally, and more importantly, photographers that rely on design grids attached to their camera will never develop the necessary intuitive design skills to shoot without this visual crutch. Simply stated, taping design grids to your camera is not the most effective approach for applying Dynamic Symmetry in photography and is, at best, a technique best reserved for the "beginner" student.
*For those that want to give this method a try, click here to download a printable 1.5 grid for any LCD screen. See finished product here. To purchase an iPhone and iPad Dyanmic Symmetry grid, click here. To learn more about this method, please see my user's guide.
Can photographers learn to visualize the Dynamic Symmetry grid while taking pictures?
It's highly unlikely that any photographer can visualize the full armature of the rectangle while trying to concentrate on the scene or subject they are photographing and I would be wary of those that claim they can. While design grids do play an essential role in post-process analyzation, master photographers don't tape composition grids to their camera to create "art." With that said, the goal of the photographer shouldn't be to memorize the Dynamic Symmetry grid but instead develop the necessary skills to be able to recognize a masterful image intuitively.
Why don't you offer a grid pack for artists that draw and paint?
Using pre-made grids to create art negates the benefits of using Dynamic Symmetry. In other words, the artist should create a composition that fits their subject - not create their subject to suit a particular pre-determined design grid or theme. Additionally, because Dynamic Symmetry offers the artist infinite possibilities for their compositions, it would be futile to create a grid pack that would accurately represent every design scheme possible.
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