Although for some people composition comes naturally, most of us might appreciate some help. The guys from COOPH created this video which includes 9 different tips based on images by the well known photographer Steve McCurry (who also adds a few words at the end of the video).
The guys from COOPH (an international photography group based from Austria) recently posted this 9 tips for improving your composition – here is the list:
- Rule of thirds – choose where to place your subjects in the frame accordingly.
- leading lines – lead the viewer’s eye into the picture.
- Diagonals – diagonal lines add movement.
- Framing – use existing framing in your shots.
- Figure to ground – contrast your subject with the background.
- Fill the frame – get close to your subject and fill your frame.
- Center on the dominant eye – make sure that the dominant eye of your subject is in the center of the frame.
- Patterns and repetitions – patterns are aesthetically pleasing – use them when you find them – and if you can find a way to break these patterns.
- Symmetry – symmetry is attractive use it to your advantage.
And as always – just as McCurry says in the end of this video – rules are there for you to break them – but in order to break the rules you need to learn to master them first.
We have looked at some of Steve McCurry works (and even had a chance to briefly meet the man himself during Photokina 2012) including Steve McCurry: a Journey Through Life
You can watch many more photography tips on the LensVid technique section.