No one knows the recipe of a masterpiece, but there are rules that will bring you closer to it. Steve McCurry a recognized genius and author of National Geographic picture “Afghan girl” shares his secrets. If to respect the basic principles of composition, anyone can get a beautiful picture.
Rule of Thirds
The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. Fit important parts of the composition along the lines, and the most important parts – at their intersection.
Use natural lines to focus the viewer.
Well-chosen lines give dynamism.
Use natural framework, such as windows and doors.
The ratio of figure and background
Find the contrast between the object and the background.
Fill the frame
Come closer to the one you’re shooting.
Place the right or left eye in the center of the composition. This makes the look more expressive.
Patterns and repetition of images
Patterns are pleasant to look at, but it’s even better when the photographer interrupts these repetitions, adding an object for contrast.
Harmony of two halves is pleasant to the eye.
Photos by Steve McCurry