Steve McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #8

Legendary photographer's advice for happy snappers and shutterbugs: #8 'What makes a great photograph?'
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The debate over what makes a great photo has been raging for years and as new forms of photography and seemingly more cataclysmic world events occur it looks set to rage for a good many yet.

Undoubtedly a good photo needs compositional order, colour, shape and contrast - and it generally holds that if it doesn’t work as a thumbnail it probably won’t work as a blown up image. A good photo often has a punchline - the thing you see after you’ve looked around it. Cameras now do all the technical stuff if you let them so to the real novice that’s less of an issue than ever. So what is the X Factor a great picture must have?

Steve McCurry Bombay, India (1996) Steve McCurry Bombay, India (1996)

In the heat of any debate and conflicting opinion it’s sometimes best to look to the expert voice to anchor the conversation. As usual, Magnum photographer Steve McCurry provides a salient thought or two in the video above, thoughts put into practice nowhere better than in Iconic.

Watch the remainder of the series here:

McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #1
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #2
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #3
McCurry’s One-Minute Masterclass #4
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #5
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #6 
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #7
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #9
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #10

For a closer look behind the photographs follow the link to Revealed - the true story behind the Afghan 'Mona Lisa'.

For more from Steve McCurry view his memories of 9/11 and follow the link to buy Steve McCurry’s Iconic Photographs.

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Steve McCurry <em>Jodpur, India<em/> (1996) Steve McCurry Jodpur, India (1996)


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