10 Composition Tips with Award-Winning Photographer Steve McCurry
The COOPH (the Cooperative of Photography) explains 10 photo composition tips with the help of Steve McCurry’s incredible photographs. McCurry is an award-winning editorial photographer best known for his photograph, “Afghan Girl” (Sharbat Gula), which originally appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic magazine when she was approximately 12 years old.
#1 Rule of Thirds
Place points of interest on intersections
#2 Leading Lines
Use natural lines to lead the eye into the picture
Diagonal lines create great movement
Use natural frames like windows and doors
#5 Figure to Ground
Find a contrast between subject and background
#6 Fill the Frame
Get close to your subjects
#7 Center Dominant Eye
Place the dominant eye in the center of the photo.
This gives the impression the eyes follow you
#8 Patterns and Repetition
Patterns are aesthetically pleasing.
But the best is when the pattern is interrupted
Symmetry is pleasing to the eye
#10 Rules were meant to be broken
Enjoy yourself and photograph in your own way and style