Composition - Leading Lines

February 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Leading lines create a path for the eye to navigate through a photo. Most leading lines start on the bottom of a photo and lead upwards towards the main subject. Roads are an excellent example of a leading line. The road can lead to a subject or continue on to "infinity" allowing the viewers imagination to fill in what is beyond. 

Leading lines are all around us. Some are straight, some are curved, some are shaped like a "Z." It is up to the photographer on how to use leading lines for a composition. The first step is to identify surrounding leading lines and design your composition to enhance the photo. Leading lines direct the viewer, tell a story, and place emphasis on your subject.

Here is a list of leading lines that quickly come to mind:

  • Roads
  • Fences
  • Paths
  • Sidewalks
  • Piers
  • Trees
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Streams/Rivers
  • Shorelines
  • Rocks
  • Waves
  • Sunrays

Look for leading lines and incorporate them creatively into your composition.

Sunset on the WaterSunset on the WaterExample of how leading lines can be used.

 


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