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.
02. Leading lines
Use Natural Lines To Lead The Eye Into The Picture
Diagonal lines create great movement.
Use natural frames like windows and doors.
05. Figure to ground
Find a contrast between subject and background.
06. Fill the frame
Get close to your subjects.
07. Center dominant eye
Place the dominant eye in the center of the photo.
Patterns are aesthetically pleasing.
Symmetry is pleasing to the eye.
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.”