- McCurry's special photography techniques include depth of field, perception, and composition. He has also used techniques like the rule of thirds.
The photo Afghan Girl was taken with a 105mm f/2.5 lens on a Nikon FM2 with Kodachrome 64 slide film but McCurry now uses a Nikon D700 DSLR and a Hasselblad medium format camera. He also now shoots with 28- 70 mm zoom lens. McCurry says, "I am happy with the results of my Nikkor 28-70 lens that I find gives me sharp results.
It seems as though McCurry Primarily uses any available light because he feels it creates a timeless look. I think it also due to the fact that McCurry is always on the move and trying to catch a spur of the moment photo.
Steve McCurry had originally been wanting to become a film maker around the age of 19 but fell in love with still photography. There was not much on his early influences besides thinking kindly of Ansel Adams and Henri Cartier-Bresson's techniques.