Looking to up your photography game? Luckily, 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.
1. Rule of Thirds
Place points of interest on intersections.
Position important elements along the lines.
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 eye follows you.
Patterns are aesthetically pleasing.
But the best is when the pattern is interrupted.
Symmetry is pleasing to the eye.
One last tip to keep in mind, in the words of Steve McCurry: “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.”
Now pick up your camera, get out there, and start shooting!