If you’re a serious photographer or someone who just enjoys taking snaps and sharing with friends, these nine tips could dramatically help the images you create.

The Cooperative of Photography (COOPH) created this three-minute video to illustrate composition tips by using legendary photojournalist Steve McCurry’ amazing work.

While these tips are extremely helpful with getting better at composing shots, you have to remember that rules can be broken. These tips are a great starting point for anyone interested in stepping-up their game when it comes to photography.

Here are the tips mentioned in the video:


1. Rule of Thirds: Place points of interest on the intersections and important elements along the lines


2. Leading Lines: Use natural lines to lead eyes 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 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

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


At the end of the video, Steve McCurry leaves us all with some personal advice:

“Remember, the composition is important, but also rules are meant to be broken,” Steve McCurry says. “So the main point is to enjoy yourself while you’re photographing and photograph in your own way and your own style.”

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