17 March 2015

Nine Photo Composition Tips From Steve McCurry For Taking Better Pictures

[Click here to view the video in this article]

9. Symmetry. Symmetry is pleasing to the eye.

The Cooperative of Photography has come up with a list of nine photo composition tips from legendary photographer Steve McCurry.

The tips range from the classic rule of thirds and framing technique, to diagonal lines and symmetry, and are illustrated using McCurry’s images as examples.

Find out these tips and more in the video below.

1. Rule of thirds. Place points of interest on intersections, and position important elements along the lines.

2. Leading lines. Use natural lines to lead the eye into the picture.

3. Diagonals. Diagonal lines create great movement.

4. Framing. 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.

8. Patterns and repetition. Patterns are aesthetically pleasing, but the best is when the pattern is interrupted.

[via PetaPixel, video via COOPH, example images by Steve McCurry]