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9 Composition Tips for Taking Incredible Photographs

This may be one of the finest collections of photography tips that I’ve ever discovered online. Truth be told, I’m a terrible photographer. That doesn’t mean I don’t have good taste. I’m always amazed at the incredible art that’s produced through our friend Paul D’Andrea – a well-known photographer and good friend here in Indianapolis. We call on him to do a lot of client work for us since we despise using stock photos for corporate sites.

In their latest video, COOPH offers 9 Composition Tips for Award-Winning Photos. It’s made me rethink photography because as much as the photographer is working on his subject, it’s clear that the artist is also thinking about his audience as they’re taking their photo.

9 Composition Tips

  1. Rule of Thirds – Place points of interest on intersections with the scene sliced into thirds vertically and horizontally. Position important elements along the lines.
  2. Leading Lines – Use natural lines to lead the eye into the picture.
  3. Diagonals – Diagonal lines create great movement.
  4. Framing – Use natural frames like windows and doors.
  5. Figure to Ground – Find a contrast between the subject and background.
  6. Fill the Frame – Get close to your subjects.
  7. Center Dominant Eye – Place the dominant eye in the center of the photo to give the impression that the eye is following you.
  8. Patterns and Repetition – Patterns are aesthetically pleasing, but the best is when the pattern is interrupted.
  9. Symmetry – Symmetry is pleasing to the eye.

Perhaps the best advice provided by Steve McCurry is that rules are meant to be broken and to find your own style.

Note: We don’t have permission to actually share the photos – so be sure to click through to this post to watch the video if you don’t see it above. I’d encourage you to also visit Steve McCurry’s online gallery and take in the incredible work he’s produced over the years.

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