Rules are meant to be broken, and that definitely applies to photography. It’s all about being yourself and showing your own personal style through imagery. But, you have to know the rules first before you can break them. And, in the case of composition, there are some rules that should be followed—at least sometimes. Here, COOPH explains nine essential tips for great composition using the work of world-renowned and influential photographer, Steve McCurry:
1. Rule of Thirds
Place points of interest on intersections or important elements along the lines.
2. Leading Lines
Use natural lines to lead the viewer’s eye into the picture.
Use diagonal lines to create 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 the Dominant Eye
Placing the dominant eye in the center of the photo will give the impression that the eyes follow you.
8. Patterns & Repetition
Patterns are aesthetically pleasing, but are best when interrupted.
Symmetry is also pleasing to the eye.
For the rushed readers out there, that’s a quick list of the nine essential composition rules, but I highly suggest coming back to watch this video just for the incredible photography work that’s featured. McCurry really is an inspiration.
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