Photos by Steven McCurry, screencaps via
Photojournalist Steve McCurry, who is most famous for his piercing portrait of the Afghan Girl, featured on the cover of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic Magazine, is a master at capturing a story in a single photograph. Using his body of work for reference, the Cooperative of Photography has created a simple how-to video to teach budding and expert photographers alike to compose an image as McCurry does. The video takes viewers on a journey from the Rule of Thirds and framing, through pattern-spotting and more.
Here are the nine composition tips they gathered from studying McCurry's works:
Place points of interest on the intersections and important elements along the lines.
1. Rule of Thirds
Use natural lines to lead eyes into the picture.
2. Leading Lines
Diagonal lines create great movement.
Use natural frames like windows and doors.
Find a contrast between subject and background.
5. Figure to Ground
Get close to your subjects.
6. Fill the Frame
Place the dominant eye in the center of the photo.
7. Center Dominant Eye
Patterns are aesthetically pleasing. But the best is when the pattern is interrupted.
8. Patterns and Repetition
Symmetry is pleasing to the eye.
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