Thursday, March 2, 2017

Picture Practice - Composition - Leading Lines

Day 2 - Composition Leading Lines

One of the most powerful ways to create impact in your photos is to use leading lines.  Leading lines are lines within an image that lead the eye to another point in the image, or occasionally, out of the image. They're used to draw a viewers attention to a specific part of the frame, whether it's a person, or a vanishing point in the background of the frame.
There are several different ways leading lines can be used to make your picture have greater visual impact.  Lines can be actual objects, such as a fence or a road, but they could even be shadows on the ground. 
Leading lines do not have to always be straight or vertical.  While diagonal leading lines are especially effective, they can also be horizontal and even curved. The fence below provides both diagonal and vertical leading lines.

Whenever you spot a leading line in a scene, always experiment with different shooting angles. It’s amazing how a simple adjustment can have a big impact on the resulting image. Simply angling the camera a bit higher or lower, or moving to a different place can dramatically alter the shape of the lines, and help your composition to take a completely different turn. Below are two examples of photos taken at the exact same vista. The first photo is nice--the fence peeking out provides a nearby object that helps to create depth.  However, by taking a few steps to the right and including more of the fence, the fence becomes leading lines and the sense of depth is intensified.

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