9 Photo Composition Tips That Will Enhance The Impact Of Your Photos From Steve McCurry

There are no fixed rules in photography, but there are tips which can often help you to enhance the impact of your photos.

Are you looking up to improve on your photography skills? The award-winning American photographer (Steve McCurry) is the man behind the famous “Afghan Girl” photograph (which appeared on the cover of National Geographic back in 1984), and these awesome composition tips will show you how to take stunning pictures of your own.

The Cooperative of Photography has created a fantastic video on photographic composition using tips and images by legendary photojournalist Steve McCurry. Each of the nine pointers is illustrated with examples from McCurry’s stunning portfolio. Read on to learn from the master photographer himself.

9 Photo Composition Tips

01. Rule of thirds

place point of interest on intersection.

9 Photo Composition Tips That Will Enhance The Impact Of Your Photos From Steve McCurry

02. Leading lines

Use Natural Lines To Lead The Eye Into The Picture

9 Photo Composition Tips That Will Enhance The Impact Of Your Photos From Steve McCurry

03. Diagonals

Diagonal lines create great movement.

9 Photo Composition Tips That Will Enhance The Impact Of Your Photos From Steve McCurry

04. Framing

Use natural frames like windows and doors.

9 Photo Composition Tips That Will Enhance The Impact Of Your Photos From Steve McCurry

05. Figure to ground

Find a contrast between subject and background.

9 Photo Composition Tips That Will Enhance The Impact Of Your Photos From Steve McCurry

06. Fill the frame

Get close to your subjects.

9 Photo Composition Tips That Will Enhance The Impact Of Your Photos From Steve McCurry

07. Center dominant eye

Place the dominant eye in the center of the photo.

9 Photo Composition Tips That Will Enhance The Impact Of Your Photos From Steve McCurry

08. Repetition

Patterns are aesthetically pleasing.

9 Photo Composition Tips That Will Enhance The Impact Of Your Photos From Steve McCurry

09. Symmetry

Symmetry is pleasing to the eye.

9 Photo Composition Tips That Will Enhance The Impact Of Your Photos From Steve McCurry

The videos are made by The Cooperative Of Photography and they deal with everything from the rule of thirds and leading lines to patterns and repetition and natural framing devices. McCurry’s simple but effective tips are easy to follow but difficult to master, but as the photographer notes, “Remember, the composition is important, but also rules are meant to be broken. So the main point is to enjoy yourself while you’re photographing and photograph in your own way and your own style.”

 

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