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    Do you think that with the 'golden section' frame assist on the E330 the lines are too close together and not splitting the frame into thirds as, I assume, it is meant to do? Is this the same on other models?
    Also, how many of you use the frame assist? and for what?
    Thanks

    Guy

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    Re: Frame assist

    Originally posted by Guy Roberts View Post
    Do you think that with the 'golden section' frame assist on the E330 the lines are too close together and not splitting the frame into thirds as, I assume, it is meant to do? Is this the same on other models?
    Also, how many of you use the frame assist? and for what?
    Thanks

    Guy
    As I understand it the Golden Section differs from the Rule of Thirds in that it is based upon the theory that principle features of interest within the scene make the most pleasing composition when arranged at random points around a cental circle accounting for a certain percentage of the image.

    I can't remember what this percentage is but I believe it equates roughly to the circle etched on the viewfinder screen of most SLR cameras. As such, the Golden Section follows the same principle as the Rule of Thirds but not so rigidly and with greater flexibility, the benefit of which is more natural compositions that look less contrived but still conform to an accepted protocol.

    Personally I pay no attention to either rule, at least not consciously (subconsciously I may!), preferring instead to place my trust in the old adage, "if it looks right it is right." Certainly, I've seen many dynamic and effective compositions that seem to break every rule in the book and succeed not just in spite of this but because of it.
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      Re: Frame assist

      I only use the grid for alignment purposes (verticals and horizontals) rather than for composition. I'd also agree with John that framing rules are a guide only and shouldn't followed precisely; how the image actually looks is far more important in the end.

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