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9 rules of a brilliant photo

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.

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Leading lines

Use natural lines to focus the viewer.

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Diagonal lines

Well-chosen lines give dynamism.

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Crop

Use natural framework, such as windows and doors.

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The ratio of figure and background

Find the contrast between the object and the background.

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Fill the frame

Come closer to the one you’re shooting.

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Dominant eye

Place the right or left eye in the center of the composition. This makes the look more expressive.

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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.

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Symmetry

Harmony of two halves is pleasant to the eye.

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Photos by Steve McCurry

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