Photo Composition Tips From Steve McCurry

Here’s a great video on photographic composition, created by COOPH using tips and photographs by award-winning and iconic photojournalist Steve McCurry.

Here are the tips covered in the video:

Rule of Thirds

Place points of interest on the intersections and important elements along the lines.

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Leading Lines

Use natural lines to lead eyes into the picture.

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Diagonals

Diagonal lines create great movement.

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Framing

Use natural frames like windows and doors.

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Figure to Ground

Find contrast between subject and background.

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Fill the Frame

Get close to your subjects.

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Center Dominant Eye

Place the dominant eye in the center of the photo.

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Patterns & Repetition

Patterns are aesthetically pleasing. But the best is when the pattern is interrupted.

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Symmetry

Symmetry is pleasing to the eye.

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