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MaxCam Features - Compositing grids & overlays

MaxCam for iPhone comes with a variety of overlays and grids which assist in compositing your photo. The available grids range from simple symmetry to elaborate Fibonacci curves. All grids work equally well in portrait and landscape orientation and will adapt automatically to the selected aspect ratio.

Supported overlays and grids:

  1. Symmetry
  2. Rule of Thirds
  3. Golden Ratio ("Phi Grid")
  4. Dynamic Symmetry
  5. Fibonnacci Spiral I
  6. Fibonnacci Spiral II

As always with MaxCam the grid is just one tap away; no need to dig into menus, preferences or slide toolbars in and out. The "Grid" button is located in the shutter bar at the bottom (arrow, the orange background in the screenshots is only for illustration, it's not displayed in the app):

MaxCam for iPhone Screen Grid Camera Live View Overlays

Tapping the button will activate the grid; the default grid is Symmetry which devides the photo area into four equal sized sections (note that the "Grid" button is now filled to indicate that the grid is on):

MaxCam for iPhone Screen Grid Camera Live View Overlays Symmetry

A toast will be displayed for 1-2 seconds that shows the name of the selected grid. Per default the grid is displayed in white; depending on the scene it can be useful to invert it. Tap the "Circle" button to toggle between light and dark grids:

MaxCam for iPhone Screen Grid Camera Live View Overlays Symmetry Dark

Tap the "Tic Tac Toe" button in the lower right corner to cycle through the available grids. Next is Rule of Thirds. Here the view is split into nine panels of equal size in a 3x3 grid. Each panel has the same aspect ratio as the overall photo, 4:3 with the standard iPhone setting:

MaxCam for iPhone Screen Grid Camera Live View Overlays Rule of Thirds

Then we have Golden Ratio (also known as "Phi Grid"). Similar to Rule of Thirds, but here the line segments that are created by the intersections of the grid conform to a ratio of 1:1.6181 (the "golden ratio", sometimes denoted by the greek letter phi: ΙΈ):

MaxCam for iPhone Screen Grid Camera Live View Overlays Golden Ratio

And Dynamic Symmetry. Pronounced diagonals for dynamic scenes; the textbook example is Joe Rosenthal's famous Iwo Jima photo:

MaxCam for iPhone Screen Grid Camera Live View Overlays Dynamic Symmetry

Fibonacci spiral overlays are useful to compose scenes with staircases (see this photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson for an example), walkways or tree branches. Fibonacci I:

MaxCam for iPhone Screen Grid Camera Live View Overlays Spiral Fibonacci I

A flipped version is Fibonacci II:

MaxCam for iPhone Screen Grid Camera Live View Overlays Spiral Fibonacci II

Per default, Fibonacci curves run clock-wise (CW). Tap the button in the bottom left corner to turn them into counter clock-wise (CCW):

MaxCam for iPhone Screen Grid Camera Live View Overlays Fibonacci II Spiral Counter Clock Wise

Tap the "Grid" button again to hide the compositing overlay. The selected grid type and color will be remembered until you activate it again.

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