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3:2 aspect ratio of 35mm film vs. other ratios and the Golden Rectangle

Started Apr 11, 2011 | Discussions thread
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3:2 aspect ratio of 35mm film vs. other ratios and the Golden Rectangle
Apr 11, 2011

I often see posts about how obsolete the 3:2 aspect ratio of 35mm film is, or even better, how much better the 4/3 aspect ratio is (same as old school TV display), but I've found the 3:2 aspect ratio to really work well with my composition and I believe there's something special about the 3:2 ratio (at least compared to other major ratios used in still photography).

I wrote an article long ago about the special characteristics of the 3:2 aspect ratio and how the Golden Rectangle relates and how artists and photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson used it in their composition that I thought I'd share/revive for the forum. I recently updated it and uploaded it into a blog for comments. Interested in other people's thoughts on how the 3:2 aspect ratio affects your composition (good or bad).



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